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West Island Chinese food

Gregoso | Jun 4, 2012 03:58 PM

Hi all-

Just ordered from Palais Imperial in Kirkland, and I had to post about it.

This place was just awful. This is possibly the worst chinese (americanized) food that I have ever tasted. The won ton soup was so salty it was inedible. The spring rolls literally dripped grease into my mouth when I bit them. The dumplings of the hunan dumpling dish were unseasoned, and the dumplings were so overcooked that they would turn to slime in my mouth.

As for the mains - the general toa chicken was probably the best of the 3, but this is not saying much. It was a bright red colour, and really just tasted sweet - with no spice or complexity to the dish at all. The shrimp of the kung poa chicken was well coked, but the entire dish lacked any detectable seasoning besides some pepper. And the chicken in the chicken with black bean sauce (an error on their part, we ordered pepper chicken with crispy spinach) must have been resting in MSG for days. It had a bizarre texture (sort of like fish?) that kind of flaked away in your mouth.

We usually order from Perle, but wanted to try something new to see if there were better alternatives. We are also familiar with Peking Garden, but Perle is better in terms of food quality, freshness, and flavour.

So CH, could you make any recommendations for some decent chinese in the west island?

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