Took the family to R&G Lounge for a Mother's Day "eve" dinner. The fam had not been to R&G since before the renovation, so we were all looking forward to dinner. Since there were only seven of us, we ordered from the regular menu instead of ordering a banquet. And upon recommendations from this board to order the "no mai gai" (sticky-rice-stuffed chicken) 24 hours in advance, we did just that.
Upon walking into the restaurant, we were surprised at how it didn't look like a typical Chinese restaurant. With the modern, well-lit decor, we felt like we were walking into a fusion restaurant like House. We sat at a corner table on the top floor. Bathrooms were clean, utensils and plates were clean, service seemed effecient...so far, so good. We ordered the black mushrooms with gai choy, eggplant with garlic sauce, the R&G special beef, the chicken clay pot, walnut prawns, salt&pepper squid, spicy pork, and, of course, the stuffed chicken. We wanted to order the minced pork with salted fish, but the server told us it would take 30 minutes to prepare and we declined. Most of the dishes were around $12. The stuffed chicken was $45. All in all, the food was pretty good. A step above what you would find at a neighborhood joint, but definitely not outstanding.
-black mushrooms with gai choy was very tasty...huge mushrooms with the diameter of an orange and tender choy in a sauce that was light and not too salty.
-eggplant was soft, but not mushy, and came with the typical garlic-pepper-soy sauce that was nice and rich, but not overpowering.
-stuffed chicken was awesome. One of the best ones we've had. The rice had lots of little bits of mushrooms and scallops and meat. The chicken skin was crispy, but not greasy. Very tasty.
-House watercress soup was good and flavorful.
-the coconut pudding dessert with sweet red beans hiding at the bottom (no charge).
-walnut shrimp were sweet, tender, and tasty, but the batter was soggy with grease.
-same with the salt&pepper squid. Very greasy!
-the spicy pork was overwhelmed by the greasy aftertaste.
-house special beef too much of an artifically sweet orangey flavor.
Even though the food was not bad and the atmosphere was nice enough for Mother's Day, we were all pretty disappointed with the overall value. The prices were double what you'd pay at a neighborhood joint and the portions half the size. We don't think it's worth a repeat visit.
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