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True confessions: I've enjoyed some Chinese meals at C'est Bon


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True confessions: I've enjoyed some Chinese meals at C'est Bon

Ediblethoughts | Feb 4, 2009 06:55 AM

For the longest time, I didn't venture into CB because of the scathing reviews I'd read here. But one day some months back, we were going to go to Tabla but it was closed so we went to the closest place. I didn't have high expectations, but in the end I was very pleasantly surprised. True, it's not "real Chinese" in that they don't serve tea unless you order it and soup comes out in single servings (not one big bowel meant for drowning in) and they... well, they have a Sweet and Sour section on their menu. But I've been back twice since that first visit and I've always enjoyed my food and been pleased with the service--very fast, and very accommodating about changing ingredients and such. Specifically, we've had the hot and sour soup (which was very good but needed to be heated up more---so the last time we were there, we asked for it to be extra hot from the stove---this worked out well); veggie steamed dumplings (quite nice though not as many interesting ingredients as at Asian Legends and Tasty); sauteed fish in spicy sauce (satisfying but not as good as the fish in Real Chinese places--the fish isn't as tender and it almost has the texture of having been blanched before hand but unlike Real Chinese, it is deboned and the onions and spice that it's prepared with were very tasty); Thai curry fried rice (very nice curry taste); vegetarian ma pa tofu (very pleasant soft tofu); c'est bon mixed veggie (I love the assortment--you rarely get so many legitimate Chinese veggies in one dish at a Real Chinese place----lotus bulbs, bak choi and Chinese broc to name 3 of them---and very fresh).

Those are the only dishes I can recall directly but we've also ordered some eggplant dishes in the past and a noodle, the names escape me--but they were all good. The only dish that I didn't like (ironic since I think this is the only dish many people who dislike the main course food do find pleasing) was the deep fried mars bars. Yeah, that was not something I'd ever try again. But CB is definitely on my routine of places to eat at!

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