Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]
This restaurant is in our rotation of restaurants we get take out food from on a regular basis. The food here is usually very good. They do seafood well here. One of my favourite dishes from here is the mixed seafood with pepper salt. The seafood (white fish, shrimp and squid) is coated with a batter that has pepper salt in it and then fried. The seafood is tender and has just the right amount of spiciness. One of my husband's favourites is the mu shu shrimp, which has a light tasty coating and the prawns are tender and juicy.
They also have a Peking Duck dish that is very good. It's 32.95, and consists of two dishes made from one duck - one dish is the skin, which is crispy, which you eat wrapped in a small tortilla like pancake with some hoisin sauce and green onion. The second dish of the Peking Duck is a stirfried mixture with minced duck meat which you eat wrapped in the lettuce they provide.
The only dish I remember having from this place that we did not like was the Dragon Orange Beef - I recall that the beef was a bit tough. Other than this dish, we enjoy the food here, and often order enough to have leftovers the next day.
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Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]
We ordered take out for three of us from here recently. My husband phoned in our order around 5:10 p.m. and was told to allow 15 minutes for them to fill it. Since we had to make a quick stop on the way to the restaurant, my husband told them we would pick up our order at 5:40,which is 30 minutes from the time we phoned in the order.
We showed up at the restaurant to pick up our order at 5:35, expecting our order to be almost ready. We ended up waiting about 15 minutes as they had not filled the order yet. The two teen aged girls at the take out counter were filling orders of the two customers who had come in just ahead of us. We stood there and waited while they put together our order after they served the other orders. We finally got our food around 5:50.
We live only five minutes away from the restaurant, so it didn't take us long to get home with our food. Some of the food seemed like it was had been sitting around at the restaurant for a while. The hot food in our order was either lukewarm or cold. The dry ribs (5.99) were dry both inside and out and the meat was a bit tough. Even though they are "dry ribs" they should be dry on the outside and moist on the inside. My daughter's garlic cheese bread appetizer (4.99) was so dry and hard that she wouldn't eat most of it. Of the three entrees we got, only my husband was satisfied with his order of 1/4 chicken with rice as a side (7.99). He said the chicken was average - the only thing that sets Swiss Chalet's chicken apart from the barbeque chicken you get from the supermarket is the sauce that you get from Swiss Chalet. I would rather spend the same amount of money on a whole barbeque chicken from the supermarket. My daughter had the spinach chicken salad, which was bland. The website advertised that the salad came with spinach and romaine lettuce, but the salad we got had iceberg lettuce instead of the romaine. We ended up throwing about half of the salad away. My chicken club wrap was okay, but it but was rather skimpy on the filling considering we paid 7.99 for it, and it didn't come with any side. dish (like salad). The entire meal for three came to about $41. Overall, I don't think the food was worth what we paid for it.
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