San Jose >Food & Dining > Pagoda Restaurant
170 S Market St, San Jose, CA | Directions 9511337.332359 -121.889263
Neighborhoods: Central San Jose, Central
best chinese food i have tasted in a long time – we got a groupon for pagoda and decided to try it on a thursday night. there was a guy playing the piano and singing at the bar area which was separate from the dinning area. You can easily hear him though so it was a pleasant sound and not overbearing.
the ambiance of the restaurant was nice and good for fine dinning. not too fine thought that you feel uncomfortable and have to dress up.
the staff was very nice and courteous and obviously chinese. we ordered the honey walnut prawns which we always order at every chinese restaurant to determine the quality of food. First off, the food came fast and all together :) i like that... i hate the pretentiousness of things coming in one after the other. so about the prawns, they were fresh and had a slight crispiness about the batter... soooo good... the walnuts were cut in smaller pieces and very crunchy and tasty. yummy. best honey walnyt prawns that we have every tasted.
next one that we ordered were prawns and scallop with brocolli. the brocollis were so fresh and tasty. i would normally not finish the brocolli when i order these kinds of food but for the first time, every piece was as eventful as the first one... the scallops and prawns was so fresh and nicely cooked. not chewy at all.
for desert we had the mango ginger creme brulee... oh la la yummy!!! melt in your mouth.
we are for sure coming back to this restaurant. every month if possible. it is sad there is not many people who frequent eating at places like these that look pricey because they are at the hotel... but they are definitely one you dont want to miss, esp if your in downtown san jose.
The classiest Chinese restaurant in town. – The Scene
The luxurious setting of the downtown Fairmount Hotel logically demands equal elegance from its upscale restaurant. The Pagoda, with its rich red booths, dark, sleek columns and fresh flower arrangements promises a beautiful setting to match the hotel.
Pagoda offers wonderfully prepared Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. All the staples are well represented and worthwhile. The lemon chicken is thickly battered and covered in a rich sweet citrus sauce. The various chow mein dishes are some of the best that you'll find anywhere in Silicon Valley. The noodles are thin, sticky and crunchy and they are topped with plenty of freshly prepared ingredients. Don't miss the appetizers-both the egg rolls and pot stickers are lovely. Pagoda also offers a good number of vegetarian and tofu dishes.
Overrated – I was highly disappointed in the food at Pagoda. The lemon chicken tasted like sticky sweet donuts and the honey walnut prawns, the few they actually give you.....were not good. The prices are outrageous, especially since the food was actually less satisfying than most neighborhood Chinese establishments. Nice ambience, but highly overrated place. I will not go back.
Delicious – The atmosphere is great for any special occasion you might want to celebrate. The best dish are the honwy walnut prawns- just outstanding. The service is really attentive and charming.
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