Can I put in a good word for Caravelle (DFW)
A big group of us did dinner there last night. The hits were crispy salted prawns, with the heads on, and soft shell crab in lemongrass. They also had some mean tofu dishes, and a not so bad americanized version of sweet and sour chicken (some members of our group are not adventurous). BYOB too. Can't go wrong with that.
I think the best Chinese restaurant in Dallas. Be sure and try the oyster dishes and the Singapore noodles.
There were 17 of us. We all shared appetizers: egg rolls, vietnamese spring rolls, and corn and crab soup.
Then everyone just ordered whatever they wanted off of the menu. I only really got to try the 7-8 dishes near me. I was going to order the crispy salted prawns, but a guy near me ordered that. I asked the waitress nicely what might be good and different. She suggested the soft shell crab.
I stuffed myself and with tax and tip (and we overtipped because the waitress was wonderful) was $20 each.
This restaurant is a regular for our family and relatives. It's where we celebrate birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and the list goes on. The restaurant thrives on these occasions and service well with large parties. We've had parties there with the maximum occupancy limit. There are several things we always order: shrimp balls, crispy tofu w/ green beans, snow pea tips/leaves with beef, orange chicken/beef, fried lobster (battered in cheese!), fried rock fish (ask for the ginger fish sauce), combination pan fried noodles, and...all of a sudden I can't think of anymore but there's MORE! Anyway, our family loves the place and we've been loyal customers for many years.
Caravelle has gone downhill. The food, such as the soft shell crab and shrimp balls, is excellent. However, the service sucks. People don't speak English well and even when spoken to in their own language, they didn't respond well. We didn't ask for some this special sauce to go with our soft shell crab until we saw it on the bill. We told the waitress this and she brought over someone else to explain that is what the waitress suggested and so we were charged for it...WTF?
The last time we were there...food didn't taste fresh.
Sure...BYOB is a good thing...but lots of people were bringing in grocery store wines like Yellow Tail...a waste of BYOB in my opinion.
I sure wish it was a rule here that if you are going to review a restaurant you must post the full name address and phone number. Turns out Caravelle isn't in Dallas, at all. It's Richardson!
Which means I probably can get there for lunch.
Caravelle Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant
400 N Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081
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I look forward to hearing what you have to say about the food, instead of the posts or the posters.