An remains my choice as best Asian restaurant in the triangle. Kudos to the current chef for consistency and wonderful execution of this menu. Prices are very reasonable for this quality of dining; lunch is simply a bargain and a nice introduction to An, always a nice Bento box option as well as menu. In the evening, a full dinner with wine, appetizer and gratuity will run about $50/person total. The sushi is generous and uber-fresh. The Thai wings appetizer are another treat for two. My favorite entrees include duck curry, crab cakes, NC flounder, Japanese eggplant, but there's lots more. Perhaps the only entree I'd pass on would be the lamb, just because it hasn't lent itself to the inventive cooking here and there's so many other great choices. There's vegetarian and mild dishes for the spice-challenged. And for an unexpected decadence, the hot Macadamia cookies are made to order and melt in your mouth.
This place sucked...The food was bland, the meat was tasteless. Entrees that were supposed to be spicy were just as bland as basic items. Terrible, terrible food...Save your money and dine somewhere else. SACAGA commented above that this is the best Chinese restaurant in Chapel Hill, well she must be the owner or a shill...I can think of a half dozen other Chinese restaurants in Chapel Hill that beat this place hands down. At 8:20PM on a Saturday night the restaurant was mostly empty and for good reason...The food is just plain lousy!!!!!!!
Waitress was obviously in a poor mood both times I went there. No big deal. The sushi however is not sushi at all, it's some raw fish rolled in rice. Missing is the vital vinegar/salt/sugar combination called mirin that flavors the rice. This was a huge turn-off and makes the raw fish&rice taste flat. There are plenty of places in the area that do 2for1 and make GOOD sushi.
Apparently the above reviewer didn't take his meds on his visit. We frequent Peony and have never received anything BUT great customer service, not to mention amazing food at a reasonable price. If he (above reviewer) was so "agitated" after just ordering drinks, they should have left, as he suggested. Rather than do so, he acted the child and really only embarrassed himself (and probably his girlfriend, the "frequent diner"). If chain restaurants are his thing (and quite frankly, judging by his rudeness, they are just right for him) then I say "Head to TGIF's, sir! Where luckily I *won't* have to dine with the likes of you!"
I went here on a Sunday evening on my girlfriend's recommendation, and honestly I wish we hadn't it wasn't worth the headache. Our waitress took our drink orders and handed us the menus. My girlfriend who frequents the place already knew what she wanted, but for me, never being there and being a sushi lover I needed some time to thumb through all the rolls. So our waitress brings back our drinks and asks if we're ready to order, um no we're not we both have our faces still buried in the menu. About a minute later she comes back and rudely asks again if we're ready to order. I explain that I need a little while to look over the menu for what rolls I want and she walks of in a huff. About two minutes later she comes back and barks "you ready to order". At this point I had become so agitated, and felt so rushed I was ready to leave the money for the drinks and go somewhere else. Ps we were there around 7pm, they didn't close until 1030 so we weren't keeping the staff there. My girlfriend answers and once again says no, our waitress then tells us that we have five more minutes and then we need to order. By this point I didn't care about the food, all I wanted was a new waitress and the manager. Another waitress seeing our agitation began to make rounds at our table to try to smooth things over. The rude waitress would come back in a gruff every once in awhile in between, she asked if I wanted anymore sweet tea, I replied "no" and yet she still takes my glass and gets the sweet tea anyways. By the time our check came we were beyond agitated and fed up with our horrible service and asked our waitress where is the manager, she replied he's out of town. The other waitress on duty then walked up to the conversation and corrected our waitress and said he's right over there. Having lied, and been utterly rude to us for no reason all night my girlfriend went and told the manager the whole story. His reply, "I'm sorry, we've been having problems with her tonight". Really? Not that either of us were looking to get compensated for the horrible dinner we had, but everyone in that restaurants utter lack of responsibility was appalling. We will NEVER go here again, I rather eat at a generic, chain restaurant then experience their disregard for customer service ever again. Needless to say there was no tipping involved, that wasn't even a question. The sushi was average, nothing amazing. For what it's worth find your sushi elsewhere it's not worth the price to have your meal ruined by an uptight, downright rude waitress and a nonchalant manager.
We went back to this restaurant after not going for a while. We ordered one vegetarian and one shrimp dish. The food arrived so quickly after we ordered that it could not have been cooked tonight. The shrimp and the tofu were chewy and tasted like they had been cooked days in advance. Additionally everything was cold or lukewarm. So disappointing!
This is the best Chinese Restaurant in Chapel Hill. They have 2 menus, try the Chinese menu...you won't be disappointed.
I really like some of the dishes on the Chinese menu here: the chicken with chestnuts, the hotpots, the vegetable dishes. The brown rice here is very tasty.
IT'S A LITTLE ASIAN PLACE , I GO THERE ONCE A WEEK , THEY GOT GOOD FOOD .AND THEY HAVE GOOD PRICE SUSHI - BUY ONE GET ONE FREE (SUSHI ROLL)HIBACHI IS GOOD TOO . I LOVE THE STEAK HIBACHI WITH THE SHRIMP SAUCE . YOU CAN ALSO HAVE SOME BEER WINE ,MAKE IT BETTER . GO CHECK IT OUT !
Good food but not really worth the prices.
This is the best asian fare in the area, the sushi is amazing and it is buy 1 get one free everyday! I go here all the time
Ate here on a late Friday night (closing the place). A large local Indian and Asian clientele fills up Bamboo Garden regularly. A very extensive menu with pretty reasonable prices, and some unusual treats (like the weird custom made Indian curry soda that we sampled). In all, a great dining stop, and a good date location.
I love this restaurant, one of a very few cutting edge Asian fusion in this area that have been successful pull it off. Try the walnut prawn and the sea bass are the best I ever had. The decoration are so beutiful.
The food is amazing here. Go often. Try everything.
I went to dinner with my friend the other night and the food was excellent. I ordered the California Roll and is was great. The sesame chiken was outstanding. My waiter was nice and friendly and the service was fast. I enjoyed the food and recomend Red Bowl to anyone.
Red Bowl has excellent service and the food is outstanding. The sushi is fresh and the best in town. The service is fast and the staff is friendly.
Disappointing first visit. Our waiter was fantastic although he told us the Tamago was fresh. It was frozen. I also found out the spicy tuna was premixed and they "scooped" it out and made rolls. Yuk. The Mongolian beef was so so. The brown rice was good. The wonton soup was no different than fast food mall food. The crab rangoons were like any other. I heard high praises so I came. Sushi Thai it is not. The prices are less for sushi but now I know why. If you are looking for better ambiance than your local chinese restaurant, you will like this but if you are looking for really good sushi - this is not it.
A family favorite for dinner, both eat in and take out. Nice sushi selection as well as tasty variety of Asian entres.
Their buffet (M-F, 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 pm) is a great value! I have not found a better deal on Thai food in the triangle.
It gets very busy from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but the buffet is still on till 3 p.m. I go @ 1:30 and am always happy:)
Waited a while so as not to compare it to our beloved Charlie's, but it wasn't worth the wait, sorry to say. One of the worst meals we've had in a while: hot things were cold, cold things were tepid, most things were bland, vegetables were limp. An eggroll was cold, mushy, and tasteless. The meat and fish in our two entrees were thrice-cooked, greasy, chewy blobs of dubious age. At 6:30 the place was all but empty, with good reason.
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