After hearing from a friend that Mr. Chen's served authentic Chinese cuisine (as the name promises), we decided to give it a go this weekend. We were a party of four, so we were able to give the menu a good try.
Between us we ordered the following: For appetizers, we had the crab rangoon and the scallion pancakes. For main dishes, we had General Tso's chicken, Braised Beef Belly in Hot Pot, Sizzling Tofu, and Roast Duck over rice with a side order of sautéed sweet pea leaves.
The pros: The restaurant is beautiful with its round tables and strings of lights. The food was beautifully presented. The hot pot dish arrives bubbling at the table with a warming light beneath it. The sizzling tofu honestly sizzles. The scallion pancakes were divine. The sweet pea leaves are a definite new favorite! Our server - once we secured a server (see below) - could not have been more friendly and pleasant. The overall menu offers choices that aren't always seen in local restaurants.
The cons: The appetizers did not arrive first. One arrived. The one main dish. Then another main dish. Then the other appetizer. The duck portion was very small compared to the other entrees ordered. We were seated for over 20 minutes before we had a server ask about beverages.
We loved the food and plan to return. The service was a little inconsistent, but that did not adversely affect our ability to enjoy our meal. It's rare that there's more food than can be placed on the table, and new choices are always a plus!
Beverage note: Beer is available as well as all kinds of bubble tea, hot tea, and soft drinks.