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Minneapolis: A Very Disappointing Trip To Rainbow Chinese

mark grossman | Aug 9, 200303:06 AM

Rainbow Chinese restaurant on Eat Street-- Nicollet Ave just north of Lake Street-- has been touted for several years as the top or one of the top chinese eateries in the twin cities. good reviews when they opened and Best Of awards from City Pages weekly. tried it for the first time tonight and was UNDER whelmed. especially my chinese wife, originally from Hong Kong, who is knowlegable about cantonese cuisine. the food seemed to have been cooked by non chinese "Gweilos" for other non chinese. indeed there were few chinese in a full room and that to me is always a bad sign in a chinese rest. we exchanged one dish whose menu description was way off from what they actually served but that only helped things marginally. if this is a Best Of, then the Twin Cities Chinese rest. scene is dismal. and it may be true that the local Vietnamese scene is far better. I would like to try My Le Hoa in Little Canada but that is about the only chinese place that intrigues out there. MAYBE the A team in the kitchen was off on summer vacation. Maybe this is an example of a restaurant getting lazy and complacent once they develop a reputation. would like to see the local critics go back to update their impressions.

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