I came here last night for a family dinner to celebrate my parent's birthdays. Before going, my sister and I thoroughly researched what others were saying about this restaurant. Seemed like pretty good reviews and plus I had recently purchased two Groupons to dine here.
From the reviews here, it sounded as though there were some restrictions when using the Groupons, so I made sure to ask about it when making reservations. Thankfully, I had no problems at all using both coupons for the evening's meal. In fact, the server up front was really nice about accepting them. Unfortunately, that was the best part of service last night.
We sat at a large table in the back of the restaurant and ordered crab, Peking duck, szechuan green beans, szechaun fried squid, spicy spare ribs, chicken chow mein, and we just had to try out what "crispy rice" was. We asked if what we ordered was enough and/or what they suggested we get as well. The server said, "how about a steamed greens?" "Sure."
"How about a fish dish, stir-fried chinese celery with fish slices?" "Sure."
"And you have to try our xiao long baos!" "For dinner? Sure!"
In hindsight, 12 dishes for 9 ppl plus 2 children was a little much, but we asked if it was enough, and they suggested more...why wouldn't they?!!?? Our mistake there.
After ordering, we waited...and waited...and waited. After about 20 mins, first up was crab. One crab, that's it. I guess I was used to seeing it banquet-style with some sort of noodle underneath. It looked a bit puny and lonely.
Next up, more waiting. Probably about another 30 minutes. Not good - we pretty much licked the crab plate clean because we were all so hungry and nothing else was coming out. After that came the xiao long baos.
We would have enjoyed these much more (they were actually pretty delicious) had we had the proper eating utensils for them. We had our plates still full of crab shells, no soup spoons and no bowls. How the heck does one eat these dumplings with just chopsticks?? So we asked for some spoons and they asked us back, "small? or big?" Is it not obvious???
And then they came back with one silver teaspoon and one chinese soup spoon. That's right, 11 people at the table and only 2 spoons were given. I had to look around to confirm that I was actually at a Chinese restaurant. We all bit the bullet and just ate the dumplings the best we could.
After that mishap, the other dishes came out all at once. Peking duck was actually delicious. But a few points to all the peking duck fanatics out there. The crispy skin wrap was just that...only skin, no meat at all. But it was still extremely tasty! The lettuce wrap to follow was delicious as well, but skip the optional third course of duck and tofu soup. Nothing special there.
Overall, a few tasty dishes, but a lot of the other dishes were as bland as their service. And at the end of the $250 meal, we did not get any sort of meal closer. Sure, we brought our own cake, but even the other table got a plate of orange wedges. What's a couple dollars worth of oranges to show appreciation for business??
Definitely not worth the money. We came here because of the Groupons, and even with the discounted price, I still feel ripped off for the quality of some of their dishes.
Thank you Groupon, no thank you GGW.