There was a signage indicating the promotion of $19.80 per pax for a set meal. However, the waitress said this is not available since this is X'mas and there is a christmas menu. However, I looked at the "christmas menu" - it was not much different at all but it cost $36 - which was the claimed original price of the set meal before the promotion!
I hesitated only slightly. She got impatient and later came back to say if I want the promotional set meal, it was still available, but warned that it would be a small portion.
We ordered 3 set meals, as there were 3 persons. We were contemplating if we should order more side dishes - esp the Mao zedong's braised meat and Sao Bin but again the waitress sounded impatient, so we didn't order more.
The meals came fast. However, the portions were small indeed. For eg, the vegetable dish is about half of a $6 zi char dish. So wondering if this is for 1 person (and we should get one 1 each), we asked. They got confused. One waitress said, yes, so we should expect two more of the same dish. Later, a more senior waitress came by to say, 3 person's portions were cooked together. Sigh. We made do and eat them.
As for the dishes' taste, I think they were okay. Not fantastic, and probably not representative of the old beijing (shouldn't the food be salty?).
The signature dish - roast peking duck - was quite nice, but it is far below Ming Jiang's Peking Duck. Well, don't expect too much.
The double-boiled nourishing soup was pork rib soup. It was light, but there was plenty of small pieces of pork rib, not bad at all.
On the whole, the food was slightly delightful. Portions are miserable. Service is below par.
It's a rip off. If we had ordered the individual dishes, It's probably cheaper given the portions. Not going back soon.
Total cost: $78.
Recommended Dish(es): Peking duck
Date of Visit: Dec 25, 2010
Keep it up!