My wife and son aren't big Chinese food fans, so rallying the team for Joe's Noodle House or Szchuan Pavilion just isn't an option. Usually we make our way over to Tony Lin's, where at least I can oder something for myself off the Chinese menu.
Tried Seven Seas on Saturday looking particularly for three of my old favorites there. Really disappointing. Didn't they used to have a large fish tank up front? No more. Plenty of empty tables on a Saturday night at 8pm. No asians. There is no longer a Chinese menu. Or at least they wouldn't give me one. Didn't they used to have the red menu and the black menu? Anyway, the new menu is a laminated, pre-fab piece with color pictures that looks like it belongs at a Food Court. I tried desparately to order the Oyster and Ginger Casserole, which was not on the menu but is one of my old favorites. No one there had any idea what I was talking about.
Clams with Blackbean Sauce was overyly corn-starchy, and overly stingy for the $14.99 price tag. Pan Fried Meat Dumplings, came out within minutes of ordering, which made me a little nervous. And rightfully so as the thick wrappers couldn't be cut with a knife. Pork with Yellow Leeks was palatable, though woefully underseasoned. First time I have ever been tempted to salt my food at a Chinese restaurant. Whole Steamed Tilapia with Ginger And Scallions (they were "out" of the bass written on the board) was skimpy and soggy and mushy, and a total ripoff at what I recall to be $23.99. Snow Pea Leaves Sauted with Garlic was forgotten by the incompetent waitress. We reminded her again. Still nothing. Reminded again. Finally, as we were done, a plate of wet Water Spinach arrives.
We were less than pleased. I assume it was the owner and his family occupying the front table. They sort of pitched in to help on occassion. But they certainly didn't care what we thought enough to ask, as we walked out disappointed and shaking our heads.