I was looking online for a "decent," Asian based cuisine in Wilmington when I came across an add for this restaurant. It had 3 stars compared to the others and was located at the end of a strip mall, but once I got there and went inside, I was in another part of the world completely.
I grew up in the South Pacific and Asia so the lite smells coming from the kitchen, had me rumerating of past meals and happier times as a youth.
The service by Mr. Joe Hou and his staff was second to none, and there was no courtesy or item not done to absolute perfection.
The food was incredibly flavorful, exceptionally well displayed and did not have the fake, overly sweet flavors generally found in chain buffet or take out restaurants.
The ambiance was so calming and peaceful with simple designs and lighting that had you relaxed within seconds of being seated and there was no piped in music that attempted to make you feel rushed or pretentiously relocated to a Chinese setting.
Did I mention the quality of service and attitude of the owner and staff? It was like meeting old family friends for the first time and when you left, Mr Hou knew your name and would undoubtedly remember it. I watched as locals returned and he (Mr. Hou) greeted them, asked about family members by name and even discussed how to top what they had since their last visit.
Excellent on all levels ... I will be back.
Cons: Not enough time to try their entire menu .. no small portions!
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