Feed the dragon within at Dragon Palace in Mandurah

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In 1999 Maggie Cai noticed there were limited choices out there for people wanting an authentic Chinese dining experience in Perth, that's why she decided to expand the family business and continue the Dragon Palace chain in Western Australia.

Dragon Palace started its life at James Street in Northbridge and then in 2008, the business expanded to 66 Francis Street, Northbridge.

"We wanted to introduce an authentic Chinese dining experience to local people," Maggie said, "Our Northbridge venue can now fit up to 400 guests and we have 20 private karaoke rooms on the second storey."

Maggie's family opened the first Dragon Palace restaurant in Germany and Maggie has been involved in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years.

Dragon Palace general manager Kenji Kam has been working with Maggie for more than 10 years and marketing manager Erica Li has been with Dragon Palace for four years and helps Maggie with the property development side as well.

"We have more than 200 employees, including those in Malaysia," Maggie said.

"Our chefs specialise in different sections including dim sum, a la carte and Hong Kong barbecue, so in each of our shops the menu will be slightly different and each shop has its own signature dish."

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Maggie notes that the variety of food in her restaurants is what makes the business so special.

"We have dim sum in the morning and at lunchtime, a seafood steamboat buffet at our headquarters in Northbridge, an a la carte menu available in all shops and we always have different types of seasonal live seafood available," she said.

"Our lobster and snow crab dishes are very popular and we have a lot of tourists come to our restaurants to try the local seafood."

The menu at Dragon Palace offers a combination of different Chinese cuisines including Szechuan, Canton and Hong Kong barbecue.

Maggie says the main focus for Dragon Palace is delivering quality food and service to customers.

"We are new to the Mandurah community and we are very excited to be part of it," Maggie said.

"We are looking forward to meeting local Mandurah resident and tourists."

"We hope Mandurah will be one of our most popular destinations and bring in more tourists and business for locals," she said