Plano >Food & Dining > Lion City Chinese Cafe
2109 W Parker Rd Ste 210, Plano, TX | Directions 7502333.042235 -96.735081
Closed on Monday
Great food, service and price. One of the best meals in DFW! – I read a review that mentioned bad and slow service. I can't speak for back in 2008, but now it's 2009 and the service was excellent! The man who takes your order also goes back to the kitchen and brings you your food in less than 10 minutes. I went there twice last week to take some visiting Indonesian executives, all of whom LOVED the place. We had Hainan chicken and rice and curry puffs and we cleaned our plates both times. Authentic, scrumptious food, no nonsense service (and no frills, but to me that is a positive). This restaurant is a true gem!
Great food, bad infrastructure, pretty bad service = Takeout – I've heard about this place as one of the few (only?) Malaysian places in town. Went on a Thursday night to the NW corner of the intersection. The four stars are based purely on the food.
The Good: Prices are largely under $10 per entree and since there is no beer or wine, you'd be hard pressed to spend more than $15 per person at the outer limit. The food is largely competent and often excellent. For those that haven't experienced Malay or Nyonya cooking, but like Indian and/or Thai, this will be a treat. For those that have had excellent Malay/Nyonya cooking in the past, this will serve as a pretty competent rendition. It was really, really tasty from my perspective!
The Bad: The one guy that takes orders, also cleans up after customers, delivers the food and takes payment. In Management Operations we would call him a "bottleneck." He tries, but frankly doesn't succeed. His English is virtually non-existent and it's hard to communicate with him.
The Ugly: The place is a bit of a hole in the wall. The AC only appears to work in the kitchen, not in the restaurant. If you place yourself near the kitchen door you can catch a cool breeze. Better to not deal with the bad and the ugly and get the food to go. McDonalds has a nice ambiance relative to Lion City!
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