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Lucky Dragon Cafe - Pleasant Hill

SLRossi | Sep 30, 200304:00 PM

After the great success of China Village, I decided it was time to try Lucky Dragon Cafe. So, with Bryan's reports in hand, wife and I headed to LD. Like Bryan, I was stunned that the place was empty. Literally, no one other than us in the entire time we were there???

Started with the cold appetizer plate. The jellyfish was a textural challenge for me as well, but I agree with Bryan that as the moderate heat comes on it is quite addictive. The sliced beef was dry and had little flavor, not worth it. The sliced pork with its gellatinous rim was fantastic. Such rich flavor and so juicy. I mean so juicy that the wife and I are looking at eachother and asking how it's possible with cold meat.

I didn't see E-fu noodles on the menu, so I asked and the waitress (English challenged) said we could have them. I don't think that's what we got. We got noodles in a thin and relatively flavorless broth. There appeared to be a small amount of crab meat, and won tons filled with shrimp and pork (the only thing worth eating). When we requested things to be packed to go at the end of the meal, this was the only thing we did not request to be packed.

Then the Honey Walnut Prawns. Perfectly cooked! The clingy sweet glaze was great, as well as the candied walnuts.

Salt and pepper crab. I can't improve on what Bryan has already said. Expertly cooked and flavorful.

So, while we had good dishes, I can't say that I'd hurry back. Perhaps the Cantonese style is just not my favorite? Even the good dishes seemed to have trouble maintaining my interest. With a beer and a glass of wine, we were out the door for $62.


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