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“Very Good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zhang's Restaurant

Zhang's Restaurant
455 Boston Post Rd Ste 58, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 388-3999
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Ranked #43 of 72 Restaurants in Old Saybrook
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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“Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

It's not the most attractive restaurant but the food is very good. We typically order take-out. They are accommodating as we like a bit of extra spice. We do think it is "pricey" for chinese food.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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USA
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“Zhang's - Best Asian in Old Saybrook”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese/Sushi? Zhang's has it and it is always very tasty. Nice dining room and the service is always good.

Visited April 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
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“Very Good -- Though Pricey -- Chinese Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The food here is very good, though it is in a cheesy strip mall location. While not a "cheap" Chinese restaurant by any means, make sure you only use cash and, although they accept payment by plastic, do not give them your credit card or allow it out of your sight under any circumstances. Again, the food is quite good, but be forewarned.

Visited September 2013
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Essex, Connecticut
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“Tasty Chinese dishes, terrific sushi!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

It's a Chinese restaurant, but don't let the unassuming storefront send you away with a shrug. The ambiance is typical, though made somewhat more interesting by the full scale terra cotta soldier in the entrance lobby. If you want you're General Tso's chicken, you'll have a well prepared portion to enjoy here, as well as all the typical American versions of Chinese dishes. The mu shu pork deserves special mention, though. They get it just right.

But if you leave without ordering something from the sushi menu for the day, you'll have missed an opportunity. Make your order, then step over and watch the modest and skillful sushi master do his work. You'll be delighted with the visual impact, and the flavors with send you away well satisfied.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Bigger is not better / sushi”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

A few words about sushi. What makes perfect sushi. Sushi is at its best when all the ingredients are proportionally perfect and then assembled. Zhang's thinks that 8 huge pieces of unmanageable sushi is the cats meow. Its a diameter thing. Sushi is rolled and the only thing that makes it twice the size is twice the rice. When there is twice the rice the flavor is lost from the main ingredients. Whats worst is that its almost impossible to pick up with out it falling apart and more importantly is that you have to stuff the entire thing into your mouth at once. There is no cutting Sushi into 4 smaller pieces after its cut from the roll. Choking on a 3" strip of sea weed is a definite possibility or a clump of sticky rice. The answer is simple, roll smaller diameter sushi and give 16 correct sized pieces instead of 8 huge sized horse choker pieces. It started out that way back in the early days of sushi. They won't do it as like most sushi restaurants it comes down to $$$. It costs more to make 2 smaller more enjoyable rolls and rice is cheap. Of course the dumb consumer thinks they are getting so much sushi and a they are getting is twice the rice. Look in the middle of your roll next time. The main ingredients are still the same size and there is a 1/2" of rice surrounding it. I want flavor not bulk. I want to enjoy a manageable sized piece of sushi that does not have the possibility of choking me to death. And yes the prices are creeping up into the $10 per roll range. The food otherwise across the menu is ok, not crazy good like the stuff you cant wait to come back again for. But if you take someone out for dinner you wont be embarrassed. The food is still good and yes it depends on who is cooking. The place is rarely packed so you can walk in anytime and get served. About the service? Well Its funny that us Americans could complain about too much service, but as we all know the typical wait staff in a Chinese restaurant will stand off to the left and stare at you during the whole meal making sure no funny business is going on. I must say at Zhangs the wait staff is very nice and pleasant to be served by.
Lets get this sushi thing figured out and lets get the prices back down to normal. Then we can come back and but "rots if sushi" and drink over priced over iced drinks!!!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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