While taking a break from the hustle of shopping here at Westfarms, and in the mood for Chinese, we have discovered P. F. Changs, a recent addition to the restaurant offerings here.
We have eaten here numerous times, having both lunch and dinner here.
For what you get for lunch, lunch is a bargain. Lunch traditions were recently offered at less than 10 dollars. One gets a lunch bowl with a bed of either brown or white rice, and a choice of egg drop or hot and sour soup. Order the tea to drink and you’re out of there with tip for about $14 per person. I had the Sesame chicken over brown rice. This dish was substantial, the meat tender, and the sauce both tangy and spicy. I also sampled the Asian grilled salmon, tender and nicely grilled flavor. Portions are substantial.
For dinner, there is a wider range of food. We typically dine here after a long day of shopping and find the atmosphere to be very comfortable and inviting. One can opt for the four-course meal for two for less than $20 per person, or order a la carte. Of what I sampled, the hot and sour soup is a standout. It is meaty, chunky, with plenty of hot and sour spice to it. It was chilly out side so this hit the spot. A standout among the appetizers is the Lettuce Wraps with chicken; the menu stresses that this appetizer gets split if you order the special- a good thing since the portion is huge. We also tried the spring rolls and the dumplings, which were also fine.
Among the entrees, I liked the Mongolian Beef with its moderately smoky taste, its lean, tender slices, and its scallions and sauce. I sampled the crispy honey shrimp, which were crispy as advertised, but I was less than enthused over the orange peel beef. Although the sauce was fantastic- strong orange rind and peppery kick- the meat itself was somewhat gristly and fatty. A better cut of beef would make this dish a clear winner.
We ordered and split the banana spring rolls- a very substantial dessert that came with a huge scoop of coconut pineapple ice cream. Even if one orders this dessert al la carte, it should be split- it’s simply too much for one person to eat. It’s worth the extra 95 cents per person. It’s a standout dessert.
Wine is a bit pricy here by the glass and by the bottle for what is a chain restaurant. Some wines cost $11 a glass, which seems steep. After dinner, nothing beats the sweet ginger peach tea.
Overall, this is a nice addition to the restaurant scene at Westfarms Mall.
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