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  • Greg Brown

    In our quest to visit all of D’s Top 100 restaurants, we went to Royal China. We had the Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup–hand pulled noodles with braised beef shank in a clear and broth. We also had the Ma-Po Tofu–silken tofu in a spicy chili sauce (that was actually spicy!). Both were excellent dishes. Service was spot-on, too.

    The following day I was in the neighborhood and stopped by Monkey King Noodle in Deep Ellum for Lunch. I had the soup dumplings–dumplings stuffed with pork and a little broth inside.All made and steamed to order. Very fresh, light and delicious. Looking forward to working down their whole menu.

  • mark_unt

    Oak and it was a pretty bad experience all-around. Service was horrible, no hostess at the front of the house to greet or seat us and out waiter could not have been less interested in our table. He probably spent a total of 3 minutes at our table the entire night and his only real contribution to our meal was screwing up simple drink orders. The food itself was only slightly better. Overall the menu could not have been more boring and the portion sizes were laughably small. Oysters were good and the only real dish that seemed to be worth the money. My wife’s steak tasted good, not great. My snapper was tiny, bland and accompanied by literally 2-3 bites of vegetables. The only real standout dish was the molten chocolate cake for dessert.

    I can’t decide if this place was just over-hyped from the beginning or if the change in chef is what set this place downhill, but it was laughably bad, especially for one of the 4 “best restaurants” in the city according to D Magazine. Maybe we just caught it on an off night, but I don’t really feel like going back to see if that’s the case. FT33, Pak Pao and even Meddlesome Moth are all close by with much better food, drinks, and service.

  • TLS

    SĒR Steak+Spirits

    We went for a special occasion during mid-week and while the restaurant staff offered superior service through out the meal the atmosphere itself was not relaxing, was very loud, and was overall rushed. I wasn’t thinking when I made the reservation that this is first and foremost a restaurant in an enormous hotel that would be hosting mostly large business dinners and out-of-town guests that like to get their drink on. I don’t blame the restaurant for what it is. I blame myself for not saving that gorgeous view and well prepared cuisine for a weekend night.

  • Tspoon

    First visit to Tanoshii ramen and disappointed. They were out of mandu at the beginning of the evening on Tuesday. The dumplings we had instead were flat and mushy and unremarkable in flavor. Hoisin overwhelmed the shitake steamed buns. I had the lemongrass chicken soup and while the flavor was good, the broth was too greasy. My fellow diners had two other noodle soups that were much too salty. Overall, design and vibe were cool, but food was a bummer.

  • Michael Merriman

    Went to Nonna. I had the Red Snapper which was excellent. My wife had the quail which was dry, but otherwise flavorful. The service is always good there, the place is always packed. Boring cocktail menu, but the wine list has a large selection of interesting Italian wines from regions you don’t see much (Puglia, Umbria, red Friuli) and even had some Pinot Nero. Love this place.

  • tjmr fan

    Went to Spoon for the third time and concerned that Chef Tesar is going to be leaving soon. He showed up to the restaurant an hour after opening.

    food was good but not great especially for price point. Nothing was typical Chef Tesar inventive and many of the dishes were overcooked and under seasoned.

    I will go back for the divine shrimp croquettes and great service from the sommelier

  • RCfromOC

    We went with friends for an early dinner on Saturday before a show at the Kessler. Everything from making and then changing reservations to dessert and coffee was perfect. But the icing on the cake was our server, Jay (Jaybird). We could not have asked for better service and a real feeling of welcome. We can’t wait to go back.

  • RCfromOC

    We went with friends for an early dinner on Saturday before a show at the Kessler. Everything from making and then changing reservations to dessert and coffee was perfect. But the icing on the cake was our server, Jay (Jaybird). We could not have asked for better service and a real feeling of welcome.