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Noodle on Seven

jay | Oct 1, 2005 11:24 PM

Know others have posted, but I had a different experience. Tried this place on Friday. I picked up a menu a few weeks ago and thought it sounded good, but never got around to trying it. I noticed they had pictures up the other day and the dishes looked good, so ordered take-out on Friday – not usually one for ordering based on pics, but the food looked nice, basic, and of good quality.

We tried the soy chicken and the roast duck over rice along with a steamed pork bun and the crystal shrimp dumplings. Both rice dishes looked and smelled appealing upon opening them – sliced pieces of well-browned meat atop of rice with garnishes of stir-fried bokchoy and ginger and some other ambiguous green/oniony condiment. When we dug into the meat, we realized all of the pieces were superficially fat/skin pieces attached to segmented spinal column without really any meat – seriously, there was no meat to be had. We wound up with roasted bones. It was chopped where it was mainly vertebrae, with no meat—the birds were cut horizontally with no sense of where the meat would adhere, leaving us, at least, with empty cavity, skin, fat, and vertebrae. They don't carve the chicken or the duck; they merely hack the entire bird, bone and all, and don't bother to sort the resulting slices. There were also fine slivers of bone in the chicken, akin to splintery fish bones, that made it hazardous to eat.

We were very disappointed. The rice and accoutrements were tasty in a non-descript soy/ginger way that definitely would have been enhanced by what we garnered from the slivers of meat we had. The pork bun was passable, the shrimp dumplings were good and worth ordering again, but the roasted bone and rice experience was just bizarre. Someone else give me a detailed description of a better experience and I will try it again, but otherwise it's blacklisted for me. Gross. Hazardous. Wrong.

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