Plymouth >Food & Dining > Tea House Restaurant
88 Nathan Ln N, Plymouth, MN | Directions 5544144.978961 -93.407950
Tea House has my Vote! – I eat at a lot of asian restaurants, and I've never been to one that has left me feeling how Tea House did.
I wanted to come back every day!
I don't know where to start! How about the vast amount of dishes, the authenticity of the Szechuan style dishes, the impeccable and prompt service, or the inviting atmosphere?
Take your pick, they've mastered it all.
In fact, I'm heading there tonight!
Don't punish yourself to eat at the greasy "Amerinese" restaurant that uses more oil than a boeing 747. Try the authentic stuff at a restaurant where the tastiness comes from spice rather than oil.
Fantastic – Best Chinese food I have eaten in YEARS! Best Chinese food I have eaten in the Cities! Service was fantastic, prices were good. Highly recommend. This is my first review, so it must have been good to make it worth my effort to write a review!
Tea House is superb – Authentic Chinese food, a rarity in the twin cities is delivered every day by some of the nicest wait staff anywhere. Chung King chicken is spicy hot and crisp. The boiled fish mind bending in its moistness and heat, think the Chinese version of Nobu's miso marinated cod. Garlic shredded pork is beautiful. The only thing not to order here is standard American Chinese such as sweet and sour pork or lemon chicken. It misses the mark. Stick with the Chinese menu which has depth and delivers. You'll find many Chinese patrons digging this food.
authentic southern china food. Bad service – Very good food if you like hot and spicy food. It is as authentic as you can get in twin cities. service needs to be vastly improved.
drastic turn downhill – Previously I've had some great food here -- the traditional menu was always tasty. They must have gotten some really bad chefs recently, since nothing has any flavor now. A month ago my wife ordered five-spice shrimp. They seemed to forget most of the spices. Last weekend I went with my old standby, kung pao beef, which was always nicely spicy if you ordered it off the traditional menu. It had zero flavor, so it got sent back with the specific complaint that it had zero kick. It came back with a complimentary green bean dish (which we didn't want, and didn't like), but STILL had no flavor. They didn't do anything different. If I wasn't so hungry at that point, I would have given up and left, but I just added hot sauce and dealt with it. Never again, the chefs have no clue anymore I guess. I suggest avoiding the place unless you like expensive bland Americanized Chinese food, until they hire some decent help.
Best in the Cities! – I moved here from Chicago and this is, hands down, the best Chinese food in the cities! Fresh, spicy and authentic. Order off the authenic menu, even at lunch! I have never had a problem with service but I do typically take out - we had a large party (11 people) there for dinner, on a Saturday night, and the service was excellent. Highly recommended!
Authentic Mandarin cuisine, tucked away in a suburban strip mall. – In Short
The spacious, attractive restaurant is across the street from the Willow Creek theater, which makes it a popular pre-movie stop. The Tea House has two menus. One caters to Chinese diners and features authentic Mandarin-style dishes, such as pickled vegetable and fish soup and stir-fried beef stomach and tendon. The less adventurous stick to the Americanized menu, with standard fried appetizers (egg rolls, dumplings, crab fritters) and entrees ranging from kung pao to foo yong.
It is all about service – I agree with what most reviewers say about the food - it is really good and spicy. I will not contest that since we are regulars here. I only wish their service was better. They take forever and more on busy nights. Of course, last night we could not even get in though we got there at 9:10. Their hours read 9:30 but we were turned away. Maybe they have a policy, but one of the waitresses saw us at the door (which was locked) and simply turned her back to us - not exactly what one would expect from an establishment that should care about service.
Spicy, Delcious Chinese - Best in the Twin Cities – First, make sure you ask for the "authentic" menu. Otherwise you might as well stop at your local Chinese restaurant on the corner. Then sit back and enjoy some unbelievable, relatively authentic dishes. The cocunut breaded shrimp with broccoli and the red pepper chicken dish are both amazing.
It is a little pricey, but so are good Thai restaurants in the Cities. You get what you pay for.
Average, at best – I made the drive to this location based on reviews made by citysearch. I expected a lot and didn't get what I wanted. There is a lot of selection and my friend and I ordered an appetizer, wonton and egg drop soup, and three different entrees. All were mediocre, at best, and pretty spendy for asian food. Plus, the service was lacking. Maybe a worthwhile place, if you're in the area.
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