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by rob mafia

Review: i don't really go here by choice (would rather go somewhere fully veg), but the few times i met with friends and ate there were actually pretty damn good and left me pleasantly surprised. the garlic tofu/bok choi (don't know the name of the dish, but i think that's what it was) was pretty great. and i can't say i've had anything that was of similar taste/style. and twice now, they've made me some sort of really hot/spicy (upon request) soup... i still don't know what it is called, but it was delicious and hit the spot. iirc, their hot & sour soup on the veg menu wasn't vegan. but after ordering it and then asking for confirmation (my bad, really. should have confirmed it first), they made the special soup to accomodate. and it ruled. also, was the spiciest soup i've had in a looong time. so i'm stuck in a lose-lose situation... i rarely go, because i'd rather support harmony or etc... but i also feel bad for not going here because the people are truly nice/accomodating, and the food was terrific. and i'm a rather tough critic. i guess if i happened to be around south st more, i'd go there every once in a while... prices were good, especially with the large portions and very tasty food. the decor is closer to a "hole in the wall" type chinese restaurant than a sit-in restaurant, but i honestly like that and think it gives it character. only negative thing i can say about this place is that they do serve meat. haha. (the ratings are starting to confuse me. i noticed that i couldn't rate some places with a "1," [even when they were deserving of such], but i also can't give this place a 5. weird. i wouldn't give it a 5, anyway... but certainly it's a solid 4/4.5...)


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