Well…it’s a chain, of course, so once you’ve been to one P.F. Chang’s, you’ve basically been to them all. This one is in a very nice, posh location in the River Walk in Rancho Mirage. I love the décor at P.F. Chang’s – the Asian influences, of course, but also just the dark wood and dim lighting make for a very calming atmosphere, relaxed yet stylish, which exactly how I like my restaurants.
The menu is decent, though not what I’d call “real” Chinese food by any means. I once had dinner at P.F. Chang’s with some business colleagues from Singapore, who ordered some of the dishes named for Singapore out of curiosity, then laughed incredulously when they saw them, saying that there was nothing like that sold anywhere in Singapore. I’d consider the food as Asian-inspired, but definitely geared for American palates – and the serving size reflects that as well, though serving it family-style is a nice touch which I do like.
The lettuce wraps are always good, and there are a lot of things on the menu that are decent, but although there is a wide selection of dishes to choose from, there are a lot of restaurants that have better food (when speaking specifically about Chinese cuisine, there are a lot of hole-in-the-wall takeout places in out-of-the-way strip malls who have MUCH better food). I always find myself looking forward to going and then, upon leaving, wishing I'd chosen someplace else which was less heavy and less expensive, which brings me to the prices. The food is outrageously overpriced. They currently have a prix fixé deal running – $40.00 for two people – and compared to the individual prices of what you’d pay for appetizers, entrées, and desserts, that’s a cheap price, for them, but still much too high for what is just a chain.
All in all, this is an OK place, and one that I enjoy going to every once in a great while, but definitely not all the time. Neither my waistline nor my wallet could handle it.
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