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China House Restaurant – good prices, good food, good fit for Pinole

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China House Restaurant – good prices, good food, good fit for Pinole

rworange | Mar 3, 2008 06:10 PM

China House just opened in the location of the old Giovanni's Restaurant.

This is a nice standard Chinese restaurant. The prices are good and so is the food. Daily lunch specials are $5.25 and come with a pot of tea, soup of the day, two fried won ton with sweet sauce, choice of one of 30 dishes, choice of chow mein, fried rice or steamed rice, orange section and fortune cookie.

I had the pork with black mushrooms (#24) which had very tend pieces of pork, lots of black mushrooms, bamboo shoots and scallions.

The menu offers the following options:on request
- no msg
- dry wok style cooking

The food is fresh enough that I’d order it without msg next time. It left a bit of a tingle on my tongue. The chow mein was oily, but not excessively so and made-to-order.

All this in a nice restaurant with glass-covered white tablecloths, rosewood-colored chairs, light green cloth napkins and vases with pink mini carnations. Prints of cherry blossoms and mums are on the walls. The staff is dressed in black pants, vests and white shirts.

I only stopped by to pick up a menu, but the restaurant was full with about half the customers Asian, so I decided to throw five bucks to the wind and see what the food was about.

Not a restaurant to go out of the way for, but a nice addition to the town of Pinole.

The table across from me had a plate of Mandarin fried chicken which looked great. It is a standard menu that includes a few clay pots, sizzling platters, mu-shu, egg foo young, chow fun and about 20 soup and noodle dishes.

Some of the more interesting
- chicken with salt fish and tofu clay pot
- oyster with ginger and onion sizzling platter
- crab meat and fish tripe soup
- hung tao yee won ton
- mai fun with duck and preserved cabbage
- Mandarin crispy duck
- Peking duck
- Mandarin chicken salad
- fried ice cream

Lots of sparerib options
- deep-fried spareribs
- salt and pepper spareribs
- Peking style spareribs
- Orange flavored spareribs

I don’t know if this restaurant has anything to do with any other restaurant in the Bay Area with the same name. They don’t list any other locations on the take-out restaurant.

This restaurant seemed equally popular with Asians, non Asians, families and seniors scoring the bargain lunch deal. The prices average between $7 - $9 on the regular menu.

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China House Restaurant
1971 San Pablo Ave, Pinole, CA 94564

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