We had heard about the changes in King Fung Garden ownership but decided to see for ourselves. As background, I've bee a regular customer at King Fung Garden in Chinatown for over 25 years.
About two weeks ago we went down to the Chinatown KFG. On entering, the waitress did not look familiar and I asked if there was a change of owners. While first a little unclear she did confirm that ownership had changed. We ordered some famliar favorites, scallion pancakes, peking ravioli and Shangai chow mein and found all three disapointing. The scallion pancake was cracker like and lacked the chewy inside that (IMHO) contrasts so nicely with the crunchy exteror. The dumplings were bland and the noodles in the Shanghai chow mein were did not taste homemade. The waitress asked if the dishes tasted the same and I told her no. She insisted they did and her father (the chef) had worked here and learned how to make all of the dishes from the former chef (Irwin). Anyway, we escaped politely, and promised ourselves not to return.
Last night we ventured out to Brookline and saw the familiar faces of Irwin and Doris! We had called the day before and ordered a duck and can say that everything we had was just as we remembered it at the old KFG!!!
We were the only diners (except for some drunken high school students who came in late during our meal), so we are hopeful that the devoted KFG fans will venture out to Brookline and keep this great place run by great people thriving.
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