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“Forbidden on Main”

Forbidden City Bistro
Ranked #21 of 159 Restaurants in Middletown
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Court Street
Transit: MAT Station
Reviewed March 4, 2014

hit up Forbidden City for a birthday dinner...extensive menu to include 2 pages of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Order in: Tangerine Beef, slightly crispy served with side of white rice, calamari app (pretty standard), Zhong Qing Red Oil Wonton app (spicy throughout in a soup base), Peking Duck Con fit (the mini pillow buns were neat), and the Orchard Crispy Shrimp (basically shrimp tempura; tasty!) with melon balls and a fruit glaze for dipping)...didnt do dessert but hit up the selection of teas which were good and a round of Proseccos to celebrate! Staff was attentive and prices reasonable...would def head back to try more of the menu!

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

So we received the email from Forbidden city advertising their sake dinner. Since we love sake, it was a no-brainer. We have been several times to Forbidden city for wine dinners and meals and have never been disappointed. The service and bartending are always excellent. You can tell that the staff truly love what they do and are passionate about it.
The sake dinner started with an awesome warm noodle salad with dried shrimp, caramelized shallot and scallion. It was paired with a Seikyo sake that went great with it.
Next we had a Japanese steamed custard with truffles and uni. This was outstanding. Very fresh and the uni was delicious.
The next course was congee which I have never been a fan of but this was light, creamy and very well done. It was served with sun-dried mussel, bonito and peanut, and the Ginjo Nigori sake was perfect with it. Then a great Dan-Dan noodle with a sesame broth and spicy pork ragout. It was spicy and by far my favorite dish. An island seafood noodle was next with shrimp, caviar and ginger with a seafood reduction. Very good.
The last dish was a dark rice rose pedal pudding that was outstanding, but the sparkling rose sake that was served with it made the dessert.
Overall, another excellent meal here at Forbidden city. The sake that was paired with it was outstanding and our speaker was informative and knowledgeable. We learned a great deal about where sake originates and the different fermentation processes. I highly recommend this place to anyone who understands and appreciates fine food and the time and effort that go into it. If you're in a hurry and believe that a good meal should take 30 minutes, stay home or go to the drive thru.
If you like to take your time in a beautiful restaurant with really artfully prepared food with an
exotic Asian flair, then this place is for you.
Kudos to the kitchen, wait staff and management.

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Thank Keith S
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Service extremely poor! After waiting 15 min. our waiter asked for our dinner order. I told him I'd like a glass of wine first and he replied OK, "What do you want for dinner?" Their wait staff needs a lesson in etiquette. The volcano flank steak was good, but the lemon sole left much to be desired. Also, you may want to wait until Feb. if you decide to go as they are NOT honoring their own gift cards until sometime that month.

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Thank Valerie F
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Drove an hour to get there and it was not worth the drive. Would not go out of my way to get there. Salmon had such a strong odor you could smell it before it came out of the kitchen. Waiters were less than friendly and did the bare minimum.

Thank Cheryl C
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Reviewed December 6, 2013


What it is: Upscale. Top Quality. Service to match. Great food, inventive menu (not the standard long list of basics), well prepared and presented with care.

What it is not: A place to bring the kids on Friday night for lo mein and General Tsao's. Get a sitter and have date night or celebrate special occasions here.

The four of has enjoyed 3 apps: flounder fritte, edamame dumplings, calimari.

The entrees were as good as anything anywhere: rack of lamb, short ribs, peking duck.

Nice desserts too: creme brulee, bourbon pecan pie, flourless chocolate cake.

Glasses of wine, and port, all $7-9...reasonable.

F.C. is worth a visit from anywhere in Conn.

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Thank nagled
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