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