I absolutely love China Bear. It is an inexpensive buffet that really is your money's worth. The exterior of the place is fascinating. There's beautiful koi fish everywhere. Who ever bred them did an absolute wonderful job because there are over hundreds and they're all beautiful. Now onto the gift shop... They sell little knick knacks from jewelry to beautiful wooden structures. Granted it's not the best quality gift shop, but what do you expect. They're always interested finds like little crystals, chinese robs, and nice paintings. And lastly they're bamboo plants and bonsai plants are one of the best quality ones I can find in all of Houston. They're inexpensive and yet nicely grown and groomed. Every time I go I'm urged to buy another one lol. This restaurant is huge and so if their buffet options. They have lots of foods, from sushi, stir fry, crawfish, and now oysters. I went the other day and they're oysters were literally the biggest oysters I have ever seen. The food I personally think is delicious. It's not fancy, creative, and gourmet, but it's good, homey food. They have delicious mac n' cheese, green beans, fish, and more. People just need to understand that this isn't meant to be a five star restaurant. it's meant to be a family styled buffet that offers a bang for your buck. For less than twenty dollars per person, everyone is full and happy. There's even ice cream and desserts. China Bear is worth it and delicious, and I will stand by it forever because not only are my children and husband happy, my wallet is. Now the only cons I would say is the service. Most are Asian and cannot speak English very well, but all they do is give you your drink and occasionally fill it up. The food is all self- served, so I personally don't think their service is anything to cry about.
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You did it, didn't you? What are you(to myself) talking about? I am thankful about those who raised and protected me. "It's my time." I am at parentplus status. I know I nEEd to !!!!!plan!!!!! my "locked time" and then, no it's just and, my "eating variety time" and my "parental rights, not parental duties". Review this restaurant, right?! Yeah, other people do plan about others' plan. Copying might be faster, but some might be "thinking about the younger", to "ensure many productive, not many not always productive, quality thinking with long term productivity". "less use words of alot? abundant!" I am two tildeS, one above the other, 4 fEEt and 6.5 inches tall. "SwEEt sabotage on Sundays lunchtimes", thanks. " "Better than nothing" hot tea" to "create parentplus chickens parts bones soup!!!!!s!!!!!". "Some chinese onion spice,"Pinch" of salt,"Not Sundays sabotage" " are the times to at least try your best(and to myself) to finish "my better than nothing, better than good AHplus AHplus, parentplus cows internals parts credits to kEEp my parentplus head", "get your own." My past and present for now residences are Hong Kong, Houston, Meadows Place, Sugarland(Townwest) and visited other places. 12/15/2009 11:57AM
I am in agreement with other reviewers on several recurring issues including the service which can be slow, and the high prices for small portions of food prepared competently yet without real inspiration. The menu itself is also somewhat limited in choices, particulalry for dinner. Executive Chef Ryan Pera is the inspiration behind the kitchen of The Grove. One of the best times to visit the restaurant is during its famed Sunday Brunch. It is when the natural lighting is at its best and is perfect for a front seat to the weekend festivities downtown. The restaurant offers a variety of creative spirits that set the mood for an urban relaxed lunch. One of the only places in Houston to offer a Clear Spicy Bloody Mary, The Grove has recently added a Banana Margarita to its drink list, which includes herradura silver tequila and coconut crunch, accentuating a fruity kick to brunch. A word of advice –be sure to use the restaurant’s convenient and fast valet parking services when downtown is busy. Parking in and around the park can often be hard, if not impossible, to find, depending on the festivities going on at the time.