Lee How Fook Tea House
219 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 923-4191
Phone: (215) 829-1500
Fax Number: (215) 923-4191
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Chinese
Alcohol: Yes, No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
08/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have never written a review before , but the food and service were sooo disappointing I felt compelled to join Citysearch and write this review. The food was exceedingly bland and flavorless. I had the beef sate with chinese broccholi which was advertised as spicy. Not only wasn't it spicy but the sauce had no flavor at all let alone spice or sate. The spring roll was doughy with limp(not crisp) veggies and bland. The duck abalone soup was the only part of the meal that had some slight flavor. My companions had the duck with vegetables over rice which looked very dry, and the vegetables had a burned oily flavor. Another had the pork over rice which was salty but otherwise underseasoned as well. We waited about 15-20 minutes before our order was taken, and the wait for the check was long as well. The appetizers and entrees all arrived at the same time. I've had better Chinese food from food carts. My least satisfying meal in Chinatown, and I eat out alot all over the country.
11/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've never written a review before but this restaurant made me write my first review. I had gut feeling as soon as I got into the restaurant that this would be bad. My boyfriend and I were seated in a while even if there were seats available. Service was very slow compared to the one in other restaurants in China town. Speaking of food....nothing to say about. My boyfriend ordered duck with vegetables which was covered with random sauce and had no flavor. Vegetables were like just out of a freezer, no taste, no flavor, no texture. Duck was very smelly and too chewy. I had the infamous hot pot of abalone and chicken. No flavor again.....abalone was not real one. It was fake abalone. So bad. And we got to pay over $25 for the two BAD dishes. Don't waste your money and time.
10/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Hadn't been back to Lee How Fook in a while and I wanted to introduce my partner to the place. I have fond memories of it from several years ago. The food was not bad and the had fixed it up inside. The problem was we got treated like trash. For the life of us we could not figure out why (although of course there's practically never a justification). We came in and got seated. Two other tables got seated at the same time. Each of the two other tables immediately got water and tea. We sat there and sat there. Someone came to take our order. They left. We had to flag them back down to ask for water and tea. When it came back, I asked for a Sprite. A can was then dumped on the table. We sat for another few minutes before we could again flag our server to ask for a glass with ice and a straw. And it's not like he was the only server. There were three servers in a place that is not much bigger than your living room. Our food was served. No rice. Everything time we asked for something that should have been given to us, the server's manner was extremely brusque. No apologies, even though we continued to be extremely polite. It seemed like the only people who got treated well were the ones who brought alcohol into the place, which makes no sense b/c it's BYOB so they're not even buying it from the restuarant!! I have absolutely no interest in going back to a place like that if they don't want my business for some unknown reason. Shaio Lan Kung is much better anyway.
08/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am completely mystified by all the great reviews of this restaurant. I took a small group there for what I thought would be a great authentic chinese meal.
I had my doubts as soon as we walked in the door. It looked dirty and no one was in there. The food was nothing special and when I went into the bathroom to wash my hands a r oach, yes a r oach, fell on my head!
Never ever ever again!!!
12/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Attentive service, friendly atmosphere and fresh ingredients provide a good starting point. BYOB is a drawing card as are the moderate prices. A few changes would be needed to get me to return. The quartz spotlighting is a bit harsh. The entrees while attentively prepared are on the ordinary (American style Chinese) side spice wise and presentation was average. And who can eat with plastic chopsticks from the small 6 inch plate? The biggest disappointment was the ""beef steak in Chinese Style"" where the beef was so fatty that most of it was not really edible. On the plus side, the ""Seafood and bean curd hotpot"" served up generous portions of seafood all obviously fresh and well prepared.
10/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Lee How Fook with high expectations (based on the reviews) but left very disappointed. I've been to hundreds of Chinese restaurants throughout the country, including those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. I went on a weekday evening. Service was pleasant and the decor was average. I asked the server for recommendations, and she suggested the hot & sour soup and chicken & asparagus hotpot chef's special. The soup feeds 2-4 (no single servings). When it arrived, I was initially very excited. However, it turned out to be neither hot (spicy) nor sour. I hoped the entree would lift my spirits, but alas, like the soup, it disappointed. The aroma was delicious, but tasted like a very hot chicken & asparagus in (bland) garlic sauce. I paid my tab and declined to take the leftovers home. A decidedly average meal.
06/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Very authentic food....the Wonton soup was awesome and so are the hot pots....service is a bit lacking since there only seemed to be one server there....but we sat next to a couple who have been eating here for the last 37 years...I can see why. I wish I lived in Philadelphia! :-)
06/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I met in China and we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner at a chinese restaurant. We tried many restaurants before realizing that Lee How Fook did banquets. I reserved the date and was a little unsure about how the small restaurant with the back alley entrance would go over with our out-of-town guests. In the end it was wonderful, the food was fantastic, the service was excellent. I was really impressed with how the staff handled our event, they let me drop off the liquor a few days before. The cost of the event was extremely cheap given the quality of the food and service. This ended up being my favorite night out of our wedding weekend thanks to the staff at this restaurant.