Food: We ordered the Assorted Meat with Crispy Soup Rice, Pan Fried Pork Buns, Braised Pork on Veggies, Peking duck with lettuce wrap, and of course the Shanghai Style Juicy Pork Bun aka xiao long bao.
The rice was alright, I found it a little bland and too thick for my liking though. The pan fried pork bun came out nice and hot. The buns were fluffy and full of juice; it was good! The braised pork was really oily and it made the veggies drip with oil too. I won’t order that again. The Peking duck was standard; nothing to complain about but nothing special about it either. The disappointing part was the XLB. The main goal of my visit was to try their XLB that others have raved about here on dinehere. To my disappointment, the skin was too thick and it was very salty.
Service: About a 15 minute on a weekend night so that’s not too bad. We were served by 3 different people and the reviews are a little bit mixed. The girl that took our order was friendly although she wasn’t too fluent in English. The younger guy that served our food didn’t have much of a personality, to say the least. Then there was the middle aged guy… We pretty much finished our meal but our XLB hasn’t arrived yet. We tried to flag down someone to help us. It was difficult using English there, it wasn’t until I used my limited Mandarin skills in order to get some service from the middle aged guy. I told him we haven’t received our XLB yet. It was as if he didn’t believe us. After some frustration, we figured they had forgotten to place the order instead. Tsk Tsk!
Value: Average. Rice was about $12, five pan fried pork buns was $5, pork and veggies was $14, duck was $15, wrap was $12, and six XLB for $5.
Ambiance: It was clean. Tables were roomy and chairs were reasonably comfortable. Washrooms were alright too.