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rachel hope | May 30, 200111:44 AM

I know there's been discussion on the boards of this restaurant (in the Ranch 99 Mall) before -- mostly in re dim sum. My hubby and I went for dinner last week and I return with a positive report.

The fish tanks at the restaurant's entrance are brilliant. We saw enormous Alaskan King Crabs, many types of lobster and shrimp ... although now that I think of it, I didn't notice many non-crustaceans.

The appetizers to order (judging from what the waiters were carrying) are (steamed?) shrimp -- just a plain old dish of fresh shrimp in their shells with a dipping sauce if you must -- and the seafood salad in lettuce cups. Unfortunately, as a concession to my not-so-adventerous husband we had potstickers which were freshly made but too greasy/cabbagey for my taste.

For entrees we ordered a shrimp in black bean and lobster sauce and a fresh green (mustard). The black bean and lobster sauce was excellent, I was spooning it over the rice long after we'd run through the sweet shrimp. Unfortunately, the plate was filled out with enormous quantities of large-chopped red and green bell peppers which -- especially since pregnancy -- just don't agree with my digestive system. The mustard was verrrrrry garlicky (the waiter had asked us how much we liked garlic, and we said we liked it a lot -- so there).

We will definitely return soon. I want to try those steamed shrimp, and I saw a vegetable curry heading to a neighbor's table that smelled seductive. Unfortunately, much of the menu cannot be sampled by two relatively-cheap eaters -- the amazing selection of seafood definitely lends itself to banquet eating.

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