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St. Louis: Wei Hong Seafood Restaurant: & Bakery

p.j. | May 17, 200502:58 PM

Hi! Only have time for a short report. Tried Wei Hong for the first time today--impromptu anniversary lunch with husb. What a beautiful job they did restoring the old theatre! Wow. Lots of parking out back-enter via the driveway on the west side of the building.

We accidentally entered the restaurant through the Wei Hong Bakery, whose door was open on this beautiful spring day. There are a couple of nice sized tables with chairs for snacking in there. The baked goods looked delicious.

The gracious woman in the bakery showed us through a side door into the theatre proper. This is probably the most elegant Chinese restaurant I have ever been in. Definitely a great spot for a banquet/wedding, etc.

The restaurant was not busy at noon. There are about 20 items on the lunch menu. I asked if there was another, Chinese menu, which there was not. The food was very good and the service was excellent.
Hot tea and tall glasses of ice water came immediately.
The entrees come with soup (I had a delicate egg drop) and a spring/egg roll. We explained to our server that we did not want any meat in the dishes. When she brought our entrees, she explained that the crispy and delicious spring rolls were vegetarian. How thoughtful! (The menu did not indicate that they would be included.)
We ordered Ma po tofu and Sliced fish with black bean sauce. The tofu was a softer, more silken tofu than I expected. The generous portion was topped with a spicy sauce containing chopped black mushrooms, scallions, red pepper, etc. The fish was in chunks that were pan-fried (a little chewy--could have been cooked a little less), and came with a sauce of black beans and lots of scallions. Tasty. The waitress had thought the fish was sole, but after looking at the extensive dinner menu, I think it might have been rockfish.

I will be back. Looking forward to dinner there, as well. Take care, p.j.

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