Our party of three wandered into the three-quarters full restaurant at 6:30 on a Friday night. We were promptly seated at a comfortable table. Service was instantaneous. Good buzz, happy wait staff, decent noise level, clean surroundings, understated decor.
We chose the Super Set Family Dinner, which enables each diner to select an entree for sharing from a list of 18 choices. My wife wanted a selection not on the list and the waiter/owner instantly obliged. We chose Orange Chicken, Broccoli Beef and Sweet & Sour Shrimp. The Super Set includes Won Ton soup, Fried Rice and a very nice appetizer of pot stickers and crispy veggie egg roll.
Our group has plenty of Chinese dining experience around the globe and around California. Gotta say it: Leo's Kitchen ranks with the best. First up was an appetizer of crispy egg rolls and clearly home-made pot stickers, accompanied by dipping sauce and that great Chinese mustard for the egg roll. Attractively served, we gobbled it up, commenting on the freshness and flavors.
Next, the Won Ton soup was a home run. Bring more! The broth is strong and the won tons are plump and perfectly seasoned. We've become jaded by mediocre quality at other places. Leo's offering was a very pleasant change. The only thing that could improve it is to bring a large bowl to the table so the patrons can help themselves to double servings.
Coinciding with our last slurps, the entrees arrived. I wish I had my camera as they were very attractively presented. Wow, they all looked terrific and it did not take long for each of us to load a plate from the generous servings. Best of the lot was the sweet and sour shrimp. Plump and tasty shrimp fried inside a delicate covering - much better than tempura. The sauce was perfect. The broccoli beef was also generous and pretty much as good as it gets. The orange chicken? Wow, another home run. And the Yang Zhou fried rice was both generous and delicious.
We ate and ate and ate and still took home two containers of leftovers, certainly enough for a two-person lunch.
Next time, we'll sample from other sections of Leo's extensive menu. The Clay Pots sound appealing, with names like Eight Treasures and Triple Delight. One menu section is devoted to vegetarians (11 offerings). In all, the menu's 15 sections offer something like 200+ choices. And a long Lunch menu dishes up heaping plates for around $6.
The Super Set Family Dinner is priced at $12.95 and is worth every penny. The friendly staff added to our dining pleasure. I think we have a new Chinese favorite in Roseville. And a really grand menu to work through.
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