Portland >Food & Dining > Chinese Village Restaurant
520 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721645.518718 -122.578904
Neighborhoods: Montavilla, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Great food at a great price..but the bar is kinda scary – This restaurant has some of the best Chinese food in Portland. Everytime I go here, I don't order from the "family dinner" specials. Generally, that food is greasy and tasteless and very Americanized (caters to white people taste). Instead, I highly recommend ordering from the family style dinners. The hot and sour soup is the best anywhere. A downfall to this restaurant, however, is how smoky the atmosphere is because of the adjoining bar. Another thing is that there are usually parties singing loud and bad karaoke on any given weekend. Also, the bathrooms are a little scary because the drunken people share the same one and the sober restauranters and I wouldn't recommend allowing any children under 18 to go in there alone. My 12 year old sister nearly got all her hair cut off once by a drunken bar woman. In summary, the food here is great, but I'd highly recommend takeout unless you don't mind second hand smoke or loud karaoke or random barfights breaking out into the restaurant (something I've witnessed more than once).
Less than stellar – I visited here on the recommendation of a friend. Perhaps we made an unfortunate menu decision, but we had egg rolls which were very very greasy and may have contained Cream Of Mushroom soup, and some other very very greasy dishes, except for the Subgum Chow Mein, which was not exceptional, but not really flavorful either. It tasted like an artistic interpretation of chinese food by someone who had never actually eaten any. However, the value was good, we got a lot of greasy food for our dollars.
Ack! – While the service wasn't bad, and there's actually something to be said for the 1970's-type Chinese decor, this was the worst Chinese food I've had in the United States. One or two dishes were just OK, but honestly, others were not reasonably edible. None of it was very Chinese -- almost like someone who had seen pictures of (but never tasted) Chinese food was doing the cooking.
Don't waste your time – Your typical Chinese restaurant in appearance, but the food does not rate well. While prices are comperable to other similar family-style places, and the portions are fairly large, the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Heavy on fried foods, which may not be obvious from the menu. I definitely advise against the duck, which was shredded and took on the look and feel of a tuna fish sandwich. It was then encapsulated in batter and fried (like almost everything else brought to us). The egg rolls are twice the size of most, but laden with grease.
A reason I'd like to move to China. – I those AYCE Chinese buffets were more like this, I'd eat at them every day. This food is fantastic, prepared the way Chinese is supposed to be, and on top of that, it's not all that expensive, except for the BBQ pork (this is pricey in all Chinese restaurants; I have yet to understand why), and the seating is fabulous, with tons of private booths, along with a bar for cocktails before dinner. For people who really like privacy--eat in the bar. This place also seems to have the best hot mustard in town. Fantastic Chinese art on the walls. I'll be back here next week.
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