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O'mei (Santa Cruz)...O'my! Has some potential...

Carb Lover | Sep 3, 200507:08 PM

Well, I'll spare you from a long-winded post of my first time at O'mei and give you a snapshot impression in a few words and photos linked below. Went w/ a group of 7 people a couple of weeks ago for dinner and would give it a 6/10 with belief that there's potential there, if selective. Not a destination for visitors IMO, but a good option for locals who are desperate for good Asian-style eats (uh, that would be me).

Food is obviously not authentic Sichuan but has some connection. Ingredients were fresh, meat and seafood were generally well-executed, and some of the sauces had some guts and distinction. Not surprisingly, heat level could be ratcheted up, but will need to try some of their Kung Pao preps next time.

Really liked the housemade red oil dumplings and shacha beef. Also liked the fried sweet potatoes in one of the dishes, so will look for that elsewhere on the menu. Liked the calamari, but will stay away from shrimp and fish selections next time. Is sad to not have a whole fish w/ head and all at a Chinese restaurant. :-(

Prices are on the high side for a family-style restaurant, but reasonable given quality and portions. As at many SC restaurants, all the veggies (Chinese eggplant, green beans, asparagus) were stellar and are incorporated into many dishes. Tea and service were good. Last CH report was from a couple of years ago for a small chowdown gathering; anyone have anything else to add?

2316 Mission St.
Santa Cruz


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