I halfheartedly agreed to try this place after disappointing meals at two other "Chinese"-American restaurants when we moved to town. To my surprise, the flavors were bright, the textures were right, the service was competent and friendly. The hot and sour soup is actually both hot AND sour, unlike others around the Belt. The ma po tofu is hot and red and redolent of Sichuan peppercorn. The beef served with snow peas has been masterfully "velvet" blanched, a finer point of Chinese technique that delivers meltingly tender meat. General Tso is ably represented here with crispy, sweet-hot saucy bits of chicken, not mucked up with a lot of vegetables. What vegetables there are, both as garnish and in the center of the plate, are crispy and tender and wonderfully seasoned with wok hei and à point sauces. The jalapeño beef is spectacular. Rich pure flavors and crispy tender textures. Peppers that are almost too hot. The server remembers us because we eat rice from our empty soup bowls with chopsticks.
The moon-gate interior is a little too elegant for me; I'm a believer in the Law of Chinese Restaurant Décor -- "the more décor, the worse the food." Luckily, in this case the food beats the odds. This is the best Chinese food in town, hands down, at reasonable prices, and ably served with a smile.
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