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Washington Avenue - Memorial Park, Central Houston, Washington Ave - Memorial Park
Chinese Restaurants, Vietnamese Restaurants, Mongolian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese, Pan Asian

Price Range : Below Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
great food, trendy atmosphere

Mak Chin's has changed since I first visited nearly two years ago. It use to be order at the counter, sit down restaurant, but now it is a regular seated and be waited on restaurant. The prices are a little steep, but food is delish! I love the bacon wrapped spring rolls, and the citrus glazed shrimp is to die for! small portion, but excellent and tasty. would highly recommend, nice ambiance......



Provided by Citysearch - 
LOVE IT! Our new Happy Hour Home! Great Job, drinks, food, prices :)

We stopped in the chic bar/lounge area for Happy Hour there last week, and I was SO impressed! The HH menu is an assortment gourmet appetizers - the ribs were delicious ($2.95!), the calamari, and the tuna tartar. But the best part was the bartender, Nathan, and his AMAZING selection of creative and DELICIOUS martinis! I am in love with the green tea liqueur one (forgot what else he uses), but all of the ones I tasted were so original and SO YUMMY! And our food came out almost immediately. I think I might go there tonight, my mouth is watering!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A service disaster

Went in for lunch at 12:00, ordered one of the bento combinations and 3 dumplings. The restaurant was less than half full, but the kitchen was in complete disarray, scrambling and sniping. Dumplings came out in 20 minutes, the main course much MUCH later - several other customers had arrived, ordered and received. Got the check at 1:15.

Vegetable dumplings were ghastly, not even pinched together. Main courses were adequate; Think Chinese soft taco. Overall food quality has dropped dramatically since my last visit several months ago, and they've removed the condiment bar.

But most importantly, any restaurant that can't turn around a lunch menu in less than an hour, let alone when one-third occupied, is in serious trouble. Needs a serious dose of Gordon Ramsay foot-in-the-arse.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Aromatic and great food.

Nice simple menu. Great tasting food with different degrees of spice and aroma. We ate in the restaurant area where service was average.

Good price/quality ratio.

Will go again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food. disappointing service

I have been to Mak Chins several times. It is true that the service is usually lacking and sometimes terrible. I have met friends there for happy hour and appetizers and the food was great. It is perfect on a nice night for sitting on the patio and ordering a few appetizers and splitting one or two entrees with friends. Their cocktails are inventive and refreshing- even if they are a little pricey (sometimes around $8). I do really like the place but as a service industry person for 12+ years the service delays can be very frustrating. Note to management: when a waiter is assigned a section they should plan on being attentive to each of their tables. Showing up once twenty minutes after food is served is never sufficient.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Should have known better, Very Disappointing

I'm not one who typically reads the negative reviews for restaurants and assumes they are correct. Things happen, some people have very unreasonable expectations, others are just having a bad day and are impossible to please. It is for that reason why I overlooked the two negative reviews for Mak Chins, the other 14 people couldn't all be wrong. However, I'm actually pretty disappointed with the evening. I had never tried Mak Chins, and invited 5 other friends to join me for dinner after work (about 8pm), I never imagined such a disappointing evening would ensue. Our waiter was no where to be found, and consequently a very nice girl took our groups appetizer order, saying the waiter would be by shortly to take our drink order. It wasn't until after the appetizers had been served were we able to get a member of the staff to pull him away from the larger table he was catering to and attend to our needs as well. A multi-tasker he was not. And at that, he proceeded to say he wanted to finish with the other table before he even greeted us. Not a stellar first meeting with him, and things only got worse. We watched him have a conversation on the phone for a bit, all the while continuing to sip our water. All said and done, the food was mediocre at best, the service of the waiter left much to be desired (the busboy, on the other hand, was on his game), and to top it all off, the waiter charged us for the wrong bottle of wine. But what is most frustrating about that is not that it was human error, for when we brought it to his attention, he tried to tell us he gave us the more expensive bottle and it was our error for not clarifying what we wanted, while the (less expensive, long empty) bottle was still sitting in the middle of the table. Only when we pointed this out did he in fact acknowledge that we were charged for the wrong bottle, but served what we ordered. Will I go back? Absolutely not. It wasn't horrible, but definately not worth the time/money.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Later Mak...your food and service are BOTH horrible!!!!

Are you kidding me with the reviews of this place? We started with an order of Chicken Sate which was all dark meat chicken. Who the heck serves dark meat chicken except the cheap places and this place fits that bill. I then ordered a chicken w/ a dry rub served over sticky rice and my partner ordered another chicken dish (which was so so). Mine came in a clay container with a lid that was so hot that I could barely touch it. Uhmmm, couldn't the runner have taken it off? When I finally got the lid off, it was sitting in about 2 inches of GREASE and guess what...MORE DARK MEAT. The runner, who spoke very little English, had no idea what we were saying when we asked if we were supposed to have rice.

Finally our waiter came by and I told him I could not eat the food that had been served to me and he offered something else which ended up being really good. And he brought us both rice.

The unfortunate part is that the Asian man, who appears to be the owner, just stared at us the entire time we ate. Thanks for checking up on us to see if the rest of our meal was good.....NOT! It was so comfortable to eat our meal while the Owner and entire kitchen and wait staff stared at us.

We will never go to this place again. Auntie Changs, Pei Wei and Kam's will win this place over ANY day of the week. Later Mak!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Appetizers, Entrees, Atmosphere

I so look forward to going to Mak Chin's at least once a week. I find it to be a wonderful place to unwind, have a cocktail, relax, and have some quality appetizers and/or entrees. I enjoy dumplings and while Mak Chin's are very different than what I am used to they are wonderful, good, light yet large. The accompanying sauces / relishes are delicious as well. The mussles are delicious as well as the crab puffs, fried rice, any chicken dish. Everything is delicious. The only con would be sometimes the bartender can be in the weeds and it might take longer than you would like for a drink. The relaxing atmoshpere though should keep you comfortable as you wait your turn.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mak Chin's has changed quite a bit

It used to be ""order at the counter"", but recently a consultant suggested they revamp the entire menu. Now Mak Chin's is a sit down experience with more daring fusion food. Be careful of the crab and shrimp dishes, some come with shells still on so ask before you order if that bothers you. Portions are sensible, but smaller than what they used to be. Prices have gone up slightly, but it still is considered a casual restaurant in that range. Best time to stop by is during their ""Happy Hour"" when they put many menu items on special right after work.

I'm not completely sold on the new menu, but it does offer a more serious experience. Before Mak Chin's served solid but simple dishes, and now they use a lot of spice and unusual blendings of many Oriental disciplines. It leans heavily towards Thai, but traces of Japanese and Chinese are there. Look around and you'll find enough to please any palate.

This is still a great neighborhood restaurant, and it is less crowded than the ones around it. There is a nice ambiance and some good value to be had. Try the China Silk house wines - they are affordable and quite good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Downhill Recently

I used to really enjoy Mak Chin's quick, inexpensive lunches. I went today, and the menu is completely different--no lunch menu, no more desserts. What used to cost about $7.00 for an entree, vegetable, soup, and eggroll is now at least $9 for a small plate with no sides. Before, you would order at the counter for lunch and your food would be at the table almost as soon as you sat down. The restaurant was very understaffed today, with only one server and two cooks for the entire lunch area. Very slow service, bad dumplings, and overpriced food.

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