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Excellent New Elizabeth Street/Chinatown Cantonese


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Excellent New Elizabeth Street/Chinatown Cantonese

Edward Felcher | Mar 24, 2004 05:10 AM

Went out last night to Chinatown, noticed the large, packed Asian crowd eating in a new restaurant, Kew Garden at 1-3 Elizabeth Street, so went in to try it.

The place is very brightly lit, clean, in the newer glitzy "Hong Kong" style.

Everyone was eating the promotional double lobster for $9.95. It was fresh, prepared in a lightly spiced sauce and delicious. This was advertised in a window sign in huge letters, but not in English, so had to ask.

Also tried the 1/2 dozen oysters. This was not wonderful sounding on the menu, but what apppeared was 6 HUGE fresh oysters, broiled, with a beautiful garlic/bean sauce, very tasty.

The waiter was very friendly and helpful, he admitted that the English "gweilo" menu didn't have most of the best dishes. He pointed out a nice dish of snow pea green s with fermented bean paste that another table was having, and it was indeed also ultra-fresh and excellent.

We also had the braised sable, which was again excellent.

A lot of the "old standby" places in Chinatown have been going downhill, I was very impressed with Kew Gardens and will be going back to sample more of the menu.

If you don't read Chinese, you would do well to look around carefully at what the Asian diners are eating and just point out the dishes that look good to the waiter.

All the specials are in Chinese only, and the English menu is painfully limited to fairly standard choices.

Very filling dinner for two with Tsing Tao beeer came to $59. As a caveat, my tastes run to very authentic Chinese food, but they do have the usual standards such as fried rice if you go with a non-adventerous eater.


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