I drive past this place on Sanchez and 16th frequently, and the bright orange exterior has always looked interesting, but I had never before been.
I searched Chowhound in vain for mention of it, but couldn't find anything after 2003. Has anyone else been with different experiences?
Four of us went on Tuesday night where we discovered, to our happy suprise, that Tuesday night is 20% off all dinner menu items night. They have other specials other weeknights.
It was a very warm seeming space and our waiter was incredibly friendly, but non-instrusive, but more important is the food.
Two of the three appetizers we ordered were hits. The ahi/wonton wrapper stacks were very good with the wasabi mayonaise adding a kick they needed. The duck spring rolls were excellent, both the duck and the roll were utterly greaseless. The excellence of the spring roll was a good thing, since the dipping sauce served with it was odd. It was a mango sauce but tasted more like unidentifiable candy flavor to me. It wasn't bad, I just didn't use much of it since it confused me more than anything else.
The only appetizer that wasn't gobbled up was potato cakes with smoked salmon. I was shocked, I didn't know potato cakes could have so little flavor, especially since everything else we were served was bursting with it - to my taste or not, it was all very flavorful.
They offer wine, beer and sake/soju cocktails so I had one of those. Soju with passion fruit syrup, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice. I think I would have liked it less sweet - without the syrup and just with the juices, but as I rarely like sweet drinks that was definitely a fault of my ordering rather than their drink making.
For the entrees I had the hoisin marinated pork loin with red chili sauce and soy bean corn cakes. It was fantastic. And even better yesterday when I had the other half for dinner. The portions here are quite large but not Cheesecake Factory frighteningly large. The two women had enough of our meals left to take home for a second meal, but the two men were able to polish theirs off happily.
I only had tastes of the other entrees - coriander beef shortribs were very good though they did not come with the purple mashed potatoes listed on the menu, but plain white mashed potatoes. I don't think it mattered much to the person who ordered it. I was glad to have gotten the one bite I did before he tucked into it. The drunken duck was fantastic, the sliced duck breast seemed to have almost no visible fat while still maintaining the rich taste and feel of duck. The sauce was out of this world!
The lamb crusted with honey and pistachios wasn't my favorite, but the person who ordered it was very pleased.
We had just enough room for some dessert so we split a chocolate mousse and a tangerine sorbet. The sorbet was fantastic, like you reduced the essence of a pile of tangerines. It was served in a hollowed out orange, not quite soft enough when it was served, but it warmed up to scoopable temperature quickly enough. The mousse was good, nothing exceptional to my mind, but the largest portion I have seen in a restaurant, the glass was about half the size of my head.
With 5 drinks, the 3 appetizers, 4 entrees and 2 desserts after tax and discount it was about $125.
I definitely plan on returning to try some of the appetizers that got by me this time, and a few of the entrees that I was deciding between.
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