We had dinner at Onn's tonight. Onn's is in Calvin's former location on Palmer. Overall, it was a pretty decent meal with the exception of overly intrusive and desperate-seeming service. The owners, or whomever it was running the restaurant, were strident in their attempts to have us order certain dishes, the lobster special (at $26.99) in particular. We all decided to have dumplings to start -- two orders of fried pork dumplings and one of steamed vegetable dumplings. They were pretty tasty, and unlike the Hunan II in town, they seemed to be made in house. Hunan's are pretty doughy with a large piece of pork filling in the middle. These were smaller and more delicate both in appearance and flavor. One of our party had never eaten Chinese food before, so we ordered him shrimp and broccoli. He was quite happy with it, and it looked very tasty and ungloppy. I had a Malaysian shrimp sambal that was very good, though not as spicy as I had requested. My son's fried noodles with chicken was the most unsuccessful of the entrees being a trifle bland and watery. It was still pretty tasty, especially after a dose of soy sauce. We also shared an excellent scallion pancake. For appetizers, three entrees and three sodas later, the bill came to $78.
An interesting side note --- there was a framed article about Hunan Village, the much-loved local Chinese place formerly on Central Avenue, which seemed to indicate that the owners of Onn's were somehow part of Hunan Village.
I hope this place survives. It seems much the best Chinese food in town.
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