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“Great food & great value”
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Green Island
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Great chinese food with great prices. Can wait to go again and try more dishes. Also the ice with fruit dessert is epic!

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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Drove to temple city to take my daughter and family out for a early diner, Arrived around 5pm and our party of six was seated at a large round table along the left side.. Ordered six different dishes so we could all try something different. To be fair the food was not bad, but the service was terrible. After spending approx 30 minutes eating the waitress returned and started picking up the half full dishes from in front us and carried them off. When we complained she returned the dishes to the table and stormed off. As we fished our meal the waitress handed me our bill which i placed on the table next to me while we talked.{ total time in the rest. at this point was approx. 45 minutes} While i was talking to a family member the waitress returned to the table and picked up the bill, walked around the table and now handed the bill to my wife, telling her that they had a large group arriving at 6pm and that we needed to pay now!.. Having overheard just the last bit of the waitress statement i told her we would pay when we were ready to leave and not before. In broken English the waitress told the table" NO, YOU LEAVE NOW" and walked away. Never in my life have i been treated this bad in a restaurant, And never have i taken the time to leave a review. I am a 60 year old white male, My wife a 50 year old hispanic, with a well to do mixed family.

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Reviewed 8 June 2009

I'm here for the sizzling eel fried rice..yum yum!

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Reviewed 28 December 2008

Great food, parking (big public parking lot- but slightly hard to navigate), and location (close to Arcadia, and if you go directly down you'll be at the 10 freeway)! A pretty new restaurant- opened for about 2 months as of right now. We have went there several times and here are some of our insights.
The interior is awesome. Very modern, and also extremely large, with lots of wood, granite, and tile. I think it was a hobby shop before, and now it is this! You can see through the kitchen which is very cool- you can see the woks on fire, the drinks cooking in huge vats, steamers, stir fry actions, cutting area, a griddle, a skewer grill, and more! It's great to take photos of. In addition, if you are coming from the back, you will see a drink area, and the first thing you see are some extremely large tables with clear beads from the ceiling surrounding it. So cool! However, the coolest part of the restaurant is on the right (if you are coming from the parking lot), where there are booster tables with red foam on top which have hidden speakers! Each table has a LCD tv (viewsonic) which shows sports or TVB. This feature probably is very expensive so if you can get a table there. You also get more privacy as the seatbacks are very high.
On the food, there is a "business" lunch that happens at lunch. This means you get a lunch menu which is discounted, and you also get a free drink which can range from simple chinese tea to a Prunella Vulgarise, Chrysanthemum Tea, and milktea/ ice lemon tea. The only unfortunate part is that you can one refill, but sometimes when business isn't that good they give you more refills. We once got 4 refills (we love iced lemon tea).
Food here isn't extra oily. We just came back from Las Vegas and when we ate here it was so different from the disgusting pan-asian place we ate which used so much butter! Very flavorful, and everytime we leave we smell like onions, garlic, and soy sauce...that is how intense the flavor is!
One of the items you just have to get is their fried rice. It's not a traditional fried rice that is already made for you. Instead, they make it at the table. Our most recent experience was eel fried rice. In a screaming hot cast iron pan, they had eel on the bottom, and steamed rice with some mixed veggies on top. The waiter/waitress then stirred everything together using 2 spoons, and the outcome looks very different from the start. I do have a video of the cooking and I'll post it up when this listing gets approved. Anyway, due to the hot pan, some of the rice gets stuck, which makes a crisp and flavorful crust which tastes great if you don't leave the rice alone too long (or else it burns). The soy sauce is slightly sweet which makes the fried rice taste very good, and the eel (or the pork) adds more salty flavor which is great.
Curry dishes should also be ordered. The lobster curry, which is about 14 dollars, is a great deal, and the lobster tastes very good as it is cut into pieces and is fried slightly- like how green onion and ginger lobster tastes like at other restaurants. The curry is flavorful, and there is lots of coconut milk. However, it is not thick like your typical curry. Tastes good with rice though. They also add some potato to the curry which is also again fried. Chicken curry for regular time is served in a stone pot which is also very hot, and the chicken has bones, so be careful. Fishball curry is about the same, but with fishballs, and the curry tastes not as spicy.
Stone pot dishes like chicken with mushroom are also pretty flavorful. They use lots of green onion which tastes great.
We also like the fried rice noodle which is not oily and is lightly flavored with some soy sauce, chives, onions, and pieces of fishballs.
The only bad dish we have eaten would have been the shanghai rice cakes that are sauteed. After all, you are at a HK style restaurant, so don't expect them to do that well- the rice cake was too chewy, which meant it was undercooked. Beef noodle soup would be second as the serving was really small, but it tasted good- pretty light but beefy and the noodles were fresh, but slightly overcooked. The chili with a shrimp filling (if I remember correctly) was pretty spicy and was a pretty small serving for 6.50, so be careful if you don't like spicy foods.
Service is okay. Sometimes it's pretty good, especially at times where there aren't many customers. One of the male servers is very friendly and helpful when refilling things and sometimes talks to us.
Overall a great restaurant! We'll be back.

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