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Soonja's in Princeton

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Is a place I enjoy going but don't get to often. It's somewhat off the beaten track (aka Nassau St). Used to Andy's tavern many moons ago on Alexander Rd. It's a great little place that serves Thai, Korean, Sushi and Chinese. Anybody been?

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  1. Had lunch there about 2 years ago. Thought it was good, but pricey for the quality, service, room, etc. I work nearby, but haven't been back.....

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    1. re: OGguy

      It is a little pricey (esp.for lunch). But BYOB saves $ and sharing dishes works well.

    2. My friends and I like it quite a bit. I don't like sushi, so their varied menu is great for me. I've always thought the quality and price are reasonable. LOVE their dumplings. And the build-your-own-noodle dishes are just fun. My friends love their sushi.

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      1. re: Heatherb

        I'm not a sushi fan either but I am a huge dumpling fan. It's hard to find good dumplings that aren't the thick skinned generic type all the take out places have. I've tried the shu mei but not the regular dumplings. Next time for sure. The pad thai and bulgogi were really good.
        Any suggestions on other places for good dumplings? Tiger Noodles (Nassau St. or Windsor Greens) makes delicious seafood dumplings.

        1. re: gbean

          The regular steamed dumplings at Soonja's are pretty thin-skinned. Not the thinnest, but not at all doughy. I'm not sure where else would be good for dumplings though; however there is a new place down on Nottingham Way in Hamilton that is supposed to be quite good and pretty authentic. Can anyone tell gbean the name of it? I drive by it all the time but can't remember...

          1. re: Heatherb

            It's Szechuan House. Food is very good there, although I've had a few meals that were just OK. They're homemade eggrolls are excellent and the hot and sour soup as well. They have a lot of authentic Chinese dishes (not on the lunch specials) that look really interesting but I can't get any of my chickensh-- lunch buddies to try any. I did get to try SS whole sea bass and it was very good.
            PF Changs (way overpriced and food takes forever to get to the table) makes really good shrimp dumplings but you only get 4 for like $6.

          2. re: gbean

            The steamed veggie dumplings at YaYa Noodles are great, definitely thin-skinned. Better, I think, than their sibling Tiger Noodles.

            Also, the shu mei at Aji Hei can be great. Occasionally a bit watery, but generally they're not.

              1. re: gbean

                Go to Shanghai Park in the Princeton shopping center for xaio long bao (soup dumplings). They are very good

                1. re: Bossa_Nova

                  MMmmm soup dumplings. Do they have them all the time or just on dim sum weekends?

                  1. re: gbean

                    All the time. Their Dim Sum on weekends consists of interesting Shanghai-Style (not Cantonese) items.

                    1. re: cranrob

                      I was curious is the weekend Dim Sum is served on carts? Or buffet style? Or order fm menu?

                      1. re: gbean

                        They have carts, but there is also a special Dim Sum menu.

                        1. re: cranrob

                          Yum. Sounds so good. Can't wait to check it out!

                2. re: gbean

                  it's on Chambers St, in Princeton. If you were coming from Alexander Rd, you'd go right onto University Pl and then right at the light onto Nassau and Chambers is the first left. Give it a shot. Their uni, should you like that, is also really good. They also make a seaweed salad that's terrific. Thing is, they have two seaweed salads, the one that's more interesting has the black seaweed and watercress, with some great pickled veggies. Terrific. Sushi is also great there, but i have a real soft spot for the dumplings and this salad!

          3. We went for dinner about a year ago. It's just OK. It's the only Korean food I know of in the area, however. I would go back but I wouldn't go out of my way to go again.