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Has anyone been to PF Chang Decarie?

If so, what's your take on it? I have heard tremendous line-ups even at lunch and reservations necessary.

Never ate at one in the States; so write 'em up and let us know

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  1. i've been to various US locations and the food is nothing special. there are much much much better chinese options in town.

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    1. re: catroast

      Absolutely, the US locations are still popular, but personally,
      nothing to brag about. Lots of flash and rude waiters.
      As for Montreal, let's hope the management get's their act
      together soon, before it's too late and the word gets around in no time.

      1. re: stak

        I always read this blog and I missed it yesterday...thx for the timely link

        1. re: stak

          Jason's review was surprisingly positive; obviously he didn't view it as a Chinese restaurant per se. Actually, that take on General Tao's looks good: I'd always thought it could be good with less breading and not so cloyingly sweet a sauce.

          Yes, I'd forgotten to read his blog too, which is a pity as I always like it; he is also a good and whimsical writer.

          Still, I have no real reason to go there; there are several Concordia Chinatown places I'd rather try...

        2. I have a soft spot for the Vegas location inside Planet Hollywood. I can tell you that the Montreal one is not close... borderline indelible, definitely not worth the calories...

          1. PF Chang's is basically the Baton Rouge of Chinese food.

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            1. re: OliverB

              For any self respecting Asian, PF Chang's is the Denny's of Chinese food.

                1. re: marblebag

                  I think you are harsh comparing them to Denny's.
                  My experience a Denny's was just disgusting for my taste buds.

                2. re: OliverB

                  Can you explain this ?

                  What's is Baton rouge doing in the equation?

                  1. re: maj54us

                    it's a poor facsimile of a cultural cuisine, dressed up, made to look like fine dining and sold at a premium. Having said that, Baton Rouge really isn't that bad. It's not great but it does the trick.

                    1. re: maj54us

                      Connection = BR is a "family chain restaurant" with an assembly line kitchen (no chef-driven menus) for those who aren't particularly invested in eating well. It's probably best compared to The Cheescake Factory in that it serves overpriced and underflavored, standard family-friendly cuisine that is neither particularly inspired, interesting nor very good. PF Chang's is the Chinese version of this concept.

                      1. re: OliverB

                        we can't all be playboys oliverb
                        baton rouge is decent for what it is

                        1. re: catroast

                          Wouldn't you agree that B.R. is to TexMex or Southern BBQ what Chang's is to Chinese though?

                          PF Chang's is also "decent for what it is"... I'd just have no particular desire to go for whatever that is.

                          I personally think their ribs are terrible. If you ordered a rack without that goopy sweet sauce, I bet you wouldn't be able to swallow a mouthful! It's my sister's and step dad's favorite go-to Sunday night place btw, so I've been dragged along many a night, and tried just about everything on the menu - I always find it really really bad.

                          1. re: OliverB

                            i actually don't care for ribs that fall off of the bone. i prefer to eat like an animal. their bbq sauce is also terrible.

                  2. I've not been to the one in Montreal, moved away from Plattsburgh many years ago. When I want Asian in Montreal we head down to "China town". I have been to a PF Changs in Cincinnati once. Never have felt compelled to go to another. Howard Johnson's of the so called "Chinese" restaurants. Much better elsewhere.

                    1. We just went tonight for our anniversary dinner. We loved it. We made reservations and there was no waiting. The food was great. Had the lettuce wraps which were great. The spring rolls that my husband had were very good as well. I had the salt and pepper prawns which were amazing and my husband had the sweet and sour pork which was pretty good. Desert which was shared and couldn't even finish was the BANANA SPRING ROLLS coconut-pineapple ice cream and drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauces. It was outstanding! We're definitely going back!

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                      1. re: LIONESS

                        How do you compare it to a "traditional" Chinese restaurant?

                        What was the total for your meal?

                      2. I'll be going this week for work. Is there anything I shouldn't miss or should avoid? I'll try to post my impressions here afterwards.

                        1. it's good but i've been to other international locations that were AMAZING. It always depends on the chef in these situations, you won't be amazed by the decarie location.

                          1. This restaurant was built at that location to service Hampstead who do not venture down to Chinatown. With the closing of mediocre Hot and Spicy it left a gaping hole in the market and PF filled it with their own version of mediocre General Tao and tastless letuce wraps. Its just a fancy McDonalds.

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                            1. re: finefoodie55

                              Actually, it's a fancy and way more expensive McDonald's...

                            2. Assembly-line food. Okay-tasting, but by no means stellar. Vast, cavernous dining room. Too many people greeting you at the door when you walk in.

                              Was there dinner with a group of girls from the burbs, and they loved it. Just not my thing.

                              1. I haven't been to the one on Decarie, but went to PF Chang Laval with my mom. Some friend of hers said it was great and we should go. Well, other than the lines, nothing is great here. Food would have been just ok, but an incredible amount of salt made it inedible. We took two bites of the orange beef and stopped. The sweet and sour soup had a vinegary taste. After that, I didn't want to try anything else. The place was busy, service was efficient but anonymous. I will never go back.