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Dec 1, 2006 12:41 AM

Niu Kee - new ownership?

Does anyone know anything about the new ownership of Niu Kee? I just found out the ownership has changed, but I don't know how recently, and what it will mean for the quality of the food. Any info would be appreciated.

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  1. I was there yesterday for lunch and did notice that the Opera posters were gone. The food was very good so no problems there. I recommend the garlic tofu, less spicy than the mapo tofu but still perfectly delicious.

    The service was attentive although we resorted to hand gestures as neither French nor English seemed to work. eg. wave hand, "soya, soya", make pouring gestures, "sauce?", receive three forks, more pouring gestures "soya?".

    1. I've been there a couple of times since it changed ownership and it's not as atomic as it used to be. they seem to have pared down on the pepper-flower, so that semi-intoxicated afterglow isn't as potent...

      1. I have been twice since the change of ownership and noticed also that the food has lost the kick we loved.

        I also noticed that several plaques highlighting the restaurant that were on the wall in the entrance are now gone.

        When all the cooks cameup to eat I noticed the dad who was the head cook was not present.

        I will give it another chance.

        1. I was there in early December and an acquaintance had indeed confirmed the owners sold the place.
          And there was indeed a discernible lack of punch in the food: home style tofu, home style fish, and big plate of spicy chicken with bones.
          The young wait staff was eager to please, friendly and efficient, and the English was good enough to get the order through plus an extra rice later on.
          I'll also try it again in the New Year.

          1. i agree and this is a huge dissapointment. despite requesting EXTRA spicy , they just couldn't put it together. delicious food but not the same without the kick. new owners are always so stupid for thinking their ideas are better.