I'd been hearing good things about this place for a while, so when an occassion presented itself for a nice meal in Westchester (celebratory for 2 Grammy noms), my parents and I went for dinner.
Decor was gussied up red seats, with christmas decorations still in evidence throughout the restaurant.
The menu looked interesting - good wide selection of dishes that I hadn't tried in other places. A few influences of Shanghai cuisine - soup buns, Shanghai braised prawns.
We ordered cold sesame noodles and baby clams in a black bean sauce as appetizers.
The cold sesame noodles were a gloopy mess. They were substandard for suburban chinese - the only flavorings were noodle and thick sesame sauce; dull. The baby clams were much better. Fresh tasting clams in a nice, if somewhat forgettable sauce.
Following some service mishaps, with incorrect dishes brought out twice, we received our main courses: Ginkgo chicken with a reduced merlot wine sauce, crispy whole fish hunan style, and water spinach with aged bean curd.
This was where the meal absolutely fell apart. The chicken tasted of the wine sauce and nothing else. It was bland, bland, bland. The spinach and tofu dish was somewhat better; still nothing exciting. The fish, however was godawful. This was advertised as a whole fish, yet we received batterfried filet, in a sweet, gloopy, unspiced sauce. The meal left my mother and myself feeling physically ill (see olestra thread for details).
Drinks were a Tsingtao, a coke and tea.
Tab came to $90 after tip.
Poor meal by even suburban standards, at a place advertised as "Best of Westchester, 2002."