China Garden

don't know what has happened with this promising restaurant...the various dishes were originally very tasty and we considered it the best in the area....and now, of 5 or so visits, the quality has gradually degraded with our last 3 or so visits....tonight we ordered Szechuan Chicken, Chicken and Broccoli, and Shrimp Toast.....both the chicken dishes contained no discernible chicken meat, just chicken fat and chicken skin....the shrimp toast had a bland, almost fatty texture and taste....disgusting.....we let them know......hope they pay attention.....

zentravl zentravl
Dec '19

That's the problem with these places . Business is slow so in turn they
offer a lesser quality product. That's what the trend has been lately
at least. It stinks.

herman
Dec '19

Go to Hong Kong Palace. Top quality, and they will cook your food to your dietary preference.

happiest girl
Dec '19

We were very disappointed with Hong Kong Palace- when we were there last..............

4catmom 4catmom
Dec '19

Explain??

happiest girl
Dec '19

Here we go again. lol
Back and forth and having to explain who likes what place or why not.

Don't like a place: don't go. I swear, sometimes I feel like competitors rag on each other on the forum.

DogDayAfternoon
Dec '19

Now you have to explain why people don’t have to explain.
Then the definition of a forum comes out.
Thread highjack!

Never tried either, tried Yummy House over in Belv/White area, was real good.

Roywhite Roywhite
Dec '19

Got sick off of China Garden’s beef they make there, 3 weeks ago. Won’t go back.
The Bamboo Kitchen on 517 has turned into my new place!

Litup
Dec '19

I like their General Tso's chicken a lot. Haven't had any issues.

Metsman Metsman
Dec '19

I have not had any bad experiences with China Garden. They are my go-to Chinese takeout place.

SquirrelGirl SquirrelGirl
Dec '19

They were our go to until we got that disgusting mess of chicken skin rather than actual chicken...............

4catmom 4catmom
Dec '19

We love China Garden - so far, so good for a few years. Got Palace once and it was huge balls for Tso and didn't like the rice. Bamboo Kitchen also very nice. I think it's all a matter of taste.

DogDayAfternoon
Dec '19

It’s gross I’m not expert and don’t claim to be but that place is beyond dirty. Hunan wok is easily the cleanest and best tasting around my Friday night go to


Unfortunately, I have to take back the positive feedback I gave about China Garden here. There’s a beef dish I get there regularly and the last two times it has been subpar. Tonight takes the cake though. The beef smelled like chemicals and smelled/tasted like chlorine. The dish was saltier and greasier than ever before.

I’m bummed to have to find another place, but something is definitely up at CG.

SquirrelGirl SquirrelGirl
Jan '20

I hope you passed on eating that one.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Jan '20

I saw that they are putting a brand new Chinese/ thai place in riverside plaza at the end store. The signs just went up. Might be worth a try

Douglas78
Jan '20

Douglas78

The new restaurant at Riverside are family of the Asian Kitchen Chinese/Thai place in Washington
My favorite Chinese restaurant in the area! Delicious food !! Wonderful Won Ton Soup!! People are very friendly polite and courteous! Very Clean Place too!!
I was told this place is opening up this month !!
Cannot wait!!


Lion is this open ?? Do you know the name ? Can't find anything online. One more question do they have seating to eat in ??


SZECHUAN ROYALE is still very good. they stopped delivery to us because we are about .1 miles too far. the food is decent tho.


JimT

I was told by a family member from Washington reastaurant that it is opening after Chines New Year which is this coming week I believe It is Asian Kitchen located next to Riverside Fitness in Hackettstown
Their phone number is 908 852 8889
If it is like the restaurant in Washington there are a couple of small tables for Dining In
Food is very good!


Lion

Chinese New Year was actually last week, Saturday Jan, 25th, though Festivities do run for several weeks:

https://chinesenewyear.net/calendar/#spring-festival

Phil D. Phil D.
Feb '20

As of Thursday afternoon they were still not open. It is in the Riverside Plaza but on the opposite end from the gym.

JrzyGirl88 JrzyGirl88
Feb '20

Thanks Lion, We used to go to China Garden but were put off by the bad comments. My wife is not too happy with SZECHUAN ROYALE . We tried Bamboo Kitchen last night and thought was pretty good. I will try the new one when it opens. I Just wish they had better in restaurant dining like Hong Kong Palace and SZECHUAN ROYALE just to get out for a while in the winter


We still use Hunan Wok is Port Colden Mall Washington, on the other side of the mall from the DMV location. Must have new cook, now when you ask for really spicy, you really get spicy.

Clean, consistent, seems worth the drive for us.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Feb '20

Wow I can't believe some of the posts in here. I have never, ever had an issue with their food. I can't speak for your experience, but I will share mine...

For 10+ years I've been going to China Garden and there is only one reason why: the best Chinese food at the best price. Hands down. No comparison to any other Chinese restaurant in town (I've tried every spot at least once a year to compare). What's surprising is they keep improving the quality of their food and renovating. Anytime I call in an order, they have it ready for me in 10-15 minutes for pickup, even during peak hours.

In comparison Hong Kong Palace and Szechuan Royale are both way over priced for what you get and the quality/taste is lacking.

If you want the best Chinese in town, get it here.

ChineseFoodLover ChineseFoodLover
Feb '20

Where is China garden?

Pumpkin43 Pumpkin43
Feb '20

Well, if you only have one post and your handle is CFL; that’s the post.

Wonder if you get extra egg roll with that accolade :-)

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Feb '20

I think that China Garden is the best of the ones in our town, as well. Only once have I ever had a problem with an order, and that was only because they forgot something. They didn't just tell me that I can get a free item on a later visit, they insisted that they deliver it to my house right away, which they did. I've also been going there at least 10 years and their food has always been great.


Rich - the 2nd time we ordered the food was inedible - so never again- it was within the last few weeks

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '20

Was informed just yesterday that Asian Kitchen is opening February 11 2020 Next Week !!! It is located by Riverside Fitness

Cannot wait!!


I hope the Thai food as Asian Kitchen is good. I've never found a combination Chinese/Thai place to actually do Thai well. Hope this place changes that statement.


I am amazed how some restaurants have such a wide range of reviews. From a couple of perfect-for-over-decades to getting chicken-fat or bleached-beef; most, if not all of, these seem to be real HLer's, not drive-bys. I can understand an oops here and there, but from perfection to Chlorox is a huge leap. Just seem strange and this is not the only place round here reviewed like that.

Given the travel, the year, I have been dosed in many states, many times, but I always figure that's the life of the traveler. Rarely have I ever been dosed here at home. Maybe twice in three decades here. Some funny dosing stories:
- in San Fran, at a fish house overlooking the bridge, sun setting, I ask the waiter, "what's good bring me that with some speed as I have a flight to catch. Wanna guess what it's like to be on the red eye when you get that funny feeling
- in San Antonio got bumped from the seminar hotel to a really swank place on the Riverwalk. Feeling cocky, I ordered something with a white sauce --- a no-no on my travelers rules, but hey, I am feeling lucky. Wanna guess what it's like to start your speech when you get that funny feeling. Or what you feel when you run outside and there are no cabs.....
But wait......there's more.....but you get the idea.

Personally, like a bad night of drinking ends my use of that particular liquor, I won't return or go to a place that made me or others sick. I see a couple of reviews here, from folks known, like that and it's avoidance time.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Feb '20

I was one of the people who staunchly defended China Garden earlier in this thread. That is, until I got 2 mediocre orders of Beef Chow Mei Fun and eventually, the dreaded Clorox Beef Chow Mei Fun.

Whether others have had a good experience for a decade or a day, it means nothing when you've been sold one of the most disgusting things you've ever tasted in your life. I'm bummed. CG is close to home and they are fast and usually efficient. But it's the whole fool me once thing. I ignored the two times my dish was meh and got kicked in the stomach when I ordered it a third time.

At this point, I have now tried Hong Kong, Bamboo Kitchen, Hackettstown Chinese, Schezuan Royale, and West Lake in Mt. Olive. West Lake seems the best so far (based on one order, so I'll need to try it again; don't love the driving distance).

There seems to be a trend with Chinese restaurants: they're excellent the first six months to a year and then the consistency goes haywire. I'm looking forward to trying the new place by Riverside. Hopefully they start out with good food and remain consistent.

SquirrelGirl SquirrelGirl
Feb '20

Truth, SquirrelGirl - all disappointing..................

4catmom 4catmom
Feb '20

One of the reasons that I drive the distance to Hunan Wok, Port Colden Mall, is that the same family has been running it for awhile. While the cooks seem to come n go, they provide consistency. You may like or not like their "style," but they have been consistent. Plus, I have watched their family grow, great kids who are no so little anymore.

It's not like I find H-town Chinese inferior, it's just that HW has always been there for us.

As I said, the current cook, if requested for extra spicy, really complies with the request. I have been sweating a bit :>)

Shrimp has been surprisingly good and, of course, the cheese filled wonton's are to die for.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Feb '20

I always have a good experience at Hunan Wok in the Shoperite plaza. Very consistent quality

kepa
Feb '20

Different HW; same road, different towns. Think both ate owned by a different Little Taste of Italy ;-). One is DMV HW; the other SR HW.

Hmmmm, that’s some menu; anyone else have luck with Shoprite Hunan Wok?

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Feb '20

I've taken out from Hunan wok by ShopRite a few times. Always had a good experience. Think their wonton soup is one of the best in the area. Don't remember if they are also one of the few in the area to offer scallion pancakes.

Yesimpc Yesimpc
Feb '20

I had Beef with Broccoli just recently from Hunan Wok by Shop Rite The Beef was like shoe leather No excuse!!
Never going back


"Ok, what Next "?

" Ok, What Next " ?

" Ok, What Next" ?

Bobby G Bobby G
Feb '20

Got a menu in the mail today for the new Asian Kitchen in Riverside Plaza.

happiest girl
Mar '20

@happiest girl - it's really good! we've had it twice since it opened and enjoyed both times. Not crazy about their boneless spare ribs - lots of sweet sauce so if that's your thing you may like it, but really good lo mein, general tso's, eggrolls, wonton soup and sesame chicken so far...

somechick1 somechick1
Mar '20

I had the corona rice with wuhan brocolli.

thaimaster1978 thaimaster1978
Mar '20

@somechick1 - thanks for the review. I will pass on the spare ribs since I'm vegetarian, LOL!
One thing strange on the menu is some vegetable dishes have the green symbol as being vegetarian, but other vegetable dishes do not have the symbol. I wrote and asked why -- maybe they use chicken stock to stir fry some of them but not the others? I'm waiting for them to reply.

happiest girl
Mar '20

Be carful a lot of those kitchen workers are here on work Visas the same with nail salons.

I would not go until this passes no matter how long it takes.

Outdoor Woman
Mar '20

I have not heard about the virus transmission via Chinese take out. Where did you here that?

Since I am pretty darned sure you can’t tell any Asian’s country of origin, do you have any proof of that beyond the fact they are Asian? Or are you just avoiding all Asians?

I mean seems like getting an H1B permit to be a kitchen worker or nail salon worker is pretty hard, probably near impossible since 2017, what is your proof of this before we shun a small business just starting?

Is Pizza next?

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
Mar '20

Outdoor woman - So, you've checked them all personally for visas? OMG. Stupid thing to say. You do realize your neighbor and kids could easily have just gotten back from Italy, Iran, or China or any of the hotspots right now for the virus. People anywhere can be on work visas. You could know someone who was just on a cruise OR you have NO idea that someone next to you in a store that just coughed was just on a cruise and didn't show symptoms and so on. Don't be ignorant and spread panic or cause people to lose business.

DogDayAfternoon
Mar '20

Way to go DogDayAfternoon !

Jane
Mar '20

Thank you DogDayAfternoon -

4catmom 4catmom
Mar '20

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