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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Pan-Asian

Re: “Sung Son

Awful...not bad...not REALLY bad.....AWFUL!! My wife and I arrived around 7 pm on a Monday night to find a completely empty restaurant ( we should have followed our instincts and fled ). The only human to be found was the host who looked irritated that we had interrupted his phone conversation. We asked for a booth and he took us to a booth that, on my side, had about a foot square hole in the seat patched with black duct tape (again, we should have followed our instincts and fled ).
After waiting and waiting for the host to get off the phone and take our order ( no waiters on duty) we ordered three appetizers, shrimp and sweet potato with lettuce wrap, crab Rangoon, Vietnamese spring rolls and hot tea…what could go wrong? When we finally got our order the shrimp and sweet potato sticks looked like small, overcooked fish sticks that had been sitting on a counter under a heat lamp. We had to look closely to find the four pieces of shrimp that had the same French fry shape and consistency of the totally tasteless sweet potato fries. Sadly I have just described the best parts of this appetizer. The lettuce used to wrap the shrimp and sweet potato sticks was warm and so limp you could literally wrap it around and around your finger without causing it to crack! The only positive about the lettuce was that there wasn’t much of it. When we were able to flag down the host who was between phone calls, we asked for fresh lettuce and were greeted by a quizzical look followed by “Really?”.
We finally did get fresh lettuce (there actually was some on the premises) but it could not hide the texture, taste or looks of the sweet potato / shrimp sticks. Moving on to the Crab Rangoon, my wife thought it was OK, I thought it looked and tasted like it might have been on the lunch buffet and saved for lucky dinner diners. The spring rolls were average (high praise for this evening) but, at least, the peanut sauce was rich, thick and tasty. The tea was excellent even if we were never asked if we needed more.
We finished quickly and left a goodly amount of food, but, getting out was no easy matter as we had to wait and wait and wait for our check while our” host / wait staff” finished his never ending phone conversation. We usually leave a 20% tip as we appreciate the job most restaurant employees do, even if the food is just average. Tonight, we left zero which was both a well-deserved tip and a generous score for the food, the ambiance and the service we received at Sung Son.

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Posted by Jerry Stogsdill on 11/05/2012 at 9:37 PM

Re: “The Malay Café

Have eaten here for years and found the service very personal and enjoyable. The food is always fresh and always delightful. Nothing is done half way. Highly recommended.

Posted by Rob Callicotte on 06/06/2012 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Elephant Bar

Shame on me for trying this place twice, the first time my food was overly salty and not cook properly, second time food still wasn't great and the expensive drink i ordered was not drinkable, I will never go here again, all hype, not what it's cracked up to be.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 2

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Posted by Pancake on 03/12/2009 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Elephant Bar

Shame on me for trying this place twice, the first time my food was overly salty and not cook properly, second time food still wasn't great and the expensive drink i ordered was not drinkable, I will never go here again, all hype, not what it's cracked up to be.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 2

Posted by Pancake on 03/12/2009 at 5:16 PM

Re: “The Malay Café

Dining out is great. I also like to cook Malaysian food at home. You can get all the ready to serve and easy to prepare ingredients on-line at www.asiansupermarket365.com
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 3

Posted by CTTAS on 02/06/2009 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Zen Zero

The menu is not extensive but there interesting choices of Asian cuisines (Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan) at this place. You tell the counter what you want and then have it at your table. The quality of the food is quite good and flavorful. There are also have daily specials. They also have Asian drinks like Thai coffee etc. If you are interested in trying something new other then Chinese, check out this place. Its not a fancy place and their is little ambiance (not a good place to bring a date) but the food is good. Your pocket and stomach will be happy.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 4
Overall: 4

Posted by Eric Flescher on 08/02/2008 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Sung Son

The Pho was delicious as well as the Bun. I was thoroughly satisfied by my trip here. The Pho was so comforting to eat even on hot night. I can only imagine how good it will be during the winter
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 5
Overall: 4

Posted by Cory Sanchez on 08/01/2008 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Sung Son

I had heard about this place. But when I heard that the place had a new opened a new buffet and noddle bar for lumch, I had to go and check it out. I had heard that the Vietnamese food was bland. It was especially at recent place I tried in Kansas City but to my delight, not at this place. I had tried Vietnamese food in other parts of the country and I knew Vietnamese food was better then this bland restuarant before. But here at this new buffet and noodle bar, you can see immediately the character and what Vietnamese food really tastes like. When I entered, I chose 1 of 11 different noodle type soups, made to order by one of the cooks ( noodles with either tofu, beef and others). While that was being prepared fresh, I sampled the buffet area. The dishes were not really spicy but well seasoned. The best was the slightly spicy sweet tomato tofu. The spicy yellow curry chicken was excellent and was thick and spicy sweet not spicy hot and was very good. The beef stew in a nice brown broth and vegetables was excellent too and had a lot of flavor. The non fried spring rolls had a lot of vegetables and was very good in the hot sour sauce or the peanut like sauce. The crab rangoon was okay and the Goi Ga chicken salad was bland. The chinese General t'sao was surprisingly good , not too sweet, moist and not burnt to a crisp. Hunan chicken and the Moo Go Gai Pan chicken were better then I had expected. One of the premier ones I heard of the tempura like sweet potatoes were mushy and not very good.But it was the noodle soup I wanted to find out about. I ordered the meatball version s I heard about it. It came with vermicelli, vegetables and jalapeno strips in a clear tasty broth. The beef ball was actually cut into little strips. It was little chewy and did not have much flavor. The owner and staff were very cordial. I definitely will come back with my wife and my son is interested too.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Eric on 05/19/2008 at 7:06 PM

Re: “BD's Mongolian Barbeque

Best Mongolian BBQ ever. Every kind of meat you could want on the buffet. Lots of fresh veggies, good sauces. Try it , you wont be sorry. Bring a big appetite, its all you can eat.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Keith A. on 12/01/2007 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Zen Zero

Zen Zero is absolutely the best place to eat in Lawrence, and my husband and I always go there when we get a chance to visit the college town. Both their masaman curry and yellow curry are phenomenal, and if you're lucky you might get to try one of their daily specials like Mango Chicken curry. I highly recommend this for people who have never tried Thai food before because there is just enough of a twist to make it easier for the American palate to enjoy. Good for vegetarians and vegans - they have the best tofu in their dishes, head and shoulders above other Asian places. Good, solid, delicious food.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Mochi lover on 09/05/2007 at 10:41 AM

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