Should I go back and try again?
Last night, TeenHound and I.
First visit to this particular family style restaurant.
Although we were only two diners, it was a planning-for-leftovers decision.
Our shared dish was... "okay" and wasn't quite as large as expected. We'd always had better in Beijing and I occasionally make better at home, but the ingredients Are sort of pricey when done at home for 2-6 servings.
Our shared side dish was... "okay" but considerably larger than expected. We both agreed that we wanted to take it home to doctor the seasonings.
Our shared bread dish was... terrible.
While we were perusing the dessert menu, an incident occurred not actually involving us, so we did not order dessert and our entire meal was comped by an extremely gracious floor mgr-- without any protest or plea from me about the problem.
I was ready to write of the restaurant as a BTDT [been there done that] but... we still haven't bought a meal there and we did not order a "famous for" item.
Should we go back or count ourselves lucky?
"Our shared dish was... "okay" and wasn't quite as large as expected. We'd always had better in Beijing and I occasionally make better at home, but the ingredients Are sort of pricey when done at home for 2-6 servings."
Then why order it?
I would go back and give it another try, this time not ordering items that you know you can make better at home or have had better in their country of origin. Ordering those types of items at a restaurant is just setting yourself up for disappointment.
I would write it off. There are a lot of Western-style restaurants in Beijing so no need to give the bad ones your business, especially given that they are pretty pricey compared to Chinese places.
I am curious, which place was this? I lived there for three years and I may have eaten there before.
re: Kris in Beijing
I used to live near the intersection of XueYuanLu and the 4th Ring road. Worked at SanYuanQiao, and partied at SanLiTun with a bunch of drunken, degenerate Euro expats. I think my life expectancy was seriously shortened by the combination of drinking baijiu and the apocalyptic pollution levels.
I would not say Beijing is a great food city but I do miss some things. Streetside dumpling and noodle stands with hand-stretched dough were really good, as were the fried rou bing. Spicy Ma La Tang with sesame sauce would really warm you up in the winter months too.