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“Oopsie. It got better”

Imperial Asian Restaurant
Ranked #99 of 406 Restaurants in Atlantic City
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Oopsie. It got better
I had not eaten at Imperial Inn since BTA [Before TripAdvisor] that is, until yesterday. They used to advertise that they're owned by the same owners as the one in ChinaTown [Philadelphia]. We'd went there years ago, because we saw that ad, and we cussingly LOVE Imperial Inn in ChinaTown. My favorite: shrimptoast. If you ever get shrimptoast from a Chinese place [if they even have it], it's usually deepfried. Imperial Inn in Chinatown, tops theirs with sesame seeds and pan fries it, so it's less greasy and the sesame seeds are pan toasted. Also from Imperial Inn in ChinaTown, we love the shrimp rolls [whole small shrimp, mayo & cilantro, rolled in panko & deep fried], Phoenix Roll [chicken, shrimp, scallion, lemon grass & gawd knows what else] deep fried and served with it's own special brown sauce, and their springrolls. The one in AC, back then, had none of these. Back then, we ended up ordering egg rolls, which were greasy. Hot&Sour soup [which Imperial Inn in ChinaTown has the best], which was like brown hot water with some tofu here and there. And the menu was limited so we had boring typical stuff like Chicken Chow Mein and such, which was bland. So Saturday, I find a carryout menu from the place. There is no claim of being the same owners as Imperial Inn in ChinaTown. BUT they now offer Phoenix Roll and Shrimp Roll. AND lots & lots of food choices. We had Phoenix Roll and 4 Shrimp Rolls [that was two orders, because they're so cussingly good]. Scallop in blackbean sauce and a dish that I've only seen at Imperial Inn in ChinaTown ~ I doubt it's Chinese. It's 15/20 size shrimp lightly battered & fried and served with a white sauce with carmelized walnuts with broccolli. And it was cussingly good. I was glad I'd found their menu, I suggest if you haven't been there in years to retry Imperial Inn AC
Their interior decor is redone and it is more welcoming with little touches here&there. And mirrors to make it appear larger. Their parking lot is small, there was plenty of street parking at meters, but it is February. The men's room is done in baby blue tile&grout. I'm unsure how many decades since they were fashionable, but it did have a newer vanity. Yeah, I wished the restroom was like Wa~Wa or Aldi. No liquor license

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Reviewed May 10, 2012 via mobile

Food taste very authentic Chinese. ingredients surprisingly fresh. Would visit again if opportunity arises.

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Reviewed July 22, 2011

Obviously depends on what you like but so far so good with this place. 4 times have eaten here. The good: Phoenix roll/soups/sweet and sour dishes excellent as is shrimp with black bean sauce. Lots of choices. A little expensive but hey it's AC.

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Reviewed October 2, 2010

Ordered S3. This will be short and sweet! Three (3) item's that were to be in entree were missing. (cook drunk? I do not know) Two(2) item's in entree not listed on menu. Flavor 50/50. Rice to dry. (Wallpaper Paste) . My big concern was menu said :Whole Baby Corn:. Went back to shop next morning with a sample (in freezer bag) and spoke to gentleman to explain my gripe. While speaking, the Mrs. came over and basically shot me down! They actually took a simple 2" piece of :whole baby corn" and had the ball's to cut it into FIVE (5) little pieces. Talk about cost cutting and screwing the general public! Shame on U! The :Mrs: said ;We can do what ever we want" So Bee it. I will personally take twenty five (25) customers from U. To U Mrs.- Stay OUT of casino's and maybe U will be able to Afford the corn! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on U. I Hope U Dry up!!!!!!!

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1  Thank longdicker
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Reviewed August 22, 2009

the noodle soups and bbq boneless pork are very authentic, not american style...loved it

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