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falkfood | Feb 11, 2013 05:49 PM

Okay, heard a lot about the soup dumplings here, and they are indeed good. Of course, any time a restaurant gets "hot" the problem isn't what is coming out of the kitchen, it's the capacity of the place (too small) and the staff at the front of the house (too clueless) that screw ya.

I went there with the wife and kids, early on a Saturday night. Yes, Saturday, which means waiting a bit, I know. But the kids are old enough to cool their heels without whining, and the friendly vibe of the good old "put your name and arrival time on the list yourself" thing gave us that warm and fuzzy feeling of communal purpose.

But then the VIP's started rolling in. Anyone who understands the restaurant biz knows that the owner and managers have friends, and these friends get to be seated before everyone else, list or no. But this was a bit over the top. It was pretty much a steady stream of (not surprisingly, Chinese) people jumping the line and getting seated while us mere mortals fogged up the plate glass window with our expectant breath.

Then, when a 4-top that was behind us on the list magically got seated and I complained, I was told that there was ANOTHER LIST inside that was the real state of things -- not that bottom-feeder list upon which I had saddled my hopes. Similar to the walk-sign button at the street corner: it beeps only to make one feel some progress, while the walk-sign arrives on its own damn time.

Anyway, finally seated (just under an hour). Had a variety of soup dumplings. All were delicious. Glass noodles too. Broccoli and kale both were really flavorful. And washed it all down with -- water. Huh? Either they're still waiting on the booze license or the VIPs are Mormons. I'm guessing it's the former.

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