After posting for suggestions for a dinner at Sweet N Tart (thanks for all the replies), ended up going to Funky Broome for my b-day dinner with 12 people.
Big Caveat: I am by no means a chinese food expert. Don't know what is traditional and what isn't. My major basis for comaprison is Ocean Wealth and Peach Farm in Boston's Chinatown,
The dinner consisted of 10 dishes:
Whole steamed flounder in black bean sauce: Absolutely delicious. Fish was done perfectly, super moist. And the sauce was great. The dish was very light, not always the case with black bean sauce.
Pan-fried fish with preserved vegetables: Delicious. Very firm pieces of some white fillets in a preserved vegetable sauce with celery. Don't really know what the preserved vegetables were, but they had a little of the funkiness of black beans.
Lobster with ginger and scallion: Very good, not blown away, although the lobster was very sweet.
Salt and Pepper Squid: Not nearly as good as Peach Farm in Boston. The breading was very thick and overpowered the squid
Prawn with walnuts: The shrimp were served in kewpie mayo-I didn't like this although a lot of the people did
Pork-stuffed lotus root mini-wok: Best dish of the night. Pieces of pork sandwiched between lotus root. Breaded and fried. Served in an amazing semi-sweet sauce with lots of vegetables and some red dried fruit the size of a cherry (what is this?).
Chicken in wine sauce mini-wok: Also very good. A delicious, light wine sauce and very tender chicken. Almost tasted more french then chinese.
Pea-shoots with garlic and yam shoots with garlic: Two very similar dishes. I liked the pea shoots better. They were perfectly cooked and had an amazing fresh taste. Like eating a little bit of spring (which was apropos due to the weather this weekend). The yam shoots were good, but a little slimy
Sesame chicken: Didn't have any of this. Realizing that I had ordered a lot of non-americanized food, the waitress suggested I order one sop to the "traditional" chinese food most people know. It must have been good because it was devoured.
Because it was my birthday, they brought out red bean buns for everyone. Very pretty and also quite tasty.
Altogether a great birthday meal and am excited to go back to try more dishes.
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