I find central Pennsylvania to be a wasteland of pretty lousy Chinese restaurants. Among them, Cafe East is the best. But you will pay for it. This is among the most expensive Chinese places in central PA. The food quality isn't really quite good enough to justify that. But you get a huge portion.
I wish they'd cut the portions back and offer some lower prices.
Egg rolls very unimpressive. Thick shells, not much filling. What there is of the filling does taste good. But I'd prefer thinner, crispier shells and more filling.
Kung pao chicken is my favorite. This place has OK stuff. Great sauce. But chicken is diced instead of thinly sliced. The chicken is disappointing, but the rest of the ingredients are great.
The Szechuan (hot and spicy) chicken dish is very good. Thinly sliced chicken with a great sauce. I had it with the fried rice. Needed a little soy sauce for flavoring, but a successful dish. Unfortunately, on top of their already too high prices, they charge an additional $2 for fried rice instead of steamed. Not many other Chinese places in this area do that. So Cafe East is playing a dangerous game of already being overpriced, and being cheapskates on top of that.
Wife had the orange chicken. The flavor was not what she hoped it would be. A bit weak on flavor. The chicken chunks were too big and thick, so the chicken was dried out. A disappointing dish.
Total bill for three egg rolls and three dinners was about $45. Too high. $35 would have been much more reasonable.
In Pittsburgh, where I'm from, we'd call this place slightly less than average, and with their prices, would never return. In central PA, this place is above average, even with the high prices, we feel trapped into returning, but will do so as infrequently as we can.
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