Restaurants & Bars 4

Captain King

Jimmy Z. | Mar 8, 2001 10:49 AM

Checked out the Captain, last night - - fantastic.

Contrary to some of the reports I'd read, though, the dim-sum menu was not available during non dim-sum hours! And that meant no sesame bread, no salty or sweet soy milk, no buns with bean paste, etc. However, the sensory-shattering dumplings are, as reported, available at all hours.

We tried to make up for the bread loss with fried bread, but were rejected; same with the Sesame Pancake - - both of which were on the regular menu. We were also unable to get the preserved pork! Not that we needed any inspiration for a return visit, but now I'm ready to high tail it back this weekend!!

As mentioned, the dumplings were unbelievable with the steamed veg bursting with fresh greens and the fried comprised of an almost cylindrical pork mixture encased in the crispiest skin! The pork shank was rich and meaty, the chunk chicken was almost wok-charred with shreds of fried basil, and the eggplant in garlic sauce was pretty damn good considering it is such a pedestrian choice among the rest of the offerings.

Service was very sweet, though nobody spoke hardly a lick of english (asking for the bathroom was met with blank stares!). We left towards closing time when the chefs were eating their dinner at a table next to ours. I spotted a nice looking scallion omelet that they were devouring and was curious if there was anything else in it. I asked about it and the next thing I know, they had given me a piece to scarf down. Simple scallion omelet - - and it rocked!

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