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Ocean Palace Houston Quick report

bishopsbitter | May 5, 200806:14 AM

Owing to some mussels that did not sit well this report is a negative. It was a fun-enough place although quite how people find the Dim-Sum area (upstairs) is a mystery in and of itself :-) A slight upwards tilt to the arrow that says "Dim Sum" would help a lot as otherwise you wander around like a lost soul in the cavernous halls downstairs. I suppose when it's busier this is not an issue.

Dumplings good but I preferred Fung's in all respects.

Also, forgive my ignorance, but is this Vietnam/China meld or just one or the t'other? When I lived in Tulsa I had a fear and loathing for the common tendency there to comingle (even MORE bizarre) Chinese and Japanese restaurants owing to low oriental-leaning potential punter numbers.

I noticed a setting up for perhaps a Vietnamese wedding going on (a fascinating comedic farce process involving scraping off letters from the tables etc.etc.etc.) so maybe the latter. I've never really taken up with Vietnamese food so don't even know the basics of whether this was or not. Chinese I love but the flavors here I found UNChinese by which I don't mean UN American Chinese but unfamiliar from NYC's version of dim-sum. Pan-fried noodles without sauce seemed strange as well.

I was expecting a sort of seafood skewed menu as well with the name but seafood (apart from the mussels which DID NOT sit well) was little in evidence. Also some duck surfaced close by (but not close enough) then was wheeled itself away never to be seen again. Whereas the dreaded buns & pastries and such rolled around endlessly like a stuck record.

Can anyone recommend "Chinese" Chinese dim-sum. I wasn't impressed with this although it was cheap lunch to be sure at $35 for 2. Good service (tea endlessly tended to). Good people watching. Just not good food (for my tastes).

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