From the moment I walked in I could tell by the smell this was not a Cantonese place. Northern and mainland aromas were the scents I was picking up. To my delight I discovered they make all their noodles in house "fresh" and they were a very nice texture and done very well.
We had the Stewed Beef with noodles in a dark rich broth with spinach and green onion on top. It was very good. The broth was complex and had a very firm taste and pleasant on your palate while the beef had been stewed fork tender. I would recommend this dish. Very tasty.
We had the beef roll with the Chinese five spice as well. This is a bit greasy with the pastry but had such a wonderful flavour it was worth it. Something I had not seen before and I enjoyed it. It is great with a group because you only need one piece to satisfy you.
We also enjoyed the Xiao Long Bao tasty little pork dumplings that you eat slowly lest they squirt their delicate ginger and green onion broth over your shirt. The trick is to bite off one side and let it squirt into your mouth first. After you have dipped them in the light sauce that comes with them of course.
Lastly we enjoyed a spicey stir fried seafood noodle selection with the fresh noodles again. It was very succulent and had just the right amount of heat. I will say it was a bit short of seafood but the over all quality of the dish was better than most places so again the value was still acceptable.
The service was attentive and very polite. Ambience was generic and a bit cool where we sat but acceptable. I would heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good Chinese food and wanting to try something authentic. Very nice place and good value. Not an accolade I dish out regularly or easily.
I noticed no reaction or after effects normally experienced with the use of MSG afterwards. A sign of quality ingredients and a proper chef.