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Better to take out at Quingdao Garden? Just had a very middling meal.

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Better to take out at Quingdao Garden? Just had a very middling meal.

Swankalicious | May 20, 2011 06:05 PM

I was so gleeful when they reopened in North Cambridge. Did takeout a few weeks ago and loved everything, from the leek dumplings to the cucumber-garlic salad to the very good cumin lamb in spicy sauce. Went to dine-in tonight and couldn't have been more disappointed with the experience. The hostess was lovely and very attentive. But the waitstaff were so harried -- crashing into one another, scurrying around -- that it set the whole room on edge. Our server ignored us for the first 10 or so minutes completely, then forgot our water order, got our dumpling order wrong, and basically flung our food at us when it was ready. I understand that it was a busy Friday night, but a little bit of pampering would have gone a long way.

Beyond that, though, the food simply wasn't very good. We ordered the three-delight dumplings. They were all meat. Mr. Swankalicious ordered crispy duck; it arrived lukewarm on a bed of sad lettuce. It was underspiced. But the real bummer was my pig intestine with sweet peppers. The main flavor was intense, lip-puckering salt. Intestines were flavorless and rubbery. Some sad, soggy onions and peppers rounded out the plate.

I loved my takeout experience. I think from now on I will do takeout as the dining room was charmless; I'd also love suggestions on what to order, as clearly we missed the boat tonight.

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