Fell in Love. I went to Susanna Foo on a Sunday night and had a very romantic experience. The dining room was very elegant and the service was outstanding. We started with a dumpling sampler and the tuna tasting for appetizers. For entree I had the scallop dish and it was delicious. My husband had tea smoked duck dish and was very impressed. We shared a btl of red wine our meal and had a nice port with dessert. Over all I had a great experience.
What a Total Disappointment!.
We were really looking forward to dining at Susanna Foo for restaurant week - but boy, was I disappointed. We had made our reservations several weeks in advance and when we arrived for dinner, instead of being sat in the main dining room on the first floor (which has a lovely ambience) we were taken upstairs to what appeared to be a rarely used back room and sat at a plastic folding table (!!) covered with a tablecloth right near the busboy and waiter station. It was kind of like being sat at the "kid's table" while all the adults ate in the other room. The service was fine but couldn't make up for the D-List atmosphere.
The menu was surprisingly brief and uninspired. The dumplings and hot and sour soup were servicible, but I have certainly had better at hole-in-the-wall Chinatown places. We chose the cold sesame noodles and the pad thai for our entrees, and while the sesame noodles were good (albeit a strange offering for an entree) the pad thai was a disgrace - bland, underseasoned, colorless, gummy.
The wine list consisted of exactly four choices - we chose a bottle of merlot that was fine, until we got to the last glasses, which were cloudy and full of sediment. Very unappetizing.
All in all, I was shocked at the atmosphere (or lack thereof) and being relegated to some "overflow" room, especially considering the fact that we made our reservations weeks in advance and paid well over $100 for a dinner for two.
I've had far better food from Chinese take-outs or at any number of places in Philly's Chinatown. Don't waste your money at this place. Its reputation is outdated and frankly, undeserved.
Worst food I had this summer .. the appetizers were great, the entrees were horrible, the service good, the price too high. Will never eat there again.
Amazing. Dumpling sampler is delicious. Worth the $20+. I had the szechuan seafood platter, delicious, my girlfriend had the peaking duck, also delicious. Portion sizes were impressive for a fine dining establishment. I got a Chinese firecracker to drink, probably the only thing i did not like about the entire meal. Price was expensive ($140 for 2) but the meal was well worth it
Good food/experience but not worth all the hype. Susanna Foo had been on my list of places to try for quite awhile but I never deemed it pricey enough to make it a good bargain to go for Restaurant Week. Overall, I felt that we had a positive experience with very good food but that it didn't live up to the hype that it gets. I will say that I found it far better than Buddhakan in both food and atmosphere. As far as the food goes, we had the Dumpling Sampler for 2 and Seafood Wonton Soup appetizers, the Szechwan Prawn and Scallops, Mongolian Lamb, and Pheasant entrees, and the Creme Brulee, Raspberry Caramel Tart, and Sorbet desserts. All dishes received positive reviews except for the Seafood Wonton soup which was deemed too salty. The service was friendly and professional but I found it to be fairly slow especially for a Tuesday night. The meal lasted about 1hr 45 minutes for a standard 3 courses. Also, Susanna Foo herself walked through the dining room while we were there but did not stop to greet any of the patrons, which I felt was a little unprofessional. In the end, I enjoyed the food enough that I would return in the future but with so many other good options to choose from in Philadelphia, I more than likely won't.
excellent appetizer and desert, very disappointing entree. I went to Susanna Foo with my boyfriend for the first time two days ago. When we walked in, we were very impressed with the classy ambience. We had a lovely waiter who recommended the duck entree but neither of us were in the mood for it. So I ordered the pork pot-stickers for appetizer and the mushu pork with steamed pancakes and hoisin sauce for the entree while my boyfriend ordered the mongolian lamb with eggplant. The pork pot-stickers were amazing although it could do away with some grease. The pork in the dumpling was juicy and had a taste that sets it apart from the dim sum at chinatown. Having had the appetizer, I had very high expectations for the entree. Sad to say though, the entrees were major disappointments. The presentation simply wasn't there; the dishes looked like ordinary stir fried dishes from a chinese restaurant served on extra clean plates. I would not be rating the place 2 stars if the dishes tasted as ordinary as they looked but to our further dismay, both our entrees tasted horrible. My mushu pork was extremely salty that my tongue numbed after 3 mouths full. In addition, my boyfriend's lamb on was smelly and he was very convinced that it must have been in the freezer for months. The eggplant that was stir fried together had an unusually unpleasant spongy texture. To get rid of the unpleasant after taste of these dishes, we ordered the ricotta cheesecake which thankfully was consoling. Overall, I am very disappointed with the restaurant and will never return.
Food Great... Service not so great!. First experience with Foo's and probably the last. We waited for everything an extremely long time. Food I can understand, but to wait for menus, to order, and the check. I expected more from this establishment than they delivered. Food on the other hand, really astonishing. Beautiful and delicious, although a great restaurant should be able to accommodate a party of 6 in a timely matter!
overrated. while delicious, it's too expensive & only serves tiny portions...definitely worth going to once...fabulous eggplant
Best Asian Fusion Ever. I truly loved my experience here. The scallops were thebest I've ever had. Dessert was as good as the main course.
Loud & Waaaay Over-Rated. The room was very loud (red lantern room) which is fine for a casual restaurant but not for fine dining. The waiter couldn't answer simple questions about the wine list. The samosas were good but the positives really end there. The shrimp had not been deveined (EEK!) and the coconut creme caramel was basically runny flan. We definitely felt like they were pushing us out the door. Will never go back. Lee How Fook in China Town is excellent and so much cheaper.
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