‘Twas the night of the Chinese New Year Parade and we decided (almost last minute) to head into Chinatown to be a part of the festivities. As we didn’t have a lot of time to spare and not being regular visitors to this neck of the woods, we were pretty much at the mercy of whatever restaurant had a spare table. We entered the door of New Tai Yuen and were brusquely told “Upstairs!” So being good patrons we followed another group upstairs and waited until we caught the eye of an elderly man who handed us a couple of menus and pointed us to a table on the far side of the room, telling us as he did so that he was 75 years old and ‘Didn’t work there’, and was only helping out for the night.
We found out table and checked out the menu even though we were more interested in the parade and getting our meal sooner rather than later. After ordering we thought we’d check out Tripadvisor and see what other reviewers had written…Uh oh! It didn’t look good…but, as we were already there and had already ordered we decided to see how things unfolded. We have to say that we had an enjoyable experience. The wait staff were rushed due to the nature of the evening perhaps, but they were good natured and ready to have a laugh with us. The older gentleman played his harmonica twice – odd to hear a Chinese man playing Waltzing Matilda I must say, but he was entertaining and people seemed to appreciate his playing.
The décor was in line with other similar Chinese restaurants so nothing unique. The food overall was not wonderful I must admit however the prices were not over the top either. We were served within good time so no complaints here. Perhaps we visited on a night when the local festivities buoyed the staff and us into a lighter way of being, must say our experience was not as bad as described by other reviewers.
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