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Melanie Wong | Jan 31, 200207:37 PM     11

Sometimes the chowhoundy senses fail when sniffing out a new place to try. Last week I wandered into a neighborhood restaurant that had an interesting menu posted featuring Szechuan and Shanghainese dishes in search of a quick lunch. I was greeted in Mandarin...another good sign.

I ordered the Szechwan Dan Dan Noodles (marked with "one chili pepper" hotness on the menu) for $5.25. This turned out to be a pile of mushy soft noodles topped with an overly sweet and creamy homogenized peanut sauce that was not at all spicy, some nondescript chopped veggies, and boiled spinach. Bland and gooey.

Then two staff members started screaming at each other and wouldn't stop even after I asked them for some peace and quiet. I decided to cut my losses, left my inedible lunch behind, and paid my bill without leaving a tip.

If anyone has had a positive experience here, I'd love to hear about it.

New City Lounge
1779 Lombard St.
San Francisco
415-563-1927
Open 7 days a week
11am to 12midnight

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