Yauatcha

Cristóbal’s Rating: BOYCOTT  Warning:  Extremely overpriced (zero redeeming qualities) Outside the Galleria, connected by an outdoor crosswalk Ugly decor for an upscale restaurant It is quite unfortunate for an upscale restaurant to have not only sub-par food, but also an interior milieu that has no such redeeming quality to compensate for its celestial prices. This…

Niu Yi Zui 牛一嘴拉面

Cristóbal’s Rating: BETTER THAN NOTHING  Yet another Lanzhou Noodle restaurant in Chinatown Watch the chef throw the noodles through the window A little pricey for what you are getting The trend is these days to have a Lanzhou-style Noodle shop in every strip-mall in Chinatown.  Golden Plaza (anchored by H-Mart in Chinatown) is no exception–Niu…

Cooking Girl 小厨娘, SL

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS  Warning:  Spicy Sichuan Food Secret private room available in the back for large private parties Strange decor, compensated by edible food Cooking Girl enjoys surprising popularity for an authentic Chinese restaurant, in what is often the most unlikely of locations. This particular branch is off the side of Highway 6 in Sugar…

Bonchon Chicken Sugar Land

Cristóbal’s Rating: BOYCOTT  “Famous” fried chicken was the biggest disappointment Overpriced (everything costs extra), overhyped “Fusion” food and sleek interior attracts a yuppie crowd in Sugar Land What’s worse than an overpriced menu is an eatery that bombs its own claim-to-fame: Korean fried chicken.  Soggy and chewy, the pitiful wings and drumsticks were marketed with…

Smelly Pot 三媽嗅嗅鍋

Cristóbal’s Rating: BETTER THAN NOTHING Warning:  Stinky Tofu (not actually stinky) Sketchy strip mall Fresh alternative to Houston’s Chinatown staples If you are familiar with the Taiwanese stinky tofu hot pot specialty restaurant, Boiling Point, this is essentially Houston’s local version of it–Smelly Pot.  Let us, for now, ignore the obvious fact that almost anyone…

Baoz Dumpling

Cristóbal’s Rating: DISAPPOINTING Tiniest dumplings award Overpriced, overrated In the tunnels of Downtown Houston Single kitchen stall with a few table and chairs in a public area nearby If there were an award for the tiniest dumplings, Baoz would win the prize.  Almost the antithesis of the tennis-ball dumplings at DOOZO which is a couple hundred…

Long Sing BBQ Stall 龍城 – CLOSED

UPDATE:  CLOSED Unfortunate, but not at all surprising–this decrepit old-Chinatown antique of a store has finally said its goodbye to downtown Houston’s food scene.  While I express regret for yet another blow to Houston’s dearth of edible Asian food, I have to agree that closing this time-honoured food stall was the right thing to do. …

Ocean Palace 珍寶

Cristóbal’s Rating: VERY MEH Edible Cantonese dim sum, pushed around with carts (a rarity these days) In the Vietnamese side of Beltway 8, next to a 100% Vietnamese mall that would pass as any shopping center in Ho Chi Minh City Cantonese seafood dinner banquet style downstairs This is one of the earlier large scale…

Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot 小肥羊

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS Ugly strip mall and a terrible font choice for the restaurant’s lighted sign Dimly lit interiors Can be pricey depending how you order Nothing particularly Mongolian, as its name would imply Situated at a corner of a nondescript strip mall off Westheimer, this Chinese hotpot restaurant is one of many large hotpot…

HK Dim Sum 點心城

Cristóbal’s Rating: BOYCOTT Worst Chicken Feet dim sum I’ve ever had. One of the early restaurants of the now popular Dunhuang Plaza Understaffed – typical Cantonese dim-sum service This place actually has authentically terrible dimsum–something you would be surprised to learn if you only judged by the persistent line outside the door.  In reality this…

Mein Restaurant 好麵膳

Cristóbal’s Rating: PASS Chic wall art with 1920s Shanghai style murals Eclectic grungy interiors with chain links Cantonese fusion menu items In a quiet sketchy plaza on a backstreet behind the main road Easy parking I’ve been to this place numerouse times for lunch and dinner and the general experience is acceptable. Out of the select…

DOOZO

Cristóbal’s Rating: THUMBS DOWN  Lots of people line up for lunch on the weekdays–I don’t know why, but I suspect it has a lot do with the terrible options in downtown and at the Shops at Houston Center Dumplings are huge, thinly disguised, thick-skinned tennis balls–and you get a full box of them. The dumplings…