On a warm and sunny Friday evening, D and I went to P.F. Chang’s to kick off my birthday week-end (it fell on a Saturday this year.) Upon entering I was wowed by the super high ceiling and beautiful decor. We were promptly shown to our table and I couldn’t wait to unwind in such a gorgeous atmosphere. As you can see, the joint was packed!
The cocktails were reeaally tempting (the Organic Agave Margarita, Chang’s Mai Tai, & the Jade Martini to name a few!) But, since we were meeting friends for drinks later on, we decided not to indulge just yet and ordered two sparkling waters.
So for starters, we shared the Salt & Pepper Calamari which were served on a bed of crispy rice sticks. The calamari tasted just as bland as it looks. The sauce that came with it helped, somewhat. I should’ve taken my friend L’s recommendation and gone for the lettuce wraps.
Thankfully, my main course was absolutely fantastic! I’d already gone over P.F. Chang’s online menu and had tunnel vision for their Cantonese Style Duck (“a moist, tender half Duck served with scallion pancakes and cool cucumbers.“) Usually if duck is on the menu, I’m gettin’ it!
The duck breast was just perfect. I enjoyed every savory, meaty, and slightly fatty bite. The side bowl of steamed rice, however, was undercooked. I wasn’t too bothered since it also came with grilled flat-bread (Uhh wait!? That’s not scallion pancakes! Grrr). I still loved this dish, and would probably order it again.
D chose the Sweet and Sour Chicken (“stir-fried with pineapple, bell peppers, onions and candied ginger in a sweet & sour sauce.”), he thought it was quite average…the undercooked rice didn’t help its case, which I suppose we should have sent back. Epic Fail if a Chinese restaurant can’t get steamed rice down, no?
I do wish I had room for dessert, though! The Banana Spring Rolls sounded amazing! (“six warm, crispy bites of banana served with coconut-pineapple ice cream and drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauces.”) Mmmm…
The service was efficient (not very warm or friendly), and despite the negative points, I had a very lovely dinner and great start to a wonderful week-end of celebrating my birthday (and summer solstice!) But, if it’s authentic Chinese food I’m craving, I think I’ll head on over to Chinatown.