This restaurant does offer a menu and all the usual Chinese-American offerings were there. But for something different, try the Mongolian grill.
If you don't cook or are unfamiliar with Asian cooking, it's a bit strange at first. As long as you know what you like, it's pretty hard to mess up. Many different raw meats and veggies are on a large salad bar. You fill the bowl up with what you want, then pick what sauce and/or oil you want, then take it to the grill for the cook to heat up.
It's not a grated grill in the conventional sense, it's a large flat plate grill that is very hot and cooks very quickly. In about 5 minutes, your items are done.
My colleague and I went about 3 pm, so we paid the dinner price of around $10 US. I enjoy cooking and I try to cook in the Asian style. Mainly from deconstructing my favorite dishes from my favorite restaurants and websites.
I made my own dish of chicken and pork with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms,cilantro and the "house sauce". It was one of the better blends I came up with. I did fairly small portions, so I went three times. Each time I did something a little different or with a different sauce. Included is a spring roll and choice of soup. I certainly got my moneys worth.
I can't speak to the menu items, but for the grill, if the food is bad, you have no one but yourself to blame as far as taste is concerned. As far as preparation, yes, my one dish the veggies were a bit under-cooked.
Some tips: A meat, onions,carrots, shredded cabbage and the house sauce is a good place to start when making your own dish. You can add sesame oil, lemon oil, ginger sauce, chili sauce or just plain soy sauce. Or all of the above! Don't be afraid to stack the bowl with food either.
I go to Asian buffets usually because I can't decide what to eat and want a bit of everything. This restaurant offers variety and a chance for you to control how much of everything that goes into your dish. It's the perfect buffet really.
The decor was standard tired strip mall Chinese and the service was OK. Plates were cleared quickly and glasses topped off, but the place wasn't crowded either.
If you are looking Chinese flavors and are willing to try and make it yourself, this is restaurant is hard to beat. I'll be back when I have time in Durango again. I might even go again this week now that I know the deal. It's a good option when you don't want to pay Historic Durango prices for dining either.
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