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Imperial Dynasty in Hanford, CA

JS | Oct 25, 200402:12 AM

After reading several glowing reviews about this place on this board, I decided to drag 3 friends to dinner on Sunday while in Visalia for a conference. The decor is interesting but the food left much to be desired. The best I can say about it is that, as far as Americanized Chinese food goes, it's decent. It purports to serve fusion Chinese/French/Continental cuisine but the result is simply bland food. With the notable exception of the escargot(which was quite good), the food was largely flavorless and served on beds of hard and chewy rice. I had the Duck with Tangerine sauce and my girlfriend the Cornish Game Hen. My other two friends had the salmon and shrimp.
The cornish game hen was dry, slightly overcooked, and the center was tough and chewy. The duck had virtually no duck flavor and the prevailing flavor was that of oil and fat combined with some overly sweet sauce. The shrimp and salmon were equally uninspired.

The disparity between the posted reviews and my experience might be explained by the semi-retirement of Chef Wing but the precipitous drop in quality is alarming for a restaurant that claims to have served California Supreme Court Justices, Senators, and occasional Presidents, as well as being a leading voice in fusion cuisine. Out of all the restaurants I've visited based on Chowhound recommendations, my visit to Imperial Dynasty was by far the most disappointing.

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