My niece was in town and she was craving Chinese food. Whenever I'm in the Union Square area, R&G Lounge is my go-to spot for decent Cantonese food.
But during this last visit, I just felt everything was off. Kitchen seemed heavy-handed with the cornstarch, given the thickness of the sauces.
We ordered some basic non-fussy dishes that were my niece favorites: West Lake beef soup, mapo tofu, green beans and Peking spareribs.
West Lake beef soup should just be ground beef and minced cilantro, but instead it came with very little cilantro and a lot of imitation crab meat along with the beef. The inclusion of the imitation crab meat was what threw me off, even though the taste was fine, it just seemed weird and I don't like the idea of eating imitation crab meat.
The Peking spareribs should be more like a dry rub with light sauce but instead it was almost like sweet-and-sour pork with the bones still in. The sauce was just so typical sweet-sour tangy, and so much of it.
The mapo tofu was ok although my niece wanted more ground pork but I think they just used a few shreds of pork (or maybe it was beef), and the green beans were OK as well but not great.
Like I said, I've been here before in past years with out-of-town guests and they were always fine, but now just seems to be mediocre. Still, the wait on a Saturday was 45 minutes for the two of us around 7 p.m. There were crowds of people still trying to get in, which I don't get because it's so average now.