surprisingly good authentic chinese food in midtown
I have become a regular since my last review on this establishment, and it really pays to become a regular at this place. One of the perks is I am constantly awarded with some little dishes (so yummy!) from the lady manager's own dining table. :-) I've never been treated like a family member at a restaurant b/4 my experience at HB. Anyway, I visited the restaurant again this weekend because the lady manager told us a few wks back that they would be putting out a new signature dish from Shanghai area called Lion's Head in white source. Hmm, I had eaten Lion's head in Joe's Shanghai, and a couple of other restaurants specialized in Shanghai cuisine. Be honest, I was not impressed with this so called Lion's head dish at all, though, it's supposed to be one of the famous dishes from Shanghai area. But, the Lion's heads I'd tried b/4 all came in dark brown sources. So I decided to give this Lion's head in white source a try(lady manager is foodie herself, as a foodie myself, I trust another foodie's recommendation). The Lion's head was actually a dish of 4 oversized pork meatballs braised in a white source & served over a bed of greens. The meatballs were very tender and flavorful. The source was broth like and so delicious(I drank every bit of it at the end). It was well worth the $14.95 I spent on this dish. The lady manager told me that it took her head chef about 4 hrs to prepare this dish, so I instantly killed the idea to learn to make it at home. I guess I will have to come back soon to HB for another tasting of the Lion's head ( so visually cruel, imagine eating a lion's head, but so bloody delicious!).
I feel so sorry for the reviewer below who had a such a bad experience at HB since my experience with HB has been so different. I have to say I've never dined at HB during lunch time(always go there for dinner when I am in the city). The staffs have been friendly to me. So far I haven't had any cockroach encounter experience. The place seems decent to me in terms of cleanliness.
As far as the"" tasteless paintings"", I've learned that is actually the lady manager's way to help some of her aspiring artist friends by providing them a public space at free of charge to display their artworks. I have to say most of the paintings are not to my taste, but I do appreciate the warm-heartedness behind them.
This restaurant serves great Cantonese & Sichuan cookings. I've eaten there quite a few times and I absolutely love their food. One of my favorite dishes from this restaurant is their steamed stripe bass. If you like your seafood fresh, tender, and flavorful, this is the dish you must try. Another dish i would recommend is the Sichuan Beef w/ dried chili pepper sauce. To enjoy this dish, you have to like spicy food! I definitely would go back. Maybe next time I would go for the steamed flounder... yum yum :-) Last but not the least; I am just glad that for authentic Chinese food, I don't have to go to those crammed restaurants in Chinatown anymore!