This is my second review of Tai Li restaurant. My family really likes their style of food, different flavors, fun dishes and the great service. The restaurant has changed the decor since Chinese New Year. The tables have white tablecloth with crisp green fabric overlay and the green cloth napkins are shaped for each place setting. The interior dining room is comfortable and inviting with plenty of room to just relax and enjoy a nice meal. The waiters are friendly and they really care about making sure you are happy. Now for the food: Enjoy a nice hot bowl of Wonton Soup or Egg Drop Soup... they are fantastic. The crab puffs have small lumps of crab meat, perfect for a simple appetizer before meals. The Sparks Chicken is an enjoyably different dish... not the traditional flavors but its covered in a rich broth gravy and cooked just to the point of tenderness. I ordered the Two Treasures in a Nest... a different take on traditional "Chinese" food, it is served in a fried potato nest. The chicken and shrimp were nicely prepared and I found myself enjoying the whole combination. The flavor is mildly spicy and not typical Chinese fare... an enjoyable Asian sauce that may originate from some remote part of China... possibly an acquired taste, but it only took a few minutes for the spices to blend and the textures to dance. It is highly recommended if your looking for something a little different. Orange Beef was juicy and well seasoned, with a rich orange sauce. Tai Li is definitely worth trying and is a great restaurant for friends and family. Prices are very reasonable. Four adults can eat well for only $40.00 + tip. You will want to leave a tip because the waiters are so nice and helpful. Ask questions... they KNOW the dishes and can have the chef make a dish to your enjoyment if you ask. My only criticisms are these: White rice, while inexpensive and traditional, just doesn't do it for me as a meal component. China has some excellent wild rices and local rices. Perhaps making a blend of white and wild (or local) rices from China would add some nice texture and uniqueness. It's something no other restaurant is doing and it would help add to the colorful dishes. Also, traditional fortune cookies after dinner are overdone. Every Chinese restaurant has fortune cookies... a nice touch but fully expected, not unussual in the least. Perhaps making some simple, bite-sized sweetened rice cakes for serving after dinner would be a wonderful suprise. With a little color and thought... it could make a nice send-off treat for your guests. Lastly, please paint the front entrance. A nice golden tan or some warm colors in the entryway will make the whole restaurant seem more cozy and inviting. This was a long review... but let me sum it up by saying this restaurant is well worth experiencing.
Cafe East has a great selection of Chinese food on the buffet. Some things are really good, others are just fair... but you can't argue with the selection. First the good. The fried, breaded sweet bean paste balls are very good. Most of their fried foods are well made, including the wontons, egg rolls and spring rolls and fried chicken. The soups are well made... not the best but still pretty good. On the bar, the fried rice and lo-mein are ok. Some entree dishes are the same things you'd normally expect, not really outstanding but good. There is so much selection that you will definitely find some things to make you happy. The sushi really needs some help. California rolls are good, but their traditional sushi tastes a little like sour milk. Instead of having a fresh sushi aroma and flavor... it tastes like they soaked the fish in soured milk to remove the fishy flavor. Whatever is the problem, either get it right or stop calling it sushi. Anyone who knows better wouldn't eat their traditional sushi. That's a shame, because that is a nice feature of their buffet. Just a little extra effort and it could be a selling point to attract more customers. The restaurant decor is nice, very good for family gatherings, business lunches or friends having dinner together. Dining area is nicely decorated and seating is comfortable. I like eating here and bringing my family for the buffet. There is something for everyone, even if you don't like traditional chinese... and prices are low. Definite recommend. A little extra effort on food quality (particularly the sushi) and they could get a four star rating.
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