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O'mei - Chinese cuisine in Santa Cruz

Han Lukito | Jan 18, 200310:45 PM

After reading previous tips on this, I went to this place today. The place is well designed, dimly lit and very nice. Table is made out of granite rock-very classy. Lots of wine selection too. The clientele are mostly non-asians there. But this place is no slouch by any means. It definitely has some unique chinese dishes. And many of the dishes looked very interesting.

The appetizers were offered on a tray and there were several to choose from. The spicy tofu looked great but I wanted to save space for the entree.

Gan Pung chicken: for those who likes sweet sauces, this will delight you. The chicken is cooked perfectly tender. The sauce has medium thickness, bits of garlic and a bit too sweet for my taste.

Hu La crunchy beef: the beef is cut into thin strips and deep fried with some spices. Lots of dried chilli peppers are mixed in there. If you do not like it, then just set it aside. This is very nice. Not hot at all.

Bacon/cabbage sautee: they made their own smoked bacon here. It is sliced thin and few slices here and there are mixed with cabbage and green onion. The dried chilli peppers also made appearance again. The veggies had that slight charred look and also gets infused with the nice smokiness of the sliced bacon. Another winner.

The bill total was $52.76 with tax and tips. Rice are charged per person with free refills. A bit high for a chinese restaurant but the ambiance and the uniqueness of the dish deserves it. Portions are also quite large here.

One drawback was the waiting time. We had to wait 40 minutes before any dishes arrived. It's good idea to get those appetizers on the tray. Also recommend to make reservation as I saw the other customers waiting for a longgg time.

This place is a gem in my book. One that I will return time and again.

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