The Taco Moose family headed to China Gourmet on Saturday night around 6. The dining rooms were not full, but the line was heading out the door as the hostess tried to cope with people coming in. We were seated 5-10 minutes later with a copy of the "Chinese" menu.
We could not flag our waiter for another 15-20. It took another five for him to finally come back with water and try and rush us through ordering. They were out of peanuts, so we ordered scallion pancakes, Shan City Twice Cooked Pork and the Sichuan Boy Chicken. He told us that the chicken could take half an hour, but as we were re-considering he mumbled, don't worry, and ran off. No time to order any drinks from us, I guess.
The pancakes came out in fifteen minutes and were tasty. The Pork came out half an hour later (45 minutes from ordering) and the chicken another fifteen after that. By that time, close to an hour an half after arriving, little TM was ready to go (our fault for taking a toddler to a new restaurant, but we didn't expect to wait as long as we did for food). We scooped the chicken and pork into some to go containers and beat a hasty retreat.
Tables near us were equally perturbed at the delay. The table next to us said they had been in last Saturday and half the menu was out. It just seems that the service has not caught up with the cult following of the chef. When we got home, we enjoyed the spicy pork (appeared to be pork belly, perhaps) and the delightful roast chicken, but I doubt we will be back any time soon. Just to much of a pain right now.
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