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O-Mei chinese restaurant on Hwy 7: a review


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O-Mei chinese restaurant on Hwy 7: a review

Royaljelly | Jun 16, 2007 06:54 PM

Just came back from a quick dinner at O-Mei on Hwy 7 just east of Leslie. Had read some good reviews from Chowhounders and wanted to give it a try. It was just 2 of us and a baby, so we didn't get to try too many dishes. 2 menu's offered, one is chinese only, and you can order as a combo or dishes alone. If you order items alone, you only get about 22 or so dishes to choose from (a bit limited for a Chinese restaurant). Because I can't read Chinese (my wife usually does the ordering), I asked for an English menu. Oddly enough, the manager told us that the English menu is for "western people only". I'm assuming the dishes are quite different? I didn't ask any more about it.

Service was very attentive esp. to those who seemed like returning customers, the managers would hang around and chat for awhile (but not with us though). About 1/3 of the crowd was non-chinese, and almost everyone was dressed nicely. Decor was decent but nothing overly elegant. Place was packed by 7:30pm (sat night before Father's day).

We had the following:

1) Deep fried pork in "secret sauce" - turn out to be sweet and sour sauce, hilarious. No clue why they would choose that name? I guess we should've just asked first what that sauce was instead taking a guess choice. Meat was quite tender and not too fatty, and breading was quite thin and crunchy. Sauce was the typical bright red Cantonese style and a bit on the overly sweet side. Comes w/ some pineapples and peppers (not too fresh). Plenty of pieces of meat for $11.

2) Scallops and eggplant in XO sauce - big fresh pieces of scallops in a spicy sauce with nicely cooked eggplant fingers. Again, lots of scallopes for $14.

3) veggie/mushroom/ white fungus dish - again everything was very fresh, sauce was just light enough to not overwhelm the key ingredients.

Our single bowl of rice was very dry, probably near the bottom of the rice cooker. Dessert was excellent, this soft doughy mango ball with coconut shavings crust, and a sweet red rice soup. Final cost was $47 (incl taxes) no booze.

Overall a pleasant meal with very fresh ingredients and well prepared dishes. Nothing too outstanding for mains, but then again we didn't try the "Buddha jumping over wall" soup like others had suggested (a bit pricey @ $10 per person for the small little flask that it comes in) or any of the big priced seafood courses like Lobster. Prices were a bit higher than most other chinese places, but I'd rather eat here than say Ambassador for dinner.

I'll defintely bring my parents the next time they're in town and see if it gets their approval.

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