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Princess Gardens, St. Paul

Michael Penfield | Nov 10, 200004:52 PM

Yesterday I discovered a small Chinese restaurant, specializing in Szechuan cuisine, located in a mall on the southwestern corner of Rice and Larpenteur and I only mention it here because I understand that many chowhounders are intensely interested in small restaurants tucked away in the middle of, well, nowhere (apologies to nearby residents.) Anyway, the place has been in existence for 24 years, and is owned by a husband-wife team from Hong Kong. The food that I ordered was suited for Midwestern suburban tastes, and for good economic reasons, since Roseville, Maplewood, and Little Canada are all nearby. In fact, if you cross Larpenteur you're no longer in St. Paul. The Mongolian beef dish was oily, or maybe the word should be greasy, and the hot and sour soup was not very spicy at all, but otherwise I enjoyed the food. The wife who hosts while the husband cooks is very gracious and the artwork on the walls is worth a viewing.

I noticed a framed review from Jeremy Iggers on the walls, and a plaque that proclaimed Princess Gardens to be the City Pages or City Reader Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year for 1990. For what it's worth.

Oh, cash only by the way.

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