My toilet has a 1.28 gallon per flush feature. It's brand is Kohler. How do I know that? Well for most of the afternoon, we got to spend quite a bit of time together - some bonding time - As I was dry-heaving and throwing up into it after eating at Bernard's.
While I'm not 100% convinced that it could be from eating at Bernard's, my wife wasn't feeling so hot either after we had lunch there recently. I'm still in utter shock by that fact, especially since I had been to Bernard's another time prior, many years ago, a visit which had left a memorable impression on me. And it's a shame really because this restaurant went through major renovations as part of the Chestnut Hill Mall revamp in the last few years, bringing new businesses and upgraded design and architecture to the area. They went from being a swanky-like, white tablecloth restaurant to a modern, gorgeous Asian restaurant with lots of dark woods, glass and sleek features. It's stunning inside and very tastefully decorated. I want to love this place, I really do, but my experience spent on the bathroom floor... well... not fun.
But despite being in somewhat of a luxurious strip-mall and expensive area, the prices here kind of amazing. Almost Chinatown-esque and thus very affordable for the masses. Most of their appetizers around about $6-$7 and their entrees are $15-$19 for most of the menu. Not bad at all.
One my most recent visit here, the wife and I split some pan-seared scallion pancakes ($5.75) which came with 3 dipping sauces and which were very tasty. Not too oily either. Then I had some chicken chow foon ($11.50) and the wife had something off of their specials menu. I washed everything down for 4 glasses of their incredibly tasty, unsweetened ice tea. It could be the best iced tea I've had, or definitely up there. Quite memorable, especially since it was fountain iced tea. Iced tea lovers? Try it out. You'll thank me later.
Service was mediocre. We spent the first 20 minutes there waiting for menus, and another 15-20 minutes waiting to place our order despite the fact that the restaurant wasn't full and never having to wait for a table in the first place.
So what to think of Bernard's. It's a tricky one. Maybe I should try it again? My stomach is still angry at me though and I do think that I had food poisoning from them but with that said, maybe - and hopefully - this could be a one time thing? I really want to love this place, despite the side effects from my last visit there. Their menu is a crowd-pleaser and is still of American-Chinese classics as well as more a few Japanese dishes. They have it all, from boneless spare ribs ($5.25) to crab rangoon ($5.25), to Japanese Udon ($11.50-$12.50) and fried rice ($7.50). They have Kung Pao chicken ($8.25), General Tso's Chicken ($8.25) and even Peking duck ($37). And many more dishes as well. Maybe you should stay tuned for an updated review, as I'll try and see if I can return without my stomach churning at the thought. I did love their iced tea and food after all...
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