With so many wonderful Chinese places now to choose from in San Mateo (Joy Luck, Chef Wai, Shanghai East), I don't know how my husband and I ended up here last night. We thought we'd try something new, and figured some of the other places would be way too crowded, but what a mistake that was.
I know we should have just left when we noticed that 98 percent of the customers were Caucasian (as am I, so don't get mad). I know some people think that's wrong to say, but it does tell you *something* about a Chinese restaurant. And there were no Chinese menu items tacked on the wall.
But we sat down and ordered and found the food to be anywhere from mediocre to inedible. The won ton soup had bbq pork so red that the dye must have affected the soup broth, which had an odd sweet-and-sour flavor and a dark pink color. The chicken wing appetizer was made up of chicken legs that were tough, chewy and doused in way too much vinegar. Mongolian beef was passable, but served over those white "crispy noodles" that look like styrofoam packing material. The orange roughy in garlic sauce, which we ordered from the "House Specials" section was basically in another sweet and sour sauce. We didn't finish it because the fish was so lackluster. Even the steamed rice was both hard and gummy at the same time. Truly, we would have had a better meal at the Panda concession at Hillsdale Shopping Center.
The bill with two beers and before tip was a whopping $50. Ugh! We could have had something so much better at one of the other San Mateo Chinese restaurants. What fools we were! :-)
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