Cary >Food & Dining > 35 Chinese Restaurant
Good food; service needs work. Service really needs work.
Just awful. I hadn't been to 35 Chinese in quite a while. In the past, the buffet was great. I was in the area last night and decided to eat there. Much to my dismay, the buffet was gone, but I figured that ordering from the menu should be OK since the food in the past was very good. Well, the teriyaki chicken appetizer was burnt and dry and had to be sent back. The main dish of shrimp and noodles was so greasy and funny tasting that it was inedible. Please note that I am not a picky eater, but this stuff was so bad that we left and went to Goodberry's to get the taste out of our mouths. Bottom line - eat somewhere else.
My original intention for eating in this restaurant was to have authentic Chinese food as claimed by several people including the waitress. Coming from big cities that truly serve authentic Chinese food such as LA, NY and Philly, I knew what I was expecting. However, some negative reviews of this restaurant cautioned me not to have high expectation…and thank goodness for those reviews because I was able to catch myself from the disappointing results. Not to drag this out farther, let me summarize the pros and cons after ordering 5 dishes ranging from soup to fresh steam fish.
Pros: Pleasant waitresses. However, only three waitresses for the entire restaurant. Those whose tables were somewhere in the corner, they might not received the necessary attention.
Pros: Hot spice flavored dishes. Some dishes claimed to have 35 spices/flavors. Unfortunately, there’s so much spices, you can’t literally taste anything. In fact,
an after-taste persisted from one dish that I couldn’t taste the rest of the dishes. They all tasted “numbed”.
Cons: Can’t bring your own alcohol. Maybe it’s the ABC law in NC but I certainly didn’t have problem in other states. I decided to order Tsingtao (Chinese beer) but they were out. Can’t bring alcohol and they don’t have the most popular Chinese beer.
Cons: NOT AUTHENTIC. Green peas in your seafood dish is not a Chinese ingredient. Its American Chinese substitute.
Cons: Oil drenched dishes. Is that Chinese takeout food? Speaking of takeout, we got our food in minutes. I didn’t get to pour my Heineken before the dishes started to “pour” on the table. Feels to me like a takeout/buffet restaurant than an authentic serving restaurant.
Pros/Cons: After eating oil drenched food, we manage to clear our digestive track overnight. Now I'm ready to try a different restaurant in my quest for authentic Chinese food in the Triangle.
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. My husband and I love this place so much we have been there 3 times in two weeks. We ordered on the authentic chinese menu and took two great recommendations from the nicest waiter! Beef with Green Onions (sounds simple and it is simply delicous!) and Szen. Spicy Fish! You must order from the real chinese menu and you will be amazed! The staff is friendly and go out of there way for you!!!! A must!
Cannot recommend 35. We were very disappointed that they no longer have the buffet. We received extremely poor service, and the food was less than enjoyable. As we looked around at the other tables we realized that if you are of Chinese descent, you were treated very differently. We have gone there for the last time, and cannot recommend it to anyone.
Hidden Chinese Gem in the Triangle. 35 Chinese is THE BEST traditional chinese food in North Carolina, in my opinion. They used to have a buffet, and I'm not sure if they still have it...., but the stars on their menu are truly their authentic dishes, the buffet is just for people who don't know the secret. Just went I thought they couldn't get any better, they recently hired a new chef. The spicy Szechuan (I think I spelled that wrong) fish is the crispiest, tastiest dish I've ever had in my whole life....I dream about it a night. My husband and I can't wait to try the new dishes on the menu. Don't be afraid to try something new!
not the 35 we like anymore.
I went to cary 35 around 5 times.
The previous experiences are quite ok
Food taste is not as good as before. Previously I rank 35 as one of the best in NC but now it's below average
Service is bad..We waited for a long time for one dish and drink refill was slow. We asked at least three times before they refilled it for us.
Even worse, we paid 15% tips and still the waitress looked quite unhappy and grumbled something
This place is a rip off big time!!!. The most trashy place to eat in Cary. They serve you garbage...smelly, expired, tasteless food. When we tried to speak with the owner about it...all I can say is "What a B****h!!!" If you don't want to listen to what the customers have to say...well, no wonder the place is dead and have no business. LOL
Very bad experience. We had a very bad experice weeks ago. Thought it provides authentic Chinese food and wanted to give it a try. The service was slow and food was too salty. The female manage was rude and snobby. Won't recommend to friends and go back again.
Great Authentic Food.
We love this place! Haven't tried the buffet, but the food off the menu is great. There are two menus, one for Americans, and one for Chinese. If you don't ask, and aren't Chinese, you will receive the American menu. I suggest ordering off the Chinese menu, if you dare to try something unfamiliar.
The authentic Kung Pao Chicken is one of our favorites, as are the spicy Dan Dan noodles. The Fish with Red Bird Chilies is also great, and anything with bamboo shoots. I was excited to try Kung Pao lotus root, but didn?t end up enjoying it all that much. The tea smoked duck was great, and the Chung King Chicken has a great flavor, but they don?t bother taking the bones out before they chop it up and put it on your plate.
Still haven't got up the nerve to order the shredded pork stomach with vegetables soup, but every Chinese family that comes in seems to start with that dish.
Take out preparation is extremely fast, we live less than a mile away, and we never beat the order when we call up. It's always sitting there waiting for us.
Our service when we've eaten is has been pretty good. It appears that most of the clientele are Chinese, so much of their wait staff speaks English as a second language. A distant second. However, the management has been very friendly with us, and one of them took the time to go over the Chinese menu and detail the things she thought we might like based on what we told her of our preferences.
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