Like several others here we mourned the loss of Chang's on Nicollet in Minneapolis. In spite of all the awards it's received, we didn't think that highly of Rainbow (also on Nicollet--Eat Street) and have always meant to try Seafood Palace, a place that at least geographically fits in between the two. Finally did that last night and don't know why we didn't do it sooner.
The place is very clean, fairly large and kind of pretty. Tables are spaced a good distance apart. Sort of blueish light from aquariums built into the wall with large fish to watch. Pleasant spider flower and caladium flower arrangements here and there and a pink and blueish pastel color scheme. Not your standard Chinese restaurant. One room has a large steamtable arrangement for what I assume must be a lunch buffet. Two in our party are smokers and the existance of a smoking room pleased them immeasurably.
Food was slightly higher in price than most Chinese restaurants but very tasty and worth the extra outlay. Average price of entrees seemed to be 13 to 14 dollars but very large portions. They have a standard menu with all the standards on it--not just seafood, a weekly special menu and a black board listing the specials of the day.
We started with egg rolls, crispy and filled with meat and veggies, pot stickers (6 for $7 and possibly the least tasty of everything we tried), and a deep fried giant soft-shelled crab which was the evening's special appetizer--a bit pricey at $7 but a real treat and very well-prepared. Each of the four in our party ordered one entree dish but three for four would have been smarter portion-wise. I had sizzling seafood casserole with lots of cute straw mushrooms and plenty of shrimp, giant scallops and squid and good crisp veggies. My husband had the duck special from the weekly menu--duck in a lovely brown sauce over a sort of "family happiness" arrangement of veggies, pork, chicken and seafood--some of the best duck we've had recently. The other two dishes were crispy duck surrounded by steamed baby bok choy and dungeness crab. Again the duck was done very well, nice crispy skin and juicy meat. Though the dungeness crab was a challenge to eat, covered in a sort of lobster sauce, it must have been tasty because the friend who ordered it continued to eat long after the rest of us had finished our easier to manage dishes. When we finished we were served complimentary orange sections and fortune cookies for dessert. The orange sections really "hit the spot" and--surprise!--the fortunes were all happy. We will certainly return.
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