Met a friend here on a recent Saturday to gab and get our grub on. We were seated fairly quickly, especially given that there seemed to be something like five large family functions going on here all at once. Every time I looked up there was another group of people coming in with wrapped gifts, dressed in party finery. I thought we'd have to wait a while for service as well, but this too was pretty prompt. However, our server seemed confused by some of our inquiries. I'm allergic to shellfish and mushrooms, and have to be careful when ordering Chinese. I know this can be dicey in a busy place like this, and as accommodating as most places are, I try to look at the menu online before I go so that I don't have to burden my server with lots of questions. Still, the few questions we had for clarification on a couple of menu items were mostly met with a blank stare. The other odd thing about this place - and about where we happened to be seated - was that we were very close to the doors to the kitchen. I witnessed some pretty gnarly collisions between wait staff, and some nerve-racking near misses. All in all the food was good, however, and I'll go again, though I'll be sure to order only what I know, and request a seat away from the swinging kitchen doors.
We love this place when entertaining visitors from out of town. We usually ask them if the have been to a Panda Express and if they have we tell them, "This was the original one!" Of course, when we get there they realize we were kidding and are blown away by the variety and complexity of each dish. The Honey Walnut Shrimp is to die for and the Lettuce Wrap is excellent. We have never been disappointed by anything new we have tried, and, that is unusual in a Chinese restaurant. The bar is fun because of the bartender who actually talks to you if you are waiting for a table. They drinks are well made with the good stuff. We will usually take something home with us because we order more than we should, but, it's hard to decide on just 2 items per person! :o) This is one place I would recommend reservations for dinner or for Sunday Brunch. I've made myself hungry just writing about this place... "Hey, hon, let's go grab a bite to eat!"
I wanted to like this place but came away disappointed. I will rate items individually: 1) parking lot in the back $5 per entry weekend — 4 2) service and atmosphere — 4. Can be really loud and has a huge large screen tv placing sports. Service is excellent. 3) speed — 3. Ordered 9 items and each one came out one at a time. Took 45 mins to get all our food. 5 mins between each dish 4) food — 3. Good: veg bean curd wrap, minced chicken bun and tofu with abalone sauce. Bad: Mapo tofu has shrimp dumpling, cumin and very salty. Chicken feet lacked flavor and served on a bed of peanuts in soy sauce. Veg dumpling looked home made but did not taste good. Shrimp dumpling cost 5.88 for four large ones. Taste was not bad but really large. To me dim sum is suppose to be bite size and not two mouths full. 5) cost — 3 because we paid $61 for 9 items at lunch for 2 adults and a child