Nee House--Another Perspective--Authentic Chinese in Paradise Valley
While Nee House, located at Tatum and Thunderbird in Phoenix, has received a couple of negative critiques on this board (primarily due to service, or lack thereof), I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for authentic Chinese food. Typically when I come into the Phoenix area I head out to Chandler or Mesa for Chinese food comparable to what I get here in Los Angeles, or in San Francisco or New York. On my latest visit to Phoenix this past week I grabbed a Chinese newspaper and saw an ad for a new restaurant, Nee House, which to this out-of-towner seemed to be at an odd location for a Chinese restaurant advertising for Chinese customers. Following my map to 13843 N. Tatum Bl., I found a menu heavy on Chinese seafood items, typical of a Hong Kong style seafood restaurant. I ended up with the fish in lemon sauce, which is a very difficult dish to make well, and which was as good as any version of this dish that I've had in the San Gabriel Valley. I also noticed that the restaurant was going to be closed for a banquet this past Saturday (though obviously not a large banquet given the size of the restaurant) which indicates that the local Chinese population might be sizable enough to support a genuine Chinese restaurant in the area. As far as service goes I didn't have any particular problem at lunch time, though like most Chinese diners are concerned, quality of service pales in comparison to quality of food as far as important factors for a restaurant are concerned.
I've lived in this area for years and decided to give Nee House a try last night for some takeout. The menu is extensive and there was quite a bit of chinese clientele there. I do agree with some other posts on here that the service does leave much to be desired but it wasn't so awful that I felt compelled to leave. It just seemed to me that they run on a skeleton crew and the sit down diners take precedence which is admirable. I'll call in my order next time.
I had the dumplings off the appetizer menu as well as the kung pao chicken, pork fried rice and mongolian beef. All dishes were very respectable renditions and the dumplings were the best I've had in the valley. If I get a chance to do a sit down dinner I'll probably venture more into the seafood portion of the menu but I try to avoid anything seafood related for takeout. I find its just overcooked by the time I get it home to my dining table.
Overall I was quite pleased not to mention excited that this new discovery is right around the corner from my house.
I wish Nee House was closer to me. I live in Tempe and have only been there once, but I really enjoyed it. We had the braised green beans and Szechuan Pork. I thought they were quite tasty. Service was fine as far as I could tell. I want to go back and try some of the seafood dishes. Everything I saw looked so good it was difficult to decide!