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Saturday, May 12, 2012


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Go down to the basement, where you'll find a Chinese garden in full bloom - with a name like Orchid you expect floral decorations. Spacious, with lots of room between tables, this place is a little fancier than most Chinese restaurants, though we still felt comfortable in jeans.

Tonight's dinner began with a pu pu platter - generous portions of spare ribs, spring rolls, steamed dumplings, shrimp balls and some sort of chicken concoction. I've had better dumplings, but the shrimp balls were absolutely amazing. Spare ribs were small but tasty. Spring roll was a little greasy, but who cares?

Our group ordered several main courses: seafood nest (shrimp and scallops and vegetables in a white sauce), chicken with broccoli, beef in hoisin sauce and the house fried rice. All were expertly prepared. There was just enough food for the four of us. A hungrier group might want to order an additional dish.

We didn't order dessert, although the ice cream here is very good, but ended our meal with fortune cookies. Although for the most part the food at Orchid surpasses that of Jani, where we ate last week, I did miss the fruit at the end of our meal.

Expensive but worth it! We will return.

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