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Amazing 66..brief re-cap

erica | Mar 21, 200811:18 AM

I finally made it to Amazing 66! Earlier this week I had a chance to try the excellent-value lunch special: Small container of hot and sour soup (good, nothing special) and an order of shrimp with scrambled eggs. On the menu the shrimp dish is listed as baby shrimp but these were much larger in size and excellent all around. I was very pleased with this $5 lunch special and will return to sample additional dishes.

Last night a group of 8 of us returned for dinner. Because we were 8 we were able to reserve and this was a good thing because by 6:30 every seat upstairs was filled. (If you do not reserve, you can still get a seat eventually as tables turn over fairly quickly)

The much-discussed short-rib-stuffed pumpkin/squash dish ($38) can now be ordered on the spot and I recommend. HUGE portion (we had ample leftovers even with 8 diners). Excellent, interesting aromas of cinammon and star anise (5-spice)..wonderful contrast betwen the starchy squash and the lusciously tender beef. A must have!

The second highlight was the also-much-lauded Roast chicken with preserved vegetables ($10 half chicken). Wonderful, crispy skinned chicken..white meat not overly dried out. Excellent. Essential.

The remaining star was the Mixed Asian Mushrooms over bean curd rolls ($16.95): A variety of fresh and dried mushrooms (shitake, King, etc) served over rolls of bean curd skin that were in in turn, stuffed with chopped greens and more mushrooms. Essential.

All three of these dishes are listed on the Chef's Recommendations section of the menu.

Also on the Chef's Recommendations list is the appetizer of honey bbq quail $3 per piece)
These were very good but not essential. Beautifully browned..tender meat.

Home-Style Pan Fried Lotus Cake ($9.95), also on the recommended list, has been discussed on other threads. Fried croquettes, not greasy. Tasty and good. (I wish there had been some kind of dipping sauce for these; I asked for condiments but received only pepper and hot sauce)

Winter Melon Soup with Seafood was recommended by the manager (female with curly hair); I found it a little bland but again, I am no expert on Cantonese soups and suspect that blandness is apppropriate for the dish. True??

E-Fu Noodle with Crab Meat..did not try this; there was already too much food.

Fried Butter Fish in black bean sauce. Well received by some of the fish-lovers at the table, this was a heap of whole fairly small butterfish. Staff attempted to dissuade us by saying it was very bony and it was. I did not try, either.

Prawns in Double Rice. Interesting dish of white and black rice with head-on prawns. Prawns were crispy outside and tender within. Very good. Not essential.

Neighboring table had the roast duck which looked so good I was tempted to snatch a leg off their table. There is also Peking duck on the menu.

Along with about 12 beers, dinner was $32 before tip. Service charge was not added to the total. Service was very good..time was taken to explain dishes but staff were not overbearing or over solicitous, as described in several posts here. There is a wine list and byob is allowed (apparently with corkage fee).

Sauteed pea shoots..good.

Excellent dinner. I/we plan to return. Thank you to all who posted the very helpful reviews here that allowed us to select from the huge menu.

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