HOU Kim Son, Jackie Tan and "Eat at Joe's NOT"
Hit up dim sum at Kim Son twice recently and enjoyed the experience both times. Imo a better experience than at Fung's Kitchen (to which I can compare it). More trolley action per square yard. Definitely Kim Son is less pricey for about the same food variety and quality I think. I also like the close juxtaposition of a Cajun place next door with entirely different clientele in peaceful coexistence.
Jackie Tan yesterday is indeed (as advertized) a cavernous space on pretty much the westernmost extreme of Asiatic Bellaire Blvd (making it a good deal closer for me as I live out of town to the west) but possibly not that convenient for inside-the-610 folks.
It was quiet but on a busy shopping day perhaps not surprising. The menu is only slightly shorter than War and Peace (and with pictures to boot) and we selected soft-shell crab over greens, flat noodles with pigs kidney (this had to be checked by the head waitress in case we had misspoke :-) ) and scallion, and clams in black bean. The last was the weakest. Rather unineresting bb sauce, and poor clam quantity/quality. The crab was good but the pork kidney and noodles definitely hit the spot. Tea was a bit lukewarm for my taste but very fragrant. 100% (apart from us) Asian customers in evidence.
It's a bit of a curious space and location, but we'll revist for sure. Service was well-intentioned but a little obstrusive during ordering (it takes some while to peruse a 20 page menu!) "you ready?" no no no. Also to clear stuff away. But that might have been a factor of the empty room and them not having much else to do. The food did not suggest why it was empty. It was good, if not extraordinary. Price about average tending to a bit high. 3 dishes plus tea and tip. About $55
Just mentioned in passing stopped for drinks at Joe's Crab Shack (what can I say, when you need a MArtini any place will do) at US59 and TX 99 Grand Parkway. In spite of having no customers the kitchen served up a lukewarm crab dip from hell, and calamari that was a giant "GLOB" of batter with uncooked squid in the middle of said glob. Yuk. But the bartender was a nice young man, with whom I had a good conversation about cask-conditioned ale. On his keg spigots he had a thing called "Winter Cask Ale" which is obviously nothing to do with cask-conditioned at all and should be had up by the Real Ale Police, but it was fun to discuss. Now he says if people ask him what is "cask ale" he can warn them of the spigot which tasted like the washing water that might be left in the tub after a full washing-machine-load of Bolivian unicyclists' jockstraps had been processed. Beyond god awful.
Recommend Joe's only for congenial barkeep and silly dancing. Food (no surprise) F----minus minus minus
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Houston, TX 77072
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