Houston >Food & Dining > Cafe 121 Chinese Restaurant
5727 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.736969 -95.477493
Neighborhoods: Woodlake/ Briar Meadow, Westside
Better Quality Chinese Food – AWESOME Chinese food (considering the area is infiltrated with low-class disease-ridden so-called "Chinese Restaurants"). The service was great; he was very prompt, respectable, and well-mannered.
I started with the Crab Puffs and Chicken Lettuce Wraps (both hearty portions).
Had their fantastic Hot & Sour Soup for my entree.
Finished with the Cappuccino Truffle and Mango Sorbet served in a Mango Shell for dessert.
Delicious – Long time Houston residents and we've probably tried every Chinese Restaurant in town. For the money and quality, Cafe 121 cannot be beat. We continue to wonder why it has not been discovered. Everything is fresh and bursting with flavor. The wait staff are very friendly, quick and accommodating. Another thing I love is the food is not oily and feels lighter but without a compromise in flavor.
Our favorite Chinese restaurant in Houston (so far) – I'm always amazed at how few people are in this restaurant when I eat there. My fiance and I have been there several times and have always enjoyed the food and the service. The staff is very attentive and kind. The atmosphere is very upscale and clean. There are even a couple of TVs that are usually tuned to whatever the big sporting event is that night. We enjoy the taste of the crab puffs (we're picky about that), but it's obvious that they're frozen since they're usually a little cold in the middle. I really like the 'egg corn' soup. Our favorite dishes here are the mango chicken and the pineapple chicken. I do not recommend the sweet and sour chicken unless you like yours to be extra greasy.
NOT RECOMMENDED!!! RUN AWAY. They are a NO-GO at this station. – To the point. Server was great. Even waited til we were finished with the app. and soup. It was ok. Egg rolls..all frozen. Havent been to a place yet that were actually made. We received our main dish. Mine was really bad. I even tired to pawn it off on my lady. She didnt like it. Even said the samething I said. "Something is not right with that". Asked for a replacement. Was told by mangement...no. But, I could order another dish. And pay for them both. Decided not too. Sat there with them watching me for the next 20mins. Never took more than two bites. THEY STILL CHARGED ME...STILL For a place open only 6mths..bad choice.
Your not missing anything. Better off going buffet. :(
Great lunch menue, pepper steak was great, price reasonable, soup good, egg roll small – I have to disagree with some of the reviews i have only had one item from this place and it was the pepper steak lunch item. This came with egg roll and soup (I chose Hot & Sour) for about 7-8 bucks. The pepper steak was super and the hot & sour was good i am a fan of hot & sour and this is a make it or break it item for me. Bad soup and i will not visit again... Their soup is about a 3.88 out of 5 so it is not bad at all. Egg roll was good but a little small about 3/4 the size of a regular egg roll... Overall i would recommend based on what i have had so far.
summer rolls/spring rolls – check the menu before you order. Im sure the soggy roll person meant to order the vietnamese egg rolls. misinterpretations can happen on asian menus especially when combining 3-4 different cultures in one restaurant.
Great Food! – After reading some of these reviews, I have to disagree with the person who wrote about the spring rolls. I'm asian myself and the spring rolls they make at Cafe 121 is right on the money. If she was to go to every other asian restaurants, i am pretty sure 90% would make their spring rolls the same exact way. Also the General Tso's Chicken is awesome! The chicken is so tender and melts in your mouth. This is a great new place to dine at and has great service! I highly recommend it!
Soft sogy unfried spring rolls??? WHAT THE? – I just made a phone order from Cafe 121, I tried to get authentic Vietnamese style spring rolls (tightly rolled and stuffed to the rim, with mainly vegetables and meat and a little glass noodles, see through style rice noodles that is). I ordered 10 of their Spring rolls, which they categorized as such for 1.45 Each....well I was hoping for the typical great taste I am used to from spring rolls as I have known it from Vietnam or Vietnamese restaurants from Europe. How dumb I was to expect authentic cuisine! Once the delivery guy brought it, I opened it up and to my surprise I got some raw looking, as in unfried, rolls....I did research on them, because I never saw them before, well they are called "Summer Rolls" and are unfried rolls stuffed with shrimp or chicken with lettuce, and bamboo sprouts and rice noodles. Well these were HUGE...but 90% of which they were stuffed with rice noodles....I mean for crying out loud, you are paying 1.45 for noodles that is ridiculous! If you put Spring Rolls on your Menu, let your customers know that these are not the USUAL spring rolls, but are what is in this country referred to as "Summer Rolls". You can imagine I felt mad and cheated, and that's 15 dollars for the trash, because I did not eat no unfried weird looking spring rolls that are almost only stuffed with a little lettuce 3-4 tiny slices of chicken, and with a huge burrito size chunk of glass noodles! If I wanted noodles I would have ordered such, or just got myself some cheap Ramen! Horrible menu, because falsely classified food!!! Do not order, unless you want unauthentic Asian food, that is on top of it all mislabeled! I have been eating authentic Vietnamese spring rolls since I am 5, and now am close to 30, but these that Cafe 121 serves are the most horrid nasty misrepresented spring rolls I have ever seen!
Great Chinese Food – I am a very picky eater!! But this place was very good. I have eaten lunch here 4x now. Let me start with the atmosphere. This is not some hole in the wall dump. The furniture is very nice and there are 2 private dinning room in the back. They have a fully stock bar and flat screen tvs where you can catch a game. I always get the egg drop soup. It has very unique taste. They actually leave whole corn kernels in it instead of just being corn stock based.
The meat weather it is chicken or beef is always tender. The owner David told me they marinade the meat over night. My recommendation is to try the Mongolian Beef. My waiter always makes sure my glass of water is always full. I wish this place a lot of success and I look forward to many more meals at Cafe 121.
Excels in nothing but mediocrity. Overpriced, oversalted, canned food, and pathetic service. – My fiance and I walked in on a Sunday evening. There were only two other tables.
We noticed that hot tea was $1.75 (for a tea bag and hot water?), so I got water, and he asked about beer. The waitress started with their most expensive imported beer, and then stopped and waited. Hungry and unwilling to drag the rest of the list out of her, he got water too. It came without lemon. When we wanted to ask the waitress for some, we noticed she was nowhere in sight.
Eventually she came back . She did actually write the orders down and repeat them back. We had the "Kung Pao Shrimp" ($8.95) and the "Tangy Spicy Chicken" ($7.50) which included soup, eggroll, and fried rice. We got a couple of small soup cups half full of broth with one underdone wonton in the bottom. Then, we each got one finger-sized egg roll and one cream cheese puff (both the prefrozen foodservice kind), but no plates or sauces to eat them with. We badly needed more water. We looked for the waitress, but she had disappeared on us again.
By this time (about 8:30) the other two tables had gone and we were alone. When the food came it was barely warm. They came with two large scoops of mushy flavorless brown rice. I got only FIVE total medium sized shrimp (for $8.95!), some broccoli and peanuts, and a sauce so salty I could barely choke it down, and in fact could not finish it. The dish had dry hot peppers diced into it, so I could not pick them out, and chewing them was like trying to eat shrimp shells. Disgusting. His dish was neither "tangy" nor "spicy," but was equally heavily oversalted. It contained canned mushrooms and used cheaper jicama instead of water chestnuts (oh, yes, we can tell the difference, we cook with fresh and dried mushrooms and jicama at home).
The waitress did not come out even once to check on us. We had to call her over again to get the check. We won't be back.
There are hundreds of GOOD Chinese restaurants in Houston. Why bother with this one?
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