We ate here last night for dinner with our 2 children, age 7 and 13.
The decor is amazing: high ceiling, giant lampshades. It's a quiet place, which means you can have a conversation with someone across the table, which we liked. But it's not a hopping atmosphere, so probably not the first choice for young adults. My hunch is there are a lot of locals who return here. We went because it is managed by our neighbour's son.
Now, I'm a tricky customer, as I cook well, so when I eat out, I like to eat food that's better than I can cook at home. I also have an allergy to peppers, including chili. (I know, why eat in a Szechuan restaurant if you cannot eat chili. The family outruled me!) I made this known to our Brazilian waitress, who was very friendly and had terrific English, but seemed to not be enjoying her job. She asked the chef, who recommended Beef in Hot Sauce. Now, I don't know about you, but "hot sauce" suggests chili, so I ordered Duck in Ginger and Scallions. Sounded safer. When the dish came, I could clearly see the red chili flakes. I told the waitres who went to the chef, who insisted he had not put chili in the dish. In that case, I suggested that the pre-prepared sauce must have chili in it. I didn't fancy an argument, so I let the others eat this dish. They all agreed it was spicy. Had I eaten it, I would have been unwell.
If a restaurant cannot accurately tell an allergic customer what is in the dish, that's a big problem. That is what accounts for my 2 star review. Also, I feel this restaurant needs a kick up the proverbial. It could be fantastic. It's trying to be upmarket Chinese. And it's close. However, it needs to train its waiters and chefs better.
Beef in Black Bean Sauce: very good.
Excellent wine list.
Brown rice on the menu, very tasty.
Egg fried rice was great.
Good Wanton Soup.
These aren't professional waiters. Their timing isn't great e.g. too attentive before we'd even sat down, and then a long wait to order, that sort of thing. Arguing with a customer about ingredients. A little training would go a long way.
Limited dessert menu, only 4 items, 2 of which are icecream.
No decaf espresso or latte.
Very expensive: E19 for a main dish, which is steep.
Wanton Soup: excellent wantons. But the broth, which was a tasty clear broth, had WAY too much white pepper added.
Chinese Greens: too much oil, too much salt, and a strange taste (was that fish sauce or oyster sauce? It doesn't belong in this dish).
I found the evening disappointing.
It wouldn't take a lot to make this a very upscale restaurant. They have the decor. Now work on the food, please. Give your waiters a bit more training. Then you're all set!
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