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Seven Seas in R-ville

Pappy | Jun 7, 2004 08:57 AM

This (historically) stalwart in R-ville has undergone a rehab, and continues to get mixed reviews, justifiably.

We stopped in Sunday and ordered off their dim sum menu

Wonton/Noodle Soup - Perfect, soft, tastey wontons, long, long homemade noodles cooked perfectly with a nice chew. But a weak, tasteless broth.

Glass Noodles Singapore Style - Very good small plate of very skinny noodles, stir-fried with fatty pork, scallions and seasonings.

Crab Spring Roll - Embarassing throw-back to the worst of Chinese cooking in the 60s. Dense cardboard wrapped around old, smelly, pre-frozen, shredded crab. Oh, and worse? Served with duck sauce and mustard.

Smoked Fish - Nicely, lightly smoked, which I guess was then sliced, battered and fried and chilled. But mostly skin and bones.

Scallion Pie - Too thick, not hot, too chewy, not enough scallions, no taste.

Soup Dumplings - The best version of these dumplings I've ever had. Larger than usual, with a delicious broth filling. Well seasoned ground pork nugget inside. Perfectly tender dumpling wrapper. And a nice, vinegary dipping sauce. Great.

Oyster Omelet - I was introduced to this last week at Bob's. Well, it's even better here. They take a rice flour batter and spread it out in a pan. They then cook the eggs and the oysters in the center of it, along with a little bit of bitter greens. It's then topped with, I'm sorry, but what seems to be a highly seasoned ketchup. Fantastic.

The place now looks stark. Not a single Asian in the place. But cheap. The above (which were very large portions for dim sum) along with 2 beers and 2 iced teas was $45.

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