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Garden Cafe (Arcadia) - review - disappointing lunch


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Garden Cafe (Arcadia) - review - disappointing lunch

The Oracle | Aug 16, 2006 11:14 PM

Went to Garden Cafe in Arcadia for lunch today. It's the old site of Chez Sateau, on Baldwin, just south of Huntington Drive.

The space was really nice - on the contemporary side. Great looking bar area, some modern lighting in the restaurant - a cool looking private back room -- I was pleasantly surprised. The place was packed, almost 100% asian, I was getting excited.

I ordered the pork chop. You have your choice of pasta or rice. I ordered rice. The portions are HUGE. A mound of steamed rice (easily 2 cups), a small side of veggies (very good) and two huge pork chops. The pork flavor was ok, but it was very fatty. I only got through 1 one of the chops. Also had a cream of chicken-type soup which didn't have a lot of flavor to it and had one sliver of chicken in it. In a nutshell, the food experience was mediocre.

If I were to categorize it, this would be the asian version of Claim Jumper. You get tons of food, for little money, and it's packed. I'm sure there is something on the menu that is a keeper, but the pork chop was not it. Other dining companions had the pork spare ribs, the pork knuckle (this thing is huge), and the filet mignon/chicken(?) plate. I didn't try any and no one finished their portion, but they all said it was pretty good.

The pork chop was $5.50 and could easily feed 2. Not sure how much the soup was -- I don't think it was included in that price.

Again, if you want massive quantities of so-so food for little money, this is place for you. As for me, the food wasn't good enough to warrant a return visit.

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