In early June I read a posting by Battistini about Evergreen, and yesterday I finally went to check it out. Great tip - the food was really good!
Six of us went for dinner before Jazz Night Out. The place is on a basement of a mixed office-shops building on Nicollett. As with most good Chinese restaurants, ambiance is not the focus, but who cares?
We started with a great selection of small cold plates, priced at $1.50 and $2.50. The cold plates are just sitting at a refrigerator in the back of the room, so you can "window shop" before you decide what to eat. Our picks: spicy cucumber, seaweed with ginger and garlic, pork stomach, and five spice beef. All these plates were interesting combinations of a variety of different ingredients but the right kind of combination, where individual flavors come to life in their full glory.
The spicy cucumber isnt very spicy, just enough to add an incredible zest to this refreshing legume. The seaweed came in little knots filled with garlic and tasty strands of ginger. The Pork stomach is shredded in (sesame?) oil, plus peanuts and spices. And the five spice beef are thin slices of cooked beef that look greasy, but are actually light and subtly flavored (my friend and I were guessing cloves is one of the spices).
After those we had more traditional dishes, such as dumplings, pot-stickers, eggplant in garlic sauce, moo shu pork, noodles and a lamb noodle soup. The eggplant and the lamb noodle soup were the best dishes, but all was very well prepared and flavorful. The bill was $11 per person, and we were super satisfied!
Definitely recommend the place for the cold plates especially during these hot summer days =)