Posted on 03 / 17 / 2010
My visit to Chunfeng Songyue Lou was extremely disappointing. Considering the restaurant has been in business for years, it should serve very good food. And, in fact, several years ago I did have a bowl of Monk's Noodles there that was quite ok - not great but ok.
There are 2 floors. Downstairs serves simple fare plus noodles. Dishes are served on the second floor. We planned to dine on level two but the atmosphere was so dismal and the absence of staff and diners was discouraging. So, we went downstairs which was relatively busy. We ordered stir-fryed noodles and some dim-sum type foods in little steamers. Everything was awful. The noodles were incredibly oily and the other foods were inedible. I should add I've been in China for a long time and am used to oily dishes. I also love tofu, seitan, (wheat gluten) and other veggie foods. I'm not a newbie when it comes to eating Chinese vegetarian food.
I think the owners are putting little effort into this business. It's in the middle of the YuYuan Bazzar and a continuous stream of tourists come and go - many don't get the chance - not that they would want to - to return the 2nd time - so business is ok - the owners are making money. I will not return.