Tried it the other night. We had 3 dishes: The hotpot with eggplant and beef had very little beef, actually finely shredded, but at least the eggplant was the chinese variety. The sauce (brown of some kind) was bland. It was served in one of the unlidded metal pots you see at Vietnamese restaurants, not the ceramic type that comes to the table bubbling. It looked like it had been cooked in something else and then place in the pot.
Pan fried noodles with chicken in black bean sauce was made with thin (vermicelli-like) egg noodles. I prefer the thick ones as they offer a wider range of textures, crispy and soft, rather than just crunchy. Again, the sauce was surprisingly bland. The dish included a stingy bit of onion, bellpepper, and chicken. The portion was rather small for a noodle dish, and the noodles themselves tasted/smelled as if they had been fried right out of the package, rather than being rinsed in hotwater first.
Deep fried tofu stuffed with shrimp (actually placed on top) had a nice texture and was greaseless, but the shrimp didn't really didn't do much for the dish-I think it would have been better with the more pungent dried shrimp. The accompanying "brown" dipping sauce was bland and tasted curiously like the sauce in the hotpot. For desert we had two bubble smoothies that weren't as smooth as they should have been.
Basically a very underwhelming experience. Not sure if I would go back. Next time I would probably just opt for Royal Chinese BBQ. Contrary to the name, soups didn't figure too prominently on the menu. The soup selection actually seemed mundane.
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