The Oriental Pearl is a place that I have gone to for years. Sadly, I believe that the last year or two the quality has been declining. The food does not taste as fresh as it did in previous years. That being said, I do like the hot and sour soup and the vegetable fried rice. Being that the Oriental Pearl is just a couple of minutes away from where I live, I called up to place an order for takeout. It was a simple order- small vegetable fried rice and a large hot and sour soup. I waited the 10 minutes that they told me and then went to the restaurant. The order was not ready, so I sat, and sat , and sat for 30 minutes. My order should have taken 5 minutes to prepare for take out. I got fed up with waiting, and told George (the owner) that I had to leave. He told me he had it there, even though I was sitting a few feet from him. I found out, by being over-charged that they got the order wrong. They gave me a large order of both. I told him I didn't order a large fried rice, and he argued that I must be mistaken. He sent the order back to the kitchen to get fixed, and I waited a few more minutes. I walked out of that restaurant feeling frustrated and extremely annoyed that my simple order took more than 40 minutes. I vowed then to never go back. It just is not that good to put up with such frustration. But that was not the end of the story. When I got home and opened up the vegetable fried rice, it was way less than a pint, AND there was a hair laying on top of it!! I question whether it was deliberate or an accident. I may never know, but I do know that I will NEVER go back there again! There are many more similar restaurants that are just as good, if not better. It just stinks for me that they are so close.
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