Posted on 08 / 20 / 2009
I have never liked Chinese food. Every experience in this town has been a big ol' pile o' bland and greasy. Since discovering Guilin, it's my new go-to restaurant. I find myself craving their food all the time.
Their menu is divided into 3 parts omni, veggie, and vegan. The stuff on the vegan menu is fake meat products. The stuff on the vegetarian menu features tofu and vegetable dishes which are generally vegan as well--make sure to ask, though!
My absolute favorite dish is the fresh tofu skins with Chinese greens. It's spicy and delicious and amazing and SDKFJ;ASJFA I LOVE IT! Then there's the fake chicken dishes. Their fake chicken is really good--best I've ever had thus far in my life. I especially like it in the Mongolian Veggie Chicken dish. Yum yum yum. A recent adventurous evening, I allowed myself to try the Vegetarian Fish Fillet in Black Bean Sauce. Um, WHAT!? This thing was a bunch of little fake "meat" rectangles topped with nori to give it that "fishy" flavor. It was strangely delicious. A few misses were the eggplant dish (mushy pile of mush) and the fake beef. It's not that the beef isn't tasty...it's just not as tasty as the chicken. Plus, it looks really real...kinda freaked me out and took me a while to actually eat it. Oh, the iced green tea. Yeah...just avoid that at all costs.
The actual restaurant is super casual, like most of Tucson. It is family run and I have been cashed out by small children a few times. Pretty cute. Service is generally friendly if occasionally aloof during busy times. It gets really busy around lunch because HELLO FIVE DOLLAR LUNCH SPECIAL! I LOVE YOU! Their prices are VERY reasonable. Tofu and veggie dishes are 6-10 dollars. Veggie meat dishes are 7-15 dollars with the veggie fish and shrimp costing a bit more than the veggie beef and chicken.
Really really great place. My current favorite restaurant.
inexpensive, delicious, local
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