Restaurants & Bars

Good newish Chinese restaurant in Sparks

SteveTimko | Mar 9, 2008 10:34 PM

A year ago it seemed like there were new restaurants opening every week in the Reno area. Now it looks like only chain restaurants are opening. I know someone who talked to a co-owner of one of Reno's better restaurants and she's lost a lot of business.
At any rate, I was in the mood for sushi and wanted to try some place new. So I tried C.J. Palace on Los Altos Parkway and the Pyramid Highway. It opened about six months ago. The one sushi roll I tried was a let down but the Chinese food is pretty good. It might be worth having a Chowhound chowdown there.
C.J. Palace is elegant along the lines of Peony and Jazmine. Stone table tops and nice wood chairs. They have both Chinese and Japanese menus. The Japanese menu includes a long sushi list, mostly rolls. And most of the rolls are in the $7 to $10 range.
I asked for recommended sushi from two employees band both steered me toward a lobster that's $15. Too much. I instead got a Yummy Roll. It's made of shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, white tuna, salmon, two "special sauces," scallions and masago, whatever that is. The presentation was brilliant. It was very pretty. But like so much Japanese food to me, presentation is more important than flavor. And it really didn't have much. I didn't finish it.
On the other hand, I asked both people for Chinese food recommendations and both recommended the Mongolian beef. This was excellent and Chowhound worthy. The beef was tender and perfectly cooked. I think it was coated with something, like they do with pork. The onions were fresh and tasty. Everything else was well done, too.
It was just one meall. I'm willing to give other sushi a try. I may even spring $15 for the lobster sushi. Peony I think is still the best Chinese restaurant in the Reno area but C.J. Palace looks like a great place to explore Chinese food.
C.J. Palace
129 Los Altos Parkway, Suite 119
Sparks, NV 89436
(775) 626-8878


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