Have you ever been so very tired you couldn't even concentrate to read the menu?
This happened to us last night. Our server, Vivian, just tuned in to that and brought us food. She happened to know we like their potstickers. Hot tea and iced water appeared. I told her "I guess I will get some Sweet and Sour Chicken", and then she began talking and asking questions.
"Do you like spicy?"
"Have you ever had our General Tso Chicken?"
She said she liked it even better than Sweet and Sour. I ordered it. As we waited for the potstickers, she brought us two bowls of their chicken soup. The broth was hot, nearly opaque with the wisps of tender egg, thickened. There were loads of tiny, tender noodles, some peas, carrot and bits of chicken. It had been 10 hours since we ate breakfast, so the soup was like therapy in a spoon. It was a caring gesture in our weary condition.
The potstickers were fat with their meaty filling, perfectly cooked so that they would absorb a bit of the dumpling dipping sauce. We were eating the last of them when the General Tso and rice were delivered.
They made it mild, because my husband likes mild. Vivian brought a small dish of the spicy additive for me to enjoy. The platter full of batter-covered chicken pieces were two-bites each, heaped up high, hot, sticky, crunchy, soft inside and delicious. ( My husband had only wanted french fries...He professes to not enjoy Chinese food, but so far Ocean Garden always pleases his palate.)
I was so happy to see him eat contentedly, and eat some more. We both loved the gooey sauce, plus he dipped some of his General Tso in the dumpling sauce. The chili sauce was very good, especially for those of us that love a flash of heat that quickly subsides to make room for next impressive bite.
The pleasure of dining at Ocean Garden only increases with each visit. This is the way it should be done. When a person goes to eat in an establishment that is a full service restaurant, they are putting themselves in their care, trusting for elements of the meal to be provided.
Very clean and comfortable.