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Posted by mike yoon on 12/16/2012
Our regular place has closed so we thought we give Chinatown Garden a try. We went in for dine in and ordered : sweet & sour chicken, chicken and broccoli, and pork fried rice. We took our first bite into the s&s chicken and it was a hard, dried piece. A horrible taste. So I tried again with one that wasn't so hard. Still an unappetizing taste. My wife tried the chicken & broccoli: flavorless and dry. The pork fried rice had large chunks of pork in it but it still tasted bad. Not only that, the service was poor. In the beginning, they made us wait even though there is workers at front because they were chatting. The server talked very rude and slammed down our food on the table. When we complained they yelled, "then go somewhere else!" Me and my wife was stunned and speechless. We immediately got up leaving the ordered food along with money for the food because its not worth the trouble. And there they were, demanding for tip that did not meet 15% which they called required minimum. Later we found out they had very poor review already. This is the most disappointing restaurant I ever have encountered!
Posted by Michael on 04/14/2012
Stay away! If there was a possibility for 1 start, I'd most definitely choose it. To begin, my childhood friend came to visit and we wanted to show him a good time. We wanted Mings (the best Chinese in DC) but they were backed up for an hour (for a reason). The staff at Chinatown Gareden was extremely rude and slow. We waited a good ten minutes before someone came to us, and when they did, they just asked "what do you want to order?" I ordered the chow mein because I thought they would be crispy noodles, but when the dish came, it was a slop of old vegetables and stale crackers. I asked is this chow mein and the waitress yelled, yes YELLED!, " yeah, it's chow mein" and proceeded to throw it on the table. Needless to say the food was tasteless. The general consensus was that the food was bland. The most embarrassing part was when we were given our check we wanted to give a 12.5% tip, but the waitress began to argue with us. She yelled at my friend for daring to give such a bad tip when in honest she deserved nothing because she never once stopped to check how we were doing. We exacted revenge when a large group of about ten was about to walk in and we warned them before they suffered the same fate as us. Please...stay away and make sure businesses like this don't sully DC's name.
Posted by Jennifer Ho on 03/23/2012
No one can beat this location and food servered so fast. We need something quick but good before a ball game. This was one of restaurant someone suggested to us. It's great and we will returnt again.
Posted by Ken on 09/10/2011
My wife, a vegetarian, ordered the garlic broccoli and was served Green Giant frozen broccoli that had been hanging around in a steam drawer for hours only to have some thin soy-like sauce containing some chopped garlic splashed over it. My dish of pork featured some pieces of hard pork soaking in a sauce remarkably similar to that my wife received except it was paired with the frozen Green Giant "Oriental Medley" from the adjoining steam drawer. Would be willing to bet that there are no more than 4 different steamed frozen vegetable mixes, several piles of pre-heated "meats" and less than a handful of sauces. Two dinners and two warm oil soaked egg rolls came to $31, and our waitress, conspicuously absent most of the meal, literally stood at attention about 8 ft away after delivering the check. My wife and I bantered on for some time, wearing the waitress out. I wrote "cook Chinese food" where the tip amount was supposed to go and we split.
Posted by John B on 04/13/2011
This is the rare restaurant that achieves the grand slam; dreadful service, uncaring staff and absolutely subpar food. We should have left after the leaden, flavorless Vegetable won ton soup. Pan fried noodles, soft-shell crab and seafood with Chef special sauce (corn starch and chicken base) would not be acceptable in the fast-food take-outs across America. The prices were high. Quality low. Not Chinatown fare. Fortunately, I was able to dissuade the French family, walking into the joint, of entering, thus avoiding a possible international culinary incident.
Posted by Hannah on 03/21/2011
The spring rolls were cold on the inside even after we asked them to bring us new ones. There was lipstick on my glass. The servers were rude and the food in general wasn't better than a TV dinner. When I decided to not leave a tip, one of the waitresses accosted me and told me "what the tip should be." Hello, it's called gratuity for a reason! Later while looking at my credit card statement, they had added additional tip. Rude, sub-par, AND fraudulent? Disgraceful.
Posted by Peter on 12/03/2009
Nice location in Chinatown, food is above average in Washington DC Chinese restaurant. Service is very fast, did not wait for long.