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tedm | Jul 9, 200402:10 PM     10

Took some friends there Wed. night who had never been, and thought I'd just post a bit about the state of the restaurant, which was packed.

It seems 5 may be the optimum number, which is what we had on Wednesday. I have been there with parties of 12,10, 7 and 2, and I think 5 is the best. The table of 10 next to us had the same trotter and fish we did, but had to split it twice as many ways. They may have had more dishes overall, but I'd rather have more of those big-ticket items.

The old $50 option is now $55 and portions seem to be getting smaller, although we had 10 appetizers (including seaweed tied into bowties that I haven't had there before).

We had 11 entrees including something I haven't had there before; small chunks of pork on the bone that you pop in your mouth and chew the meat off of. May have been pork rib cut into bite size pieces.

Here's the rundown:

Appetizers:

Red Peanuts 
Duck
Mock Chicken
Jellyfish Salad
Parsley Salad w/tofu
Beef Tendon
Pickled Cucumber Slices
Seaweed
Chinese celery? (it was described as some kind of shoot)
Crunchy green veg with spicy chile sauce (don't know what this was)

Main dishes:

Ginko nut shrimp
Wide rice noodle with pork
Spicy eggplant
Pork rib (?)
Basil mushrooms
Mustard greens with enoki
Abalone with egg white
Gluten with diced vegetable
Pork hock
Sweet and Sour whole fish
Orange beef

With 4 beers, tax and tip, total came to $72 per person.

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