UPDATE (10/20/07) OF PRIOR RATER REVIEW:
Based on other reviews, my wife's "nudging," and for old-time's sake, we gave it a new second chance following their remodeling. Glad we did. It was once again back on top of its game -- a great place for Chinese seafood. Tried a wonderful squid in XO Sauce -- huge plate of baby squid with lots of wonderful sauce. Also had delicious salt-and-pepper prawns and a fish casserole. Finally, we had one of our old favorites -- their giant oysters steamed in black bean sauce -- yummy. Happy to say, it's now back on our recommended list, and we will be back soon.
Had high hopes for this new Greek restaurant in our local neighborhood. But alas, our first (and likely last) visit was extremely disappointing. To begin with, we arrived early on a Friday night (6:15 PM). Despite a nearly empty restaurant, owner/hostess was pretentious about it being a busy night (though she did have a party of 15 which arrived about 45 minutes later); still it was obvious she had only a few other reservations, and many walk-ins came after us and got same attitude. Next disappointment, they were out of their signature dish, braised lamb (that we really wanted even before we got there). How can a Greek Restaurant not have braised lamb (esp. a "signature dish")??? As for the alternative of ordering lamb chops -- way too overpriced at $28 (and when the table next to us ordered it later, we saw they were thinly sliced and appeared overcooked). Next disappointment: the saganaki is not brought out to table and "flamed" (they claim to flame in kitchen - dubious, as no taste of brandy) and no fun. We ordered the roasted Greek chicken and a dish that was described as ground beef and lamb. The latter, were like three small hamburgers and were grossly undercooked (even after we complained and it was brought back to the kitchen for recooking, it was still dangerously raw in the middle). As for the chicken, it was very salty and no "Greek" seasoning could be tasted. Egg Lemon Rice soup that accompanies all entrees, was bland and had almost no lemon taste. Veggie sides were baby june peas that tasted canned. What happened to okra or eggplant as a Greek side (not even available on menu)? The biggest disappointment: despite being the earliest customers to arrive and place our order, our main dishes did not arrive at our table until 7:45 -- 1 1/2 hours after we ordered!!! Outrageous. Highly unlikely we will be back. NOT RECOMMENDED.
Sounded new and interesting, so I gave it a try.
Sorry ... but not my cup of tea.
Don't mind the spartan dine-in facility, but both my wife and I thought it was like eating cafeteria food ... certainly it's served that way. The Laotian dishes were nothing special. I was also bothered by the price for what you get. Sure, it's 'only' $3.99 per entree, but the "entrees" are served in a very tiny bowl ... barely appetizer size. Poor value for $ in my opinion, especially when only a few blocks away is Vietnam town, with some great food at great value (e.g., Tank). Not sorry I tried it, but unfortunately won't be back.
GREAT little neighborhood place. Forget the American food items (hamburgers, etc.), and stick with the Mediterranean/Middle East selections. Soup selections are both warm, filling and delicious -- Lentil everyone recommends; but don't forget the other "Douckua" -- made of barley with meat and a yogurt cream base and seasoned by cardamom. Then don't miss the other Appetizers -- "Boorek" is a little eggroll-like dish stuffed with meat, and Lahmim Beajin is sort of a minipizza (flat, crisp pita dough with seasoned meat on top). For entrees, Shawarma and Kebobs are excellent -- huge plates. Don't expect any ambience dining -- just a small place with a few tables (they do a lot of take-out/delivery business). However, service was very personal, friendly and extremely welcoming. Surprisingly, they even provided us with a couple of fine wine glasses. All in all, excellent and plentiful food, excellent service, very reasonable prices (filled up for 2 on $21, including tax & tip); and BYOB.
Wow, I can't believe we rode our bicycles past this restaurant several times this summer and never noticed it -- and I'm always on the lookout. Anyway, finally found this hidden jewel 50 feet from the Rockwell el station, and we will undoubtedly now be regulars. Nice-size single-entree thin-crust crispy pizzas dominate the small menu -- but they are wonderful. There are also a small number of pasta and risotto entrees, along with chicken Marsala and salmon, that appear well worth trying. We also tried their mussels entree (more like a large appetizer - but that's OK), which was a large bowl filled with great broth -- almost like a mussel soup. On the future must-try list is an octopus for two that is brick-oven roasted with potatoes -- yummy. As for ambience, the place is the perfect size (about 15 tables), with brick walls, perfect romantic lighting, and soft pleasant music. Though some other reviewers on other sites have criticized the service, we found our server Gabriel delightful. And to the credit of the staff, apparently the owner is on vacation in Italy, and the place still ran as smooth as can be. Best of all, prices are very reasonable, and it's BYOB. Obviously, we will be back soon -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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This USED to be our favorite restaurant in China Town. In fact, we were probably one of the original "caucasions" (non-Chinese) to eat at the restaurant when it first opened up many years ago. Always loved the seafood, especially the combo dinners, when it used to include whole lobster, and a shrimp & scallop dish. No longer. Unfortunately, it has gone downhill in recent times. Food no longer seems as fresh, authentic or special. Probably won't go back. NOT RECOMMENDED.
This USED to be our favorite restaurant in China Town. In fact, we were probably one of the original "caucasions" (non-Chinese) to eat at the restaurant when it first opened up many years ago. Always loved the seafood, especially the combo dinners, when it used to include whole lobster, and a shrimp & scallop dish. No longer. Unfortunately, it has gone downhill in recent times. Food no longer seems as fresh, authentic or special. Probably won't go back.