Revisited the Clinton "Taste of China" today, and as there hasn't been much posted on this since 2008, I thought an update might be useful.
The medium-sized dining room is formally set with white tablecloths, and there is a full bar at the side. The decor is much more subdued than the orange-toned site photos on their website (http://tasteofchinaus.com/) would have you believe, but the food is every bit as interesting as the plate shots look gorgeous. My DW usually doesn't like the large amount of food Chinese restaurants foist upon you, but I convinced her that we could sup for several meals on the leftovers.
Convinced, we began with Chengdu Dumplings and Bang Bang Chicken as appetizers. The dumplings were scrumptious. I confess we got the chicken just because of the name. It turned out to be a cold dish with what may have been thin spears of cucumber or zucchini and carrot added to the meat and coated with a peanutty sauce. I found it is often called bon-bon chicken, which sounds more like it tastes! Mildly spicy and sort of reminiscent of Thai satays, but the meat was much softer. For the main course we decided on twice-cooked pork (mildly hot, with lots of leeks and chinese cabbage) and Mongolian beef, small fajita-like slices with stir-fried veggies. I was disappointed to learn it wasn't particularly Mongolian, but it tasted fine, and was medium-hot (enough to make my eyes water a bit). As predicted, we were too full for dessert, and had lots to take home.
TOC's prices are slightly higher than other local asian restaurants but its menu is much more adventurous (I spotted many more authentic dishes I'll have to explore later) and the quality is high.
Taste of China
233 E Main St, Clinton, CT 06413
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