And what were the food critics of Travel & Leisure smoking when they voted Chou's "Best Chinese Restaurants in the US"? We've been hearing about this place for a years or so, everyone "RAVES" about the food. We finally read about it in the Travel & Leisure and gave it a shot today for lunch at 12:15 PM. Coming from NYC and dining at the best tiny holes in the wall, our expectations were high especially based on previous reviews read.
Customer service was very friendly, though a bit slow. Now onto the food review, I knew we were in trouble when I ordered hot tea and I opened the lid to see if the tea was ready and it was a tea bag instead of tea leaves, additionally the water that was delivered to the table had a horrible taste to it. We order:
- Hot and sour soup for 2, may have been the best part of our lunch, good, but didn't pack a punch on either spicy or sour.
- Beef Pies, what's all the hype, took a bite and got a mouthful of greasy juice, ground up mystery meat which was wrapped in a fried pancake.
- Steamed dumplings with pork and napa cabbage, again OK, these may have been the best choice out of all the dumplings, they came out hot and were OK tasting.
- Fried pork buns, horrible, doughy and the filling had no taste.
- Orange Chicken, OK tasting, a little heavy on the batter and was not orange tasting enough.
All in all not a repeat visit in our book and certainly not a Travel & Leisure's "Best Chinese Restaurants in the US" vote from us.
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