My family (and relatives) and I have been regular customers for over a decade. This restaurant has been here for a long time too. We've eaten many times here for lunch and dinner. After the last 3 times of eating here (dinner, dinner and lunch) (last saturday for lunch being the most recent), I have to give this place a lower rating reflecting their current food quality.
Since November 2012, (and most recently last week), their very popular and previously excellent hot&sour soup has gone downhill. So bad. You can tell it's not prepared with the same effort or "heart", the flavour is really basic-literally SOUR oh boy and SPICY oh hot. No more in between flavours. The consistency is too watery. There's no more colour to it. It's like they've diluted a concoction made only once a week....(you get what i'm saying) price is the same, still killer cheap, but it's not even worth ordering anymore....I hope this comes back. ($7)
Meh what is there to say. Everything is so mediocre and below average now.
Previously, I have given Ningtu 4-5 stars on dinehere and urban spoon, because they bring decent quality for the price, good value, and hearty food. The service is kind and always smiling. The owner is a kind, hard working lady.
I've tried many many of their entrees and small dishes. The crab with lin goh is vastly overrated. I'm happy they won award(s) for it but I don't understand why.
Two things that are still consistent:
I love their deep fried doughnut. It is EXCELLENT and special here. Almost always. If you appreciate a good DFD, you'll know what I mean. (Shanghai style though, not hong kong.) $2.80 for an order.
Also, my beloved dessert balls. I don't remember what they call them. You have to order a dozen each time. $15 for a dozen of bliss. Deep fried egg white puffs with pink sugar sprinkled over them. With red bean filling ($13) $2 extra to add fresh sliced banana to the filling.
p.s. don't ever order XLB. never was a fan. gross unless you like thick skin and mushy, pink pork (aka baking soda)
I've had many good memories eating here, and recommended this place to many people, and introduced their (previously excellent hot/sour soup) to many...I hope this place stays, but that their previous standards return.