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Sunday, December 27, 2009

China Star Restaurant, Englewood

‭ ‬My first impression when walking in the door of this place was that it had several attractive lunch specials,‭ ‬and great prices too.

I was having trouble picking a single selection for lunch.‭ ‬While I don't often buy appetizers,‭ ‬I decided to get the appetizer combination platter this time around.‭ ‬It came with‭ ‬2‭ ‬each of egg roll,‭ ‬crab rangoon,‭ ‬shrimp roll,‭ ‬beef stick and chicken teriyaki.‭

7‭ ‬lunch specials were available for only‭ ‬$6.95‭ ‬or less.‭ (‬keep in mind that these could easily change at any time‭ ‬-‭ ‬see photo for selections‭ & ‬prices‭) ‬I had a difficult time deciding between the Chicken Teriyaki Sauce,‭ ‬Honey Garlic Chicken and the Mongolian Triple.‭ ‬My wife chose what was evidently a new lunch special selection,‭ ‬Szechuan Triple‭ ‬-‭ ‬helpfully identified as a spicy dish by two red peppers on the menu:‭ ‬chicken,‭ ‬shrimp and beef sauteed with broccoli,‭ ‬napa baby corn‭ & ‬mushrooms in a spicy brown sauce.‭ ‬I eventually made up my mind and went with the Mongolian Triple:‭ ‬beef,‭ ‬shrimp‭ & ‬chicken sauteed with green and white onions in a sweet brown sauce,‭ ‬served over crispy rice noodles.‭ ‬All lunch specials also included steamed or fried rice,‭ ‬appetizer of the day,‭ ‬plus your choice of soup.‭ (‬egg drop,‭ ‬hot‭ & ‬sour,‭ ‬wonton or creamy chicken‭) ‬I got the egg drop soup,‭ ‬rice and an egg roll to go with my meal.‭

The appetizer platter was brought out within about‭ ‬6‭ ‬minutes of when we ordered.‭ ‬There was a tiny blue flamed heating tray in the center of the platter,‭ ‬which was a nice touch.‭ (‬I suppose in case anything got cold‭) ‬With the possible exception of the shrimp roll,‭ ‬everything on the platter easily met our expectations.‭ ‬I would have to say that the crab rangoon were some of the best I've tasted‭ ‬-‭ ‬creamy,‭ ‬hot and fresh.‭ ‬Some places either overdo or underdo the sweetness of the filling,‭ ‬but this place had it just right.‭ ‬Beef stick and chicken teriyaki were about what you would expect‭ ‬-‭ ‬meat on a stick‭ ‬-‭ ‬and everybody liked those.‭ ‬Shrimp roll might more accurately be called a shrimp pocket.‭ ‬They seemed ok,‭ ‬but I might ask to substitute something else for them next time around. I also liked having a large container of duck sauce at the table, because it is probably my favorite Asian dipping sauce.

‭ ‬When the actual meals were delivered,‭ ‬I realized we were going to have leftovers.‭ ‬We had finished only about‭ ‬2/3‭ ‬of the appetizer tray,‭ ‬and while the lunch specials weren't oversized,‭ ‬we had already more than halfway satisfied ourselves on appetizers.

‭ ‬My wife said she enjoyed her Szechuan Triple,‭ ‬and that it was not too spicy at all.‭ ‬I loved the Mongolian Triple as well,‭ ‬and found myself savoring the sweet sauce over the spring onions and variety of meats. The restaurant was clean and quiet. Personally, I might have enjoyed a bit of oriental music in the background, but I suppose that might depend on my mood at the time. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

Name: China Star restaurant

Location: 606 Taywood Road in Englewood (Northmont Plaza, where Taywood, 40 and 48 come together)

Telephone: (937) 836-7678

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