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Chow Lunch at Mai (formerly LyLy)

bougouni | Jan 28, 2005 03:53 PM

First, thanks to my fellow-lunchers for welcoming me to my first Chow Lunch. The company was good, the discovery of a new corner of Eden Center happy and the food pretty tasty.

Let’s see (I’ve never done this before, but was told that the new person starts the reviews):

We had the roast clams in five spices (in shells) first. They were good, clammy enough, with nice seasoning—ginger and ? (four other ones, I guess). The salt/pepper/lime juice squirt on top didn’t add much, I didn’t think. A little too oily, maybe, cutting off the clam flavor a bit.

Next, the squid salad. My favorite. Fresh, tasty squid, enhanced and perhaps a bit overpowered by onions, peppers, coriander, spices, etc. We cleaned this up (well, to be honest, we cleaned all of them up) in a hurry.

The big fish: This was the main attraction. Cooked for us, of course, so no freshness issues. Big problem with this was a service issue—it was supposed to be wrapped in pancakes with herbs (basil, mint, coriander) and noodles and topped with a sauce, but neither the herbs or sauce appeared until well after the fish was dished out and wrapped. On the other hand, the noodles were the first thing to be placed on our table, before the clams, so they were cold and gummy by the time we needed them. I didn’t think the pancakes added much either—nice to keep the tastes together, but they were hard around some edges and tasteless (as they were supposed to be, I guess). The fish had a nice flavor and I liked the sauce, but nothing outstanding.

Pork? chop with egg quiche and rice: The meat was well cooked and had lots of flavor, but the egg quiche never appeared. The waiter said he would bring it out to be served on the side, but that never happened.

Seafood with crispy noodles: Decent, not interesting. Seafood was ok, noodles just . . . dry crunchy noodles.

Overall, a decent place, a tasty inexpensive lunch, nothing to rave about, less than great service, not somewhere I’d go back when there are other better ones 1 minute away (anyone had the tamarind soup at Huong Que lately? yum). Did anyone here ever go to Galaxy, off 50 and Annandale? That was a great spot, but spooky. We always wondered about its real purpose, until one day it closed . . .

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