The neighborhood here isn't all that fancy, but I'd say it's worth going out of your way for it you want the older grand-style Chinese restaurant. The dining area is larger than what the parking lot leads you to believe. So if the small parking lot in front is full, park in front of the closed business next door, which essentially could be the same parking lot. Please do not think the restaurant is over-crowded/full just because their own lot is full, so be sure to go in and check. Decor is old grand style, very busy with lots of stuff, including a large Buddha statue. Tabletops are glass over the old style Zodiac place mats over a tablecloth. They offer carry-out and dine-in, no buffet. Very large menu, with the "per person" group dinners, and entrees. Beer, wine, and liquor are served. There was at least one of those large round tables with the lazy-susan in the middle. The men's room didn't quite live up to the decor up front, but they were very busy, so I cut them some slack in the rating. Food is served on a serving plate, not the plate you eat off of, with large serving spoons, to facilitate sharing. Rice came in a separate covered stainless steel bowl. Portion size seemed large. The fried rice seemed Southern China/Cantonese/Hong Kong style. I had the black (sh!take) mushrooms and vegetables entree. It was served over a ring of thin orange slices. Delicious. I ate most of the orange slices. The vegetables were very fresh, and cooked with just the right amount of crispness left in them. The fortune cookie was also served with a couple of fresh orange slices. Hostess and waitress were very professional, efficient and quick. A couple of the waitresses were really cute. Soda and water glasses refilled at just the right times. Papa-san worked the dining room talking to customers, and helped bus tables.
First time visiting this restaurant and the experience was wonderful. Our visit to the restaurant was notable because of the clean establishment and exceptionally friendly service. Our take out order of over 7 different entrees was completed in a timely manner, and the lady who was taking care of our order threw in a few specials (like soups and an entire order of General Tso's), that we didn't even know about, for free! When we got home and opened our dishes we were incredibly impressed! The food was hot and obviously prepared fresh! The fried rice was cooked well and did not have that strange oily taste that is sometimes accompanied with this dish. The chicken was juicy and actually tasted like chicken, the beef and broccoli was tender with fresh steamed broccoli, and the shrimp dishes featured large, perfectly cooked shrimp. No strange, chewy, "mystery" meats or un-welcomed seasonings in any of our dishes! We were VERY satisfied and can't wait to enjoy them again!
They have a Chinese cuisine section on their menu, but I've only ordered Vietnamese food here. Excellent pho and bun dishes. The goi rolls and peanut sauce are great too. Friendly wait staff. Ambience is not quite as high end as some other Vietnamese restaurants, but I think the food and prices are as good and make this a worthwhile trip. This is the Vietnamese "go-to" place in NW Indy. It's the only Vietnamese restaurant in the NW quadrant (North of 46th Street, and West of Meridian.) If you're a fan of Vietnamese food, this place merits your patronage, and deserves to be busier. Please talk it up to your friends in NW Marion County if they like Asian cuisine.