To start with, I am Chinese and eat out at least 10 times a week, so I am very familiar with what they are supposed to do at Chinese restaurants.
We saw on the newspaper that they had Alaskan King Crab special for $13 a lb, so to make sure they would not pull the false advertising or restrictions on us, I called and inquired about the special price and they confirmed that it was indeed $13 a lb and I made a reservation.
When 5 of us showed up, we ordered Alaskan King Crab and they told us that it would be $23/24 a lb. I told them that I called in advance and was told that it was $13 a lb, and they said it was only for crabs which were under 5 lbs. Having had at least 20 Alaskan King Crab in my life, that was clearly a joke - a real Alaskan King Crab does not come under 5 lbs. The waiter then showed us what people would get for below 5 lbs. It was not a King Crab - it is another species of crab which is bigger than the regular crabs. However, since we set out to eat Alaskan King Crab, we agreed to pay the premium price for about 9 pounds and had the real Alaskan King Crab anyway. This is where we made the mistake - we showed them that we could afford it and they got greedy to gyp us further beyond the $225 King Crab. We continued our ordering of soup, vegetables and black cod hotpot. The waiter then suggested that we should have seabass instead of the black cod hotpot, and we can order a 2-dish seabass combo. We thought it was also fish, and it was probably good because he recommended it. They came show us the live Alaskan Crab, but did NOT show us the seabass, so we thought maybe the fish was not fresh or whole.
We finished eating the soup and king crab - not amazing food and the king crab looks less than 9 lbs, but okay, and after waiting for 45 very long mins, we finally saw the two dishes for seabass. Oh my goodness - these two dishes are HUGE - definitely not reasonable for my table. I suddenly noticed that they did cook a whole fish for us, but didn't show us the fish live, so we could not tell whether it was alive or it was HUGE for my table of 5 (2 seniors, 2 adults and 1 child). If this is not dishonestly and lack of integrity, I don't know what is. As expected, when I saw the bill, the seabass was 4 lbs. For those who are not familiar, a 3.5 lb fish is used for a table of 10 during banquet, and this restaurant decided (without telling/showing us) that my table of 3.5 adults (senior and child is about 0.5 adult) should have 9 lbs of Alaskan King Crab followed by 4 lbs of seabass, in addition to the soup and vegetables we were ordering. We must look like very hungry huge eaters since I am only a 100-lb myself. Of course, the seabass was not cheap per lb, so in the end, the bill was $500. I packed some of the seabass home in the end to not waste it.
It is not that we don't have expensive dinner, but this has been the most unenjoyable and shocking $500 dinner that I have had. We were just expecting to have a nicer than average dinner on a weekday and ended up being gyp'ed by these people intentionally. There are way too many good, if not better, Chinese restaurants around - there is no need for me to support a dishonest restaurant as such. The sister restaurant, Empire seafood, also had the same false advertising. I will absolutely not return for dinner on my own accord - I will take my hard-earned money somewhere else and support people who don't set out to cheat their customers.