“Luncheon specials $8.50, hole in wall, limited seating,huge portions, hold the salt”
We stopped by here on a Sunday morning after hiking up from Carmel Beach to build up an appetite. The restaurant opens up at 11:30 am, and we got there by 11:55am, hoping to beat the crowd, as the place only seats about 34 people on 17 tiny tables. The restaurant is hard to find and is a hole in the wall, not visible from the street.
The restaurant had only a handful of guests eating, and the waitress seated us immediately. We were offered a table in the center of the room, but we would be only inches away from occupied tables on each side. So I got opted for a table next to the wall farthest from the entrance, as there was a baby wailing at a table near the entrance.
Spartan seating, with plain painted white tables and blue chairs jammed together, with an attractive glass wall looking outside on two sides, so the place wasn't too clostrophobic.
We ordered from the luncheon special, with entrees at $8.50 apiece. Previously when I had been here, the food had been very salty -probably from the soy sauce poured over the noodles and chicken. So this time I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken with no salt, and I advised my wife to get the Mu shu Pork, which I had seen a local Asian eat in this restaurant before.
The hot and sour soup came first, with tons of tofu, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green onions but no pork bits. It was on the spicy side, and crunchy, better than most places.
The main dishes arrived shortly within minutes thereafter. A heaping plate of food, with a large scoop of brown rice, noodles, and the main course. My kung pao chicken came with sliced squash, zucchini, mixed in with the red hot peppers over chunks of white chicken breast. Tasty, but not a whole lot of fire to the chicken, and the noodle sauce had plenty of salt.
My wife's Mu shu Pork came with the food already rolled up in the flour roll, with vegetables, bean sprouts, scrambled egg bits, mixed in with shreds of pork. I would have liked more meat in the dish. My wife had to ask for plum sauce to add sweetness to the dish.
As we were finishing our meal, the line outside the restaurant started building up, with every seat taken. In addition, there were a number of people who had called ahead and were ushered into the kitchen to wait for their takeout -right behind us. Next time, I will opt for a table away from the wall next to the kitchen.
Our bill for $18.45 before tip, arrived while we were still eating. I put my credit card out, and it was snatched away by the proprietor and wrung up in record time. As soon as I signed the credit slip, the waiter came around to snatch up our plates, with still bits of food left -talk about prompt service! I guess they were anxious to clear our table for the long line of customers waiting out the door!
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