Denver >Food & Dining > Sidewok Cafe
4930 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020439.740238 -105.050837
Mon-Thu: 11am - 9:30pm Friday: 11am - 10:30pm Saturday: 11am - 10:00pm Sunday: 4pm - 9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest Denver, West Colfax
Best Vegetarian Chinese Food! – This is the best Chinese food on Colfax! I really like that they offer most (is not all, they seem willing to cook up anything for you) of their dishes with vegetarian meat. I had vegetarian beef with broccoli, and it was supper good. Just like beef, and low in cholesterol. My wife got the chicken lettuce wraps and she loved them. The sauce was tangy and authentic (I had to try a little of her's too :) ) And we got it all at a really great price. Also, our waitress was really nice. I think we met the owner too. Anyway, give this place a shot. Good stuff.
I don't know if their website is on here so I'll post it here:
-sidewokcafe dot com-
Poor Customer Service, Disgusting food – I ordered from Sidewok Cafe last Saturday for delivery. I ordered Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Sesame Chicken with side of Wonton Soup. After waiting over an hour, I called to ask about my delivery. The lady who answered said the delivery guy left a long time ago so he should be here very soon.... No apologies- nothing.
So I wait another 15 minutes and then get a call from delivery guy asking if I live near 6th ave. frontage road.... I told him I live on 16th pl. He informed me that he read the address wrong... umm okay. Still waiting.
He showed up with my food ten minutes later and to his credit, he did apologize.
When I opened my food, of course- everything was luke warm - including the soup. The sesame chicken was soggy and HERE'S the WORST PART: The chicken lettuce wraps were comprised of chicken, canned carrots, canned peas and KETCHUP! OMG ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. I bagged it all back up and opted to eat the only thing I had in my house-Top Ramen.
I called to ask about a refund for the inedible food and all the lady would say is, "well thats how some people like them." She told me her boss would be in later and that I could speak with him. Upon speaking with him, he said he wouldn't refund the lettuce wraps just because I didn't like them, but that he would refund the Sesame chicken because it was cold.
I told him that all the food was cold including the disgusting lettuce wraps, but he would only refund the sesame chicken.
All told, after my refund, I was out $10 even though I returned ALL of the food and ate Ramen for lunch and the owner clearly didn't give a crap at all.
bad, better, relapse – First ate here almost 3 years ago, it was terrible.
Tried it again about 6 months ago. Much improved!!!
Tried it again tonight. *sigh* back to crappy.
Long wait for carry-out, while one employee tried to man everything front of the house.
sesame chicken, breading was gummy, chicken was low quality.
Sweet and Sour pork, pork was low quality and extreme fatty.
Very good, prompt & hot delivery – As both negative reviews here were written over two years ago, I must believe the restaurant is under new ownership. Or the reviewers were having bad days. The Royal Chicken was a delicious blend of subtle & complementary flavors, and unlike the one reviewer's experience, my chicken dish had Plenty of chicken in it, as well as plenty of vegetables. The vegetable dumplings were delicious and served on top fresh shredded cabbage. The won ton soup was excellent, hot, with large won tons and large pieces of fresh sliced carrot and zucchini slightly cooked rather than minced frozen peas and carrots found in a lot of won tons. And while not exactly Chinese, the buffalo wings that I ordered were hot and had flavorful sauce more sweet than spicy.
And all this was Delivered Hot in a surprisingly timely , not brought to the table cold as in the one reviewer's unfortunate experience. It won't be the last time I order from Sidewok Cafe.
Vegetarian Paradise – We called during a blizzard, and these guys were open and delivering. We actually opted to walk there, and they had our food fresh made and hot within minutes. Both of us being vegetarians we were thrilled the faux-meat selection. Portions were huge and reasonably priced and the people working there were incredibly friendly. Whoever had a bad experience must have had a really off day or is a snobby gourmet.
Not as bad as you think – After eating at this place, is all i can say it is not what I really execpted, all i can say the food there is great, except one time i had fried rice and it seemed a little burnt, but once i told them about it they apologized qucikly and gave me a new one, and for free of charge. The service gotten there is average, becuase at times the service is amzing while at other times, i need t call the waitress for more water. But over all i would recommend it becuase again the food there is great espeacially the lemon ch.
Billed as an Asian Cafe, not quite.... – We arrived at 11:30am on a Wednesday afternoon. Present were several working class people, city workers and a few people who looked a little rough. No biggie. We were there to eat, not socialize. The menu looked promising, with lunch specials at about $5.95 as well as a few Thai dishes.
I ordered Yushan chicken and he ordered a spicy chicken off the lunch specials menu. While they were described distinctly different, the sauces were identical. There was no chicken to speak of in either dish, just lots of cheap vegetables. I ordered white rice, he ordered fried rice. Both were cold and they had only just opened minutes prior to our arrival.
I ordered egg drop soup, he ordered hot and sour. Both were awful and essentially inedible. My egg drop soup tasted "burned", if that is even possible.
fFnally, the fortune cookies were stale.
We wont be back - there are lots of Asian choices on Federal and Alameda which is only about 2.5 miles away. They far exceed this place by light years both in authenticity and quality. Life is too short to eat bad food.
Trying to do too many things – I have found in my life if a place tries to do more than one type of food (i.e. Chinese, Thai, or whatever) they never get any of them right. I was reading the previous positive review and needed people to know the truth. This place was not good. It seems to me the owner may have written the positive review because I'm pretty sure he'd be the only person that liked the food from this place. The food was not fresh, the crabragoon were dry, and the Kung Pao Chicken was stale (peanuts and chicken). What makes a chicken taste stale you may ask...well honestly I don't know but this place made that happen. I would not go here again and would never suggest anyone does.
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