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“What a suprise!”
Review of Tina Louise

Tina Louise
Ranked #7 of 40 Restaurants in Carlstadt
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Smaller and more intimate Chinese restaurant. We found this local neighborhood restaurant Some of the best authentic Chinese food, great ambiance, and service. As they say "go where the locals go".

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Thank Jeffrey M
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

You won't be disappointed at this quaint restaurant. My wife and I like to order a bunch of appetizers and enjoy a nice bottle of wine at this BYO. Enjoy.

Thank Marc C
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Tina Louise is a great experience. The restaurant is tiny and always full. The food is always exceptional. If you call a day ahead you can order Peking Duck which is worth the wait. The Noodles in Spicy Sauce make a great appetizer. We also had the Triple Crown special which was a concoction of beef, chicken and shrimp mixed with vegetables and we had Crispy Shrimp in spicy Sauce which included the best scallops I've ever tasted. Make reservations if you decide to go though!

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Thank fheagle
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

A small, cozy, brick wall and copper ceiling space with no view to speak of, but there doesn't need to be a view. The atmosphere, food and service keep you focused on your company and the meal. You will likely be greeted by Louise, the hostess that has never failed in being warm and inviting in all the years we have visited this BYOB venue.

A complimentary slaw of cabbage, hot peppers and sesame seeds is typically served before the meal. Appetizers are good (crab roll, dumplings, etc.) with the slightly chewy scallion pancakes being one of my favorites. None of the appetizers quite capture the imagination like the swordfish dumplings at Taos, one of their affiliated restaurants one town over. But, the atmosphere is less juvenille here without the bar scene.

Most entrees are priced in the $10-$15 range and served with rice. If vegetables are not explicitly mentioned in the dish description, then don't expect any. Dishes such as sesame chicken that are traditionally (in American Chinese) served with broccoli come only with a single raw veggie sculpture (carrot, radish or squash). Still, the entrees shine and are beautifully presented. I still can't decide whether they look better or taste better.

Tonight, I opted for one of the specials, Taos chicken and shrimp that was perfectly fried and tender. I was expecting a spicy dish though this mild version was delectable nonetheless. My wife ordered the chicken with satay sauce. The sauce was the satay marinade and did not have peanut as my wife was expecting in the Thai tradition. My father ordered the tangerine beef which is always well executed with crispy coating of tender beef. The sauces are rich and never as spicy as expected, so if you need the heat, be sure to specify.

Desserts leave a little to be desired with options like tartuffo and chocolate lava cake that seem to snap you out of the Asian fusion dream you're having and leave in the land of standard Americana mass-produced desserts.

All in all, the prices are well worth the quality of the food and the service. The dimly lit, cozy interior is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, a family gathering, or a meal with business associates. Children are always made to feel welcome, but the small space may be restrictive for younger ones that are hard pressed to stay seated.

Bring your wine and enjoy an escape! We will be back!

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1  Thank worldtravelersNJ
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

Not knowing the area at all, we were surprised to come upon this small, attractive and popular storefront with multiple Zagat stickers plastered on the door. Inside we found brick walls, comfortable tables and a vibrantly contented crowd. While the wonton soup wasn't stellar, the baby shrimp with bean curd in a tasty clear sauce was comfort food of the best kind. The hot and sour soup was pronounced delicious by a colleague. Too bad this place isn't in MY neighborhood.

Thank DebbyClaire
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