Cheap Chinese on Castro

I had walked by Queen’s House many times and seen the menu advertising 3 dishes for $21.99 with a choice of rice or scallion pancakes. The variety of dishes looked like what you would expect to see on a typical Chinese menu, not necessarily tummy tempting but good enough if you have a hankering for some Chinese. We finally gave it a try, but unfortunately, the good price did not pan out in good taste.

With our 3 for $21.99 deal, we had a choice of rice or scallion pancake and chose the pancake, and our entrees were Mongolian Beef, Salt and Pepper Pork Chop, and Pea Sprouts with Garlic. Overall, the food was just average… nothing special. None of the dishes really stood out in taste, and each of them were missing a little something.

The scallion pancake was probably the only dish that I didn’t have a bad thing to say and was easily my favorite dish of the meal. I have had better scallion pancakes but this one was passable.

The Mongolian beef had way too many onions (as you can tell from the picture). Onion to beef ratio aside, the amount of beef that was in there was rather poor quality beef. It had a little funny taste that I usually attribute to being cheap meat. It’s kind of old tasting or something. I’m not sure how else to describe it.

I was probably most disappointed with the salt and pepper pork chop mainly because I had the highest expectations for that dish. Usually, it is very fatty and oily so I feel very guilty ordering it, so when I do, I demand satisfaction. Sadly, I didn’t get it here. It was a little heavy on the salt and not as much on the pepper. Even worse, if the piece wasn’t overly flavored, it was too dry making it very hard to chew.

The pea sprouts were probably the least offending, but one could argue that it’s hard to mess up vegetables. Although it wasn’t horrible, it still needed a little salt or flavor of some sort. Pdho dipped it with a fair amount of soy sauce, and I just ate the veggies with the pork chops so that the salt could be shared.

In spite of my criticism, the food wasn’t horrible, and at least, it wasn’t terribly expensive given the amount of food we had. Overall, the restaurant was pretty average, and it just goes to show that you get what you pay for.

PAFO Ratings for Queen’s House:
Price 2 ½ stars
Ambiance 2 ½ stars
Food 2 ½ stars
Overall rating 2 ½ stars

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