It's been several years since our last visit, perhaps as much as 4-5 years. Having an entertainment card in hand, and my son dropping by with a hankering for Chinese, we decided to re-visit what once was one of our favorite places. Time has taken its toll.
We decided to eat lightly, leaving room for Super Bowl Sunday following. We started with the Chicken Sizzling Rice soup, which was flavorful, with large pieces of chicken, and abundance of other ingredients in a broth that was far too salty.
And I like salt. But not THAT much.
My son ordered his favorite, Mongolian Beef, while I ordered the Almond Fried Chicken, nothing adventurous, but we've ordered them before, and they would be a good measure of our past experiences. We were in for a surprise.
The server cautioned us that they make their Mongolian Beef on the spicier than usual side, which was fine by us. Surprise! Not spice at all. The beef arrived in a watery thin, flavorless, spiceless liquid. I wouldn't even call it a "sauce." Very little beef.
The Almond Fried Chicken was an even bigger disappointment. What arrived was basically a factory manufactured slab of generically breaded chicken (such as you might find at a warehouse club) sprinkled with crushed peanuts and served with a side bowl of a bland white gravy. No "real" chicken pieces, no "Chinese style" breading, and a bland gravy.
I also ordered tea when the menus came out, but it was almost 3/4 of the way thru the meal before the tea finally arrived - not with a tea cup, but a coffee mug. And after I was finally able to ahil the attention of a second server to ask for the tea.
It's not the same place we remembered.
The restaurant itself is tidy and neat from front door to our table. We did not check out the restrooms or bar. Friendly and prompt welcome, but the looks and greeting gave false premise to the meal that followed.
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