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Ziings - Fullerton

Just Cid | Nov 17, 2003 06:11 PM

Yes, I typed it right. There are two "i"'s in Ziings.

Ziings is a fairly new restaurant in the eternally redeveloping downtown area of Fullerton. They're been open about 4 months, according to the manager.

They bill themselves as an "asian influenced chinese bistro", whatever that means.

On the surface, it seems like pretty pedestrian Chinese restaurant food. General Ziing's chicken (I guess 'ol General Tso got ousted in the last revolution?), orange peel beef, cashew chicken, sweet & sour pork. But, as you look closer at the menu, you see some light at the end of the tunnel. Its not all mom & pop's chinese food.

There's things like Soy Glazed Halibut, Pad Thai (yes, I know its not chinese - hey, they say Asian and IMHO, that covers just about anything this side of linguini w/clam sauce), Dragon Fire Scallops (these were *really* good), Miso Seared Ahi, & Togarashi Crusted Ahi Salad.

They offer several types of tea (which come in individual french press teapots - so everybody doesn't have to get the same kind), as well as a three-item dessert menu (which features Tempura Twinkies - I can't even beging to count the carbs on something like that!!!), mango sorbet, and something called "The Tao of Chocolate". They offer white or brown rice with meals as well.

All in all, the food was *very* tasty. The service was
really snappy, with drinks refilled many times and everybody asking how things were (which I usually find somewhat irritating, but here it kind of fit).

Full bar, live entertainment on some nights. Decor is somewhat trendy, with wait staff in black t-shirts & jeans. I saw lots of bags going out the door, so I assume they also do takeout.

I found it a very good place. No "traditional" asian
dishes, but very clean and courteous staff. If I want
"traditional" I'll go to the SGV.

YMMV. Cid.

Link: http://www.ziings.com

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