I posted this to ne.food but got no takers, soooo:
"We have to go down to Providence a couple of times and are wondering about great Asian restaurants there--Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese--perhaps other, but those seem to be my daughter's current favorites. We will be near Hope St. if that is relevant. The restaurant should not be closed between lunch and dinner, since we are apt to arrive at some odd time, and it should also be casual."
In the meantime, I spent some hours yesterday scrolling through this board, looking for answers to that (and various other questions), so now I will ask specifically about a few restaurants that cropped up. For example, are all of these still in business? And which one would you choose? Or are there other restaurants that should be on my radar screen? (I do wish there was a Zagat for Providence, even if I view them with some skepticism!)
Eastern Pearl--how good is this for regular Chinese food as vs dim sum? Can I assume they have Sichuan and Hunan items, and, if so, are they good renditions? Oh yes, and do they have decent sweet and sour or beef and broccoli for my daughter?
Little Chopsticks--ditto and how does it compare to the above?
China Inn (Pawtucket)--ditto.
Apsara--do they have a decent claypot/caramel fish, chicken, or pork or a nice Viet (or similar) curry for my daughter? (I'm sure I could amuse myself there.)
Asian Paradise--ditto, and how does it compare to the above?
O Cha--what is their range? Japanese and anything else?
Any information you can provide would be much appreciated. I am flexible but looking for pretty authentic taste treats, while my daughter is looking for things she is familiar with.