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Grand Chau Chow

I went to Grand Chau Chow in Chinatown last night. The food was very mediocre and the atmosphere was just as bad. I asked for no vegetables in my kung pao beef because I was afraid there would be too much vegetables. The waiter refused, and just as I expected, it was loaded with water chestnuts. Barely any beef.

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  1. I've been going to Chau Chow for years, starting when it was across Beech st in a place a third of it's present size. It's my favorite for Hong Kong style Chinese food, best for seafood. Over the past 25 years I've had maybe one or two meals that I thought were not excellent. But that's pretty good for that span of time. Try it again, maybe you'll have a better meal.

    1. You might also consider a different ordering strategy considering Grand Chau Chow's strengths.


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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Well, frankly, I rarely go to GCC, CCC, China Pearl, or any of the other Cantonese places, except for dim sum. I guess my preferences lean towards Taiwanese & Sichuan when it comes to Chinese food. But, on the occasions that I do go, I order lots of seafood in lighter sauces, simple veggie dishes, salt & pepper fried anything, and noodle and/or wonton soups. I definitely would not order Kung Pao or any other Sichuan dish.


      1. I find a lot of the tea houses, are only ok for the dinner. I think there are a lot better options in other Chinatown restaurants with more specialties. I also think ordering more traditional Chinese menu items (Cantonese or Southern Chinese specialties) would yield better results.

        1. I believe the seafood and noodle dishes are the best. Vegetible dishes are pretty good too. I love the stir fried chinese bean pods and chinese water cress. Stewed bean curd is one of my favorite dishes there, as is spicey salted squid and squid in black bean sauce. I guess what appeals to me is that they are very simple, well prepared and nourishing.

          1. I heard that the New Golden Gate is the most popular place for dinner now.

            I tried it once and it was above average. I saw people ordering steamer which is not that common for Chinses restaurant.

            1. I've got to say - I had been to Grand Chau Chow a few years ago and l really like it. I returned this past summer with some friends in tow - and it was quite awful! I couldn't believe it and was quite embarrased as I was touting it so highly!! Definitely has gone down hill!!

              1. I went not too long ago and made the same mistake as you - namely, ordered Kung Pau Chicken. Not only was it rather bland, but I noticed all these people around getting amazing seafood dishes - some kind of fried whole fish, and what looked like black pepper shrimp..darn! I'd love a crash course in what to get at place like that

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                1. re: chowciao

                  just like you did. look around and ask, or point, as i do all the time.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    Unfortunately, I had already received my plate when I saw the seafood pass by...will keep in mind next time though!

                2. The best place to go for Kung Pao is Fuloon in Malden. I oredered kung pao chicken there and it consisted of chicken, hot peppers, and peanuts....no veggies whatsoever

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                  1. re: Johnresa

                    Kung Pao is a sichuan dish. I'd highly recommend a trip to Sichuan Gourmet if you want to do it right.


                    1. re: BJK

                      My wife and I have gone the last 2 years on New Years Eve. The wait is troubling but it allows you to cheat off the others plates. Which I did I ordered the Oysters with garlic and ginger which was awesome although the oysters were huge. We also got the whole fried flounder and the wife got a shrimp and tofu dish. We have really enjoyed the food.

                      1. re: BJK

                        The Kung Pao chicken we had at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham recently was fine but not great. Could use a lot more chilli. But for Sichuan food, it's currently about as good as I've found in the area, and I recommend the place highly too.

                        1. re: limster

                          Agreed that it could use more chili, and in general I order other things at Sichuan Gourmet (love the smoky hot chicken with cayenne, dan dan noodles, wontons with chili sauce, and many others).