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“Great Food, be careful ordering alcoholic drinks.”
Review of Olive and Sesame

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Olive and Sesame
Ranked #24 of 108 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Food, be careful ordering alcoholic drinks.”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

The food here is a clear step above most asian food restaurants. General Tso chicken is amazing and none of their food resembles the nasty, cheap entrees from your average take-out restaurant. But be wary ordering the alcoholic beverages they offer on the menu. No mixologists working behind bar. The drink can be syrup and ice mostly OR be almost 90% alcohol with some juice in it for color. Which isnt very tasty having straight rum on ice. They make great fried rice, and their spring rolls are some of the best. NOTE: YOU HAVE TO TRY THE Cripsy Veal on Chef's Selections section of the menu. WOW. Service is ok, and not as bad as the others have said. We go here a several times per year, never terrible service. TO MANAGEMENT - GET A WEBSITE. In this day, you need one.

  • Visited January 2012
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English first
Pasadena, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly local place.”
Reviewed January 17, 2012

Good Chinese and Japanese food. The spicey dishes can be adjusted to your liking. There is an extensive sushi menu. The sizzling scallops and curry beef from the Chef's Specialty menu are very good. The quiet atmosphere is nice for a shopping strip restaurant. We dine here every couple weeks. Ask for Steve.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank KichwaTembo007
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Baltimore, MD
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fresh, tasty Chinese food, good atmosphere, slow service”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

We sampled four Chinese dishes and all were delicious and had ample portions: cashew shrimp, lemon chicken, sizzling scallops, and spicy eggplant with tofu added. The crab dumpling appetizer was so good we ordered another one. The beer and wine list is longer than at many Asian restaurants. The dining room was spacious and pleasant. Two low points: the service was on the slow side, even though there were few other diners, although I've had slower; and the broccoli in the scallop dish was too undercooked to eat, so you may want to ask to have your broccoli cooked more. We did not try any of the Japanese dishes.

  • Visited November 2011
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Pasadena, Maryland
1 review
“Never book a party there!”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

I booked a group function there and the service was terrible which was a problem since we were mandated to be gone in 2 hours. The food came out so slowly and there was one poor waiter trying to serve 25 people. The Manager was rude and the customer service was non existent. Unfortunately, the food was very good but I can't reward bad behavior and give him future business. If you book a party, you will regret it. Stick with Carryout!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank disappointed8452
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Pasadena, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“The ambiance was a step up on the usual....”
Reviewed August 28, 2011

A lot of the places around here are wide open with ugly white suspended tile ceilings - not an ounce of "ambiance". Not this place - tastefully divided into 3 separate areas - bar, open dining area and booths. This was my first visit but my wife has been several times and says she always leaves happy... We were seated at a booth as soon as we walked in and the server was right there - drinks arrived quickly and the flaming chicken dish we shared was great. Huge selection of sushi - we enjoyed the roll with tempura topping. Our only complaint was we ordered a hand roll sushi which we didn't realize was a single cone shaped roll with too much raw salmon for out liking but that was our fault...

  • Visited August 2011
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