It's not often I go out to eat Chinese food, but when I do, I usually go to Sam's Chinese Restaurant in Central El Paso. It's one of my favorites. When I heard the head chef and owner of Sam's Chinese Restaurant was opening an eatery on the East Side. I decided to check it out. On a recent Tuesday evening during Spring Break, my family and I had dinner at the new restaurant, Mei's Kitchen. Though small, it is very warm and welcoming. Also very sanitary and clean (something I always look for). The stall are exceptional. Our waitress brought our drinks quickly and suggested appetizers and entrees that were delicious. Everything was also very inexpensive. Not one dish was over $10. The menu is divided into soups, appetizers, salads, rice/noodles, etc. My family and I began our evening with 2 Avocado Rolls ($3.50) and their Vegetarian Egg Roll ($2.35) Everyone loved it. We then ordered a sesame chicken ($7.25), a Mei's Spicy Chicken ($6.95) and a Pan-Fried Noodles ($7.25) to share. The sesame chicken was breaded and fried chicken pieces w/ sesame and vegetables. The Mei's Spicy Chicken is crispy nuggets of chicken with vegetables in a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce. My husband thought the sauce would be great on ribs and saved it to bring home. Both dishes were served with steamed white rice. It was just delicious. The Pan-Fried noodles had lots of giant shrimps, broccoli, snow peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms and other vegetables served on crispy noodles. What a winning entree ! I really recommend you go there. You won't regret it. Oh, on the way out I saw their lunch special banner. It included an entree w/ rice and the soup of the day for only $4.25. you can bet I'll be back for lunch another day.
Just walking in, you already know this is going to be a pleasant experience. As you are warmly greeted, you cannot help but to look up at the beautiful lighting and then drawn to the elegance of the room. No sitting on uncomfortable lumpy booths or hard wooden chairs here people. If you are expecting that, there may be an Applebees or Denny's near by. The ambiance is so perfect. And the MENU - "finally" a different choice of foods. You will still find your favorites, but be prepared to be swept away by their other dishes. You must try the "Ocean Platter". So So delicious. The Prices! What a deal! Lunch menu is at the $5.95 range and their sensational dinner menu, you can't beat those prices. The dinner entree's start at $6.95 and the most expensive item is maybe in the $9.00 range and that is for some really fun tasting exotic food. It was and is a great experience and I can't get enough of it. It is so delicious (and don't forget the healthy veggies) that I'm even eating dishes that I thought I would have ever even tried before. It is just as good as it is described on the menu. But "DRIVER BEWARE", it is very easy to drive rignt on past it and never knew you did. I'm from El Paso and I have even had to make a few U-turns now and then. Just look for the "Surgical Eye Center" and right next door is China Star. There is a very thick tall welded black fence between the two, and if you're not aware, you will pass it without even knowing you were there. Believe me, you will not be disappointed! The China Star Bistro is the Best in our lower Northeast and Dyer community and possibly the best I've tasted in El Paso!
I love this restaurant because I loved Moon Day. In my opinion turning it into a fast food/diner-kinda place depreciates the experience. The menu is the same, kinda, today I ordered the spicy crispy shrimp, one of my fave's and for the first time it was drowning in sauce, not my fave part obviously, i was given peanuts instead of the requested cashew (yuk) and the silverware was momentarily unavailable until we were told by the manager/owner that we could go ahead and grab them from one of the stations (pointing to several corners of the restaurant) where they were located, although they were out prior to his directing us to them, instead of how Moon Day's always gracious waitresses were available to greet, serve and attend to each customer. Anyway, gone be the days. I enjoy eating out because of the experience, resting from my own kitchen and I expect those days may be gone soon as well. Still love the cook, she's fabulous, it is just my opinion that the mystique, aka: charm, of the "moon day" experience better flattered her cuisine.