Sigh. If only the good restaurants around here could keep their standards consistent. Taste of China used to be the absolute best Chinese food in town. But, after tonight, I would just describe it as average. Meh.
There are six of us, so we get a good selection and hence impression of the dishes tonight. We start with golden fried vegetables. Massive blobs of something – I can’t even tell what kind of vegetable I am supposed to be eating. They all taste the same. Too much batter, no flavour at all, until you scrape bits of ginger and spring onion off the bottom of the platter. Then the prawns. Again, way too much batter and no flavour whatsoever. The prawns had been frozen and are almost mushy. The best starter is the honey-glazed pork ribs but they aren’t amazing, either. The flavour is good but they are a little overcooked. The spring rolls are okay but are also lacking flavour. Uninspired vegetables rolled up in dough and thrown in the deep frier.
So my hopes lie in the mains. The vegetable fried rice looks okay, but I don’t have any of it. The sweet and sour pork is mainly sweet and I again feel that the meat is overcooked. The kung pao chicken is okay but also doesn’t impress me. But worst: the squid. I insisted on the squid because it used to be my favourite dish. But today, it’s mostly corn starch with a few pieces of mushy squid in it.
Needless to say, I’m not even going to try dessert. I’m done after a few bites of the mains. And that’s a big thing for me to say. My tummy is also not very impressed and gives me a few upset rumbles.
At least the bill is acceptable for Westlands – I would have been even more disappointed to have been overcharged for a mediocre meal.