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#51 Pool Boy

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 03:53 PM

Second The Rogue Gentleman rec. It is better than Rose's Luxury in my opinion. Especially if you enjoy craft cocktails.

 

Thanks for the suggestion. We're probably going to do Rappahannock again, but the cocktails look great. Maybe post-show depending on how late they stay open mid week. I am going to a death metal show at the canal club actually. Hopefully I survive the experience.


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 01:52 PM

We were huge fans of the cocktails at both Rogue Gentleman and Saison. 

 

I'd also strongly recommend the Roosevelt for dinner. It was our favorite meal when we were in Richmond earlier this year. Just fantastic. 


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 03:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. We're probably going to do Rappahannock again, but the cocktails look great. Maybe post-show depending on how late they stay open mid week. I am going to a death metal show at the canal club actually. Hopefully I survive the experience.

 

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 10:21 PM

I was in the Glen Allen area on business the last couple of days and had take-away dinner last night from Cheng Du restaurant on West Broad Street in Henrico, out towards Short Pump (home of Peter Chang's restaurant, which people compare this place to). I just stumbled on it online, looking for sources of dinner, and started reading the menu, finding all these dishes that you just don't see on the typical lousy American-Sichuan restaurant menus. Then I looked at some Google and Yelp reviews, for what they're worth, but people were saying some really intriguing things, and posting some pretty alluring pictures (on Yelp). Most of the reviews were very strongly and plausibly favorable, and the unfavorable reviews mostly complained that the General Tsao's Chicken and the Fried Rice weren't up to par. Anyway, I placed an order on line for pickup. I ordered the spicy cucumber salad, the "Boiled Fish in Hot and Spicy Chili Sauce", and the "Chong Qing Spicy Chicken". I drove over to pick up the order, and the service was very strangely harried, especially given that the restaurant was at most half full at 8 pm on a Friday night. I ended up having to wait about ten minutes for my food, even though it was already packed up and ready to go. Anyway, I took it back to my hotel, and had a little feast. The cucumber salad was only so-so, but the other two dishes were superb. The chicken was a dry-fried dish, with morsels of chicken coated in rice flour or corn starch or something and fried till slightly crisp, and tossed with a prodigious amount of dried red chilies, plus garlic and sesame seeds and I don't know what else. Delicious. The boiled fish was soup-like, with lots of chunks of soft, moist, fresh-tasting fish of unknown type in an explosively tasty liquid, with various bits of vegetable. The food was nicely hot without being searingly so; I gather they'll tone the heat up or down on request. The three dishes came to about $42 including tax and tip, and could easily have served five people. I had a second dinner of it this evening, and there's still a lot more than half of it left. I'd love to return to this place, especially to dine in with several adventurous companions, but that would mean cultivating some adventurous companions and coaxing them all down to Richmond, which is unlikely to happen.
 


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