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Spring Rolls - what happened?


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Spring Rolls - what happened?

jill | Feb 24, 2005 10:14 AM

I used to enjoy the odd visit to Spring Rolls. While not an authentic Asian restaurant, it was certainly enjoyable in the past, especially for a non-Chowhound group. I was there last night (not my choice), and boy have things changed. The food was terrible. Service was pleasant, but full of mistakes. The server did not know the menu very well or the featured wine. He was more interested in joking around with us, then forgot our appetizer order, bringing the main instead. The hot and sour soup tasted like a bowl of sweet and sour sauce.
I ordered Mongolian beef, which was described incorrectly on their specials sheet. It was basically a pile of deep fried pieces of beef. I cannot handle that much deep fried food, along with greasy rice, which was supposed to be'sticky rice'. It was wrapped in a lotus leaf, which was dead and dry. Also, all the flowers in the restaurant were dead - maybe I'm out of it? Is this a new style?
Anyway, I asked the server for something else, indicating that had I known it was deep fried, I would have ordered something else. He spoke with the manager for awhile, and finally said I could order something else. The manager made a point of telling me that I should check if things are deep fried before I order them. I would think that would be an important way to describe a dish - no?
I got the Vietnamese Bun with beef. Last time I had this, it was a humonguous order, very tasty, with lots of grilled beef. This time it was still big, but the noodles were rice noodles, not vermicelli, the beef was crispy fried (not grilled as in the menu) and it was swimming in water and quite tasteless. By the time I got it, my dining companions had finished their meals, so I ate what I could stomach and left the rest. What a disappointment. I won't return there, instead I will try the other recommended restaurants on Yonge in that area, or stick to my Gerrard East faves.

I did see a new place on the West side of Yonge, just south of Bloor - Saigon Sister. Anyone been?

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