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Wang's Monrovia - Open Again


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Wang's Monrovia - Open Again

heckonwheels | | Apr 15, 2009 08:35 AM

The new location, 120 E. Lemon...just off of Myrtle smaller than the previous location. It is a former real estate office. Mr. Wang says he is looking to expand into the space next door, the former Scoop's Ice Cream Parlor, after digesting the new space which took 7 months to build out.

He showed us the kitchen which has several wok burners that, without the wok in place, shoots flames 4 feet high.

The dining room is incredible with some very good mood lighting throughout.

The food. We hade the shrimp soup with rice cakes. I thought it was very good, especially the nutty flavored rice bits. My wife thought it was good but didn't care for the rice cake parts.

Appetizer was egg roll, foil wrapped baked chicken, and a BBQ rib. Egg roll and chicken were good, the rib was huge and some parts were delicious with a sweet sauce while others were very bland. Not a consistent flavor on it. The meat fell off of the bone with very little effort.

Entres were Kung Pao Chicken and Beef with Snowpeas. The chicken was an almost tasteless dish, the only flavor being an overwhelming peanut presence. The beef was much better with a nice savory sauce and the bright green, crispy peas.

Overall, the food seemed about the same as the old Wang's. The decor is much better with a modern Asian touch...check out the custom aquarium built into the bar. Service was good and as attentive as ever, but the food a bit slow coming out of the kitchen, I'll chalk it up to opening jitters for now. The dining room to me seems more comfortable than the old one, definitely more cozy due to the size.

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