Epping Bamboo House
Previously Sun Loy's Chinese Restaurant, the Epping Bamboo House is the latest Chinese/Japanese place to open in the developing Route 125/Route 101 interchange in Epping, NH. The restaurant is relatively small inside with several 4-person tables and a sushi bar. I always preferred the more compact Asian restaurants, which sets the Bamboo House apart from the Orient Pearl, which opened several months earlier just up the road on Route 125. They had a prominent poster and menu board advertising about 20 varieties of bubble tea. I'm not quite sure what this is about, but it seems to have something to do with putting tapioca pearls in a tea-based drink. The poster is a little amusing, touting the joys of bubble tea with the slogan, "Dissimilar season...same good mood."
The service was very friendly and accommodating. We ordered take-out and while on the phone with the hostess, she happily informed us that we had reached a $30 minimum that earned us an extra maki roll. On the way home from picking up our food, the hostess took the time to call back to tell us that she had forgotten to include soy sauce for our sushi and asked whether we had some at home. You don't get that level of service very often, which I can assume is a sincere attempt to get return business. We ate fried rice, spring rolls and several options from the Japanese menu. The sushi quality was good...about on par with Orient Pearl and most other good Chinese/Japanese restaurants in the area. You had your occasional maki roll that wasn't quite sealed up, but the spider maki (crab tempura) was done well, which is surprising since those rolls tend to be a little awkward to deal with. The beef negimaki was good although not special. The Chinese food was decent, again, nothing special. Overall this place is worth a try, if only to get a taste of the bubble tea. I think we'll enjoy more meals here in the future.
Tried this place as I'm a big fan of bubble tea. We tried two of the flavored "green" teas and neither had any "boba" or tapioca pearls typically served with bubble tea. I'm sure neither drink actually had any real "tea" in it, instead, these were made with powdered flavoring similar to "Hawaiian Punch."
After seeing the tea was not authentic "bubble tea" I ordered a chicken fried rice "extra spicy" instead of something a bit more involved.
This is the test: if a place cannot make a decent fried rice they're not worth the bother. Well, the rice came out bland and had no flavor at all, so I guess this place is like all the other "Pan Asian" nonsense that I've come to expect from this land of chicken fingers and all you can eat buffets.
Service was good, but I'd never bother to return.