As a frequent business visitor to China, I can vouch that Cynthia's is like the Mandarin in its appearance shtick. The supposed authentic clothing is not even close to old Cantonese (which the food is). The place is however successful in fulfilling an unrealistic North American view of what an authentic Chinese restaurant would look like. I have eaten in many, many restaurants all over China, and none wear the clothing or have the appearance of Cynthia's.
O.K. Now that I got that off my chest. I want to repeat what I said above, that Cynthia's is "successful in fulfilling an unrealistic North American view of what an authentic Chinese restaurant would look like." This was obvious by the full house when I was there. My guest was a Chinese-born immigrant. He was the only Chinese patron in the place. All the patrons in the place looked very happy.
The reason my business associate and I were very happy was because the food was GREAT and what we ordered was authentic Cantonese. Having Tsingtao beer was also great. Although significant parts of the menu are North American (from drinks to desserts), the main dishes we enjoyed were genuinely Cantonese.
Highly recommend the food. If you like the Mandarin, you should love Cynthia's.
I will go again for the food.
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