Friday, January 30, 2015

Hakka Chow Restaurant Review - Winston Salem, NC

615 St George Square Ct
Winston Salem, NC  27103
(336) 893-8178

Interior View

Tea Time - Oolong Tea

Crazy Shrimp Roll - $12.95 & Tandoori Chicken Roll - $9.95

Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll - $11.95

Double Order of Crazy Shrimp Roll - $19.43 (during Sunday's B1G1 50% off special)

Crispy Thai Basil Chili Chicken - $13.95

Mongolian Beef & Jasmine Rice - $14.95

Since recently moving to the Winston Salem area Hubby & I have been busy trying to find a favorite restaurant. Hakka Chow is at the top of our list so far. You must visit and try their Crazy Shrimp Roll as soon as you can!  It's heavenly and I can't wait to return to eat it once again. 

We have visited twice so far and plan to visit again this weekend. On the first visit we ordered only sushi. As shown above, we ordered the Crazy Shrimp Roll, the Tandoori Chicken Roll & the Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll. The Crazy Shrimp Roll is a perfect creation featuring a roll filled with crab, cream cheese & cucumbers. The topping is to die for! It has one Hakka Zen Shrimp which is lightly battered and perfectly cooked with Sriracha & eel sauce drizzled on top. I could eat those all day! Then underneath it is spicy crab salad & a thin slice of fresh jalapenos. The Tandoori Chicken Roll is very unique and I haven't seen anything like it on any sushi menu before. It's topped with tender Tandoori chicken, cilantro and drizzled with sriracha and mint chutney. The roll itself is filled with crab, cucumber and cream cheese. It was really delicious and I plan to order it again. They also offer Tandoori chicken on flat bread and I'm anxious to try that soon.  I ordered the Spicy Tuna Roll, but we were served the Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll instead. We didn't notice until the bill came and it was listed at a higher price. When we brought it to their attention they corrected our bill to reflect what we ordered and gave us coupons for 50% off a second roll for a future visit. I don't order any sushi with the crunchy bits on it because I really don't care for them. I was so distracted by the other two unique rolls I really didn't notice it was different. The roll was good, but not something I would order again because of the crunchy bits on top. The roll itself is filled with spicy tuna, cucumber and cream cheese. It's also topped with avocado, eel, fried shallots and roasted garlic. It's drizzled with spicy mayo and wasabi aioli. I really don't like the texture of eel and it's saltiness so I won't be ordering that again.

During the second visit we decided to order a main entree after some sushi. We started with two orders of the Crazy Shrimp Roll and were in heaven! We used our coupon for 50% off the second roll. Then Hubby ordered the Mongolian Beef which he found to be tender and delicious. I tried a sample and thought while yummy, it wouldn't be something I would order for myself. Hubby on the other hand plans to order it again. He says it's the best Mongolian Beef he has ever had. For a man that eats out for lunch every weekday & travels for business, that's saying a lot! It features sweet, soy glazed steak that is wok-seared with scallions, onion and ginger over crispy rice noodles. Amazingly, the rice noodles were still crispy even on the last bite. I ordered the Crispy Thai Basil Chili Chicken and while I enjoyed it, it wouldn't be something I would order again. The batter was too thick for my sensitive stomach. I have to limit eating fried battered food. It would have been better with less batter. The menu says it has bamboo, pepper, onion and zucchini served with a basil garlic chili sauce. I found very little zucchini in it to my disappointment. I going to stick to sushi next time because it's so impressive. Both meals were generous in portion. They could easily be cut in half or you could leave a third, if you wanted to have a second meal or snack later, especially if you order an appetizer. I wouldn't order an appetizer, if you plan to eat the entire meal at one sitting. 

The Oolong Tea is delicious and is served hot with slices of fresh lemon which make the tea even more delicious. It's served in a iron pot which keeps the tea warm longer. Be sure to wait a few minutes for the tea to steep before pouring. 

As shown above, this restaurant features a very large dining room with tables & booths and high end decor. There is also a separate bar area, an open view of the kitchen, reception area and a separate room for parties. The atmosphere is lovely but it can get loud when there is a party going on. The wait staff to my surprise & disappointment isn't Asian. The manager & the sushi chef are Asian and are very hospitable.  The sushi comes out quicker than any sushi restaurant I have been to and the entrees come to the table very hot.

UPDATE 1 - August 2015, we have returned more times than I can count and this is now our favorite sushi restaurant! We recommend the bargain on the sushi menu that offers soup or salad, one classic roll & one speciality roll for $15.95. 

UPDATE 2 - December 2015, we will not return after the manager, Caroline, raised her voice to us and argued with us after we complained that the fried shrimp on top of our sushi was cool when it arrived to our table. We waited 35 minutes for our sushi to arrive, it had been waiting to be delivered to the table most of that time, so the shrimp was cool and unappetizing. We first complained to the waiter who said he told management. Caroline never showed up to address the issue. At the end of the meal we asked the waiter again for management. She showed up only to argue with a raised voice and told us that the chef said it was hot. So she's basically calling these regular customers liars! That day it was obvious they were understaffed since management and hostesses were delivering meals to the tables. She should have admitted her mistake, explained the lack of staff and corrected the issue within minutes of our first complaint. All she had to do was replace the shrimp and we would have been satisfied since we knew they were understaffed. We aren't unreasonable customers and we rarely complain. They have lost customers who spent about $40 three to four times a month! We also asked for the Instagram 10% discount where you post a picture for a discount. She claimed that was only good for one use, this was our 3rd time. The problem with this promotion is that it doesn't give any of the details and says to ask your server. Different servers, different answers. She agreed to give us our discount, but told us never again and gave us a coupon for a free appetizer for our next visit for the cool shrimp. We order the exact same sushi orders almost every time, she knows this and she gives us a coupon for something we never order. The deal breaker was arguing with us and raising her voice. No more $ from us. They have also been having issues for weeks with the salad being very watery and arriving with no salad dressing. Long wait for salad dressing and they give you a tiny amount.

Well there you have it, my latest restaurant review for the Triad area. Be sure to check out the other reviews I have posted for the Triad area:

Chef Samir Shaltout - Greensboro, NC
Dairi-O - King, NC
Green Valley Grill - Greensboro, NC
Hakka Chow - Winston Salem, NC
Marshall Free House - Greensboro, NC
Mary's Gourmet Diner - Winston Salem, NC
Mizu Japanese Cuisine - Winston Salem, NC
The Tavern in Old Salem - Winston Salem, NC
Village Tavern - Winston Salem, NC

I need restaurant suggestions since we just moved to the area. So please comment below! I have several more restaurant reviews in the works, so be sure to stop by again soon or subscribe to my blog. If you are ever in the Raleigh area, check out my restaurant reviews before you go simply by visiting my Restaurant Review Pinterest Board and clicking on the photo of the one you want to read about. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to claim your Free Graze Box.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dairi-O Restaurant Review - King, NC

Nighttime View of Exterior

#7 Chicken Souvlaki Pita with Fries & Drink $7.69

Crispy Chicken Salad $7.49

#10 Crispy Chicken Wrap with Lettuce/Tomato/Mayo, Fries & Drink $7.69

Hot Fudge Cake $3.49

Banana Split $5.49

Having recently moved to the Winston Salem area, I have been trying out lots of restaurants. Dairi-O is a fast food chain that I had never heard of before moving here and decided to try out. They have four locations: King, Rural Hall, Winston Salem & Clemmons. It's now my new favorite fast food restaurant! I warn you, it's highly addictive!  

The first item I tried was #7, the Chicken Souvlaki Pita. I was so happy to see a Greek item on a fast food menu and was really surprised to see they use high quality ingredients. It has large chunks of wonderfully seasoned chicken breast, cooked onions, green peppers and tomatoes and Tzatziki sauce on the side. I like to skip the pita sometimes for less calories. If you do so, be sure to dip your chicken in the sauce instead of pouring it over the pita because the pita will absorb a lot of it otherwise. I frequent Greek restaurants and this pita can actually compete with an authentic Greek restaurant! You've gotta try it! The Tzatziki sauce is perfect. I just wish the cup was larger, I love that sauce! The very generous portion of crinkle fries have a yummy seasoning on them and they are perfectly cooked. They are a bit salty, so do not add any salt. They are very filling. Just a warning, they are very hot, so you'll have to wait a couple of minutes for them to cool. All of their food is hot and fresh.

The second item I tried was #8, the Fish Sandwich, and since then I have ordered it several more times since it's one of my favorites. It's a large, lightly battered piece of flounder with a crispy topping that is not greasy at all. They cook it when you order, so it may take a couple more minutes than other items on the menu. I take off half the bun, the bun that doesn't have tarter sauce on it, so it has less calories and more flavor. It's simply delicious! Hubby isn't as fond of fish sandwiches and even he agreed it was worth repeating.  

The third item I tried was #10, the Crispy Chicken Wrap with lettuce, tomato and mayo. It's really good, but be sure to ask for a mayo packet & a knife because there is very little mayo on the wrap. Be sure to tell them what you want on your wrap, because they may not ask.

The fourth item I tried was the Crispy Chicken Salad and it was good, but I feel it needs some more toppings. Compared to the Chick-fil-A restaurant, I would rather the Chick-fil-A version.

Then fifth item I tried was #6, the Chicken Sandwich. It's less greasy than the Chick-fil-A version but the chicken is not as thick. It's very good with cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo.

One weekend, Hubby and I decided as Winnie-the-Pooh says "it's time for something sweet", so I ordered the Hot Fudge Cake Sundae and Hubby ordered the Banana Split. The Hot Fudge Cake Sundae had too much cake and not enough ice cream for my taste. It has soft serve vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, two pieces of devils food cake and lots of hot fudge. Hubby's Banana Split had chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream with strawberry, pineapple & hot fudge toppings and tons of whipped cream. He said it was delicious. Both sundaes came with cherries on top and two wafer cookies which was a cookie my Mom bought a lot when I was a kid. Yummy! You may want to make a special trip just for dessert as we did since their meals & desserts are very filling all on their own. 

Hubby & I ordered a hot dog and corn dog another weekend. I'm not a fan of ground beef on my hot dog, so even though I ordered that, Hubby ate it instead. I didn't know that it had ground beef on top or I wouldn't have ordered it. He said it was really good. I ate the corn dog he ordered even though I'm not really a fan of corn dogs. It was ok, but not something I'd order again. Kids would probably love it.

Service at this restaurant is always prompt, friendly & accurate. If you haven't given this fast food restaurant a try, I highly recommend you do so soon!  What's your favorite restaurant in the Winston Salem area?  Stay tuned for many more restaurant reviews.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

QVC's TSVs for February 2015

Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values

2nd - Joan Rivers Classic Collection Classic Tailored Trench Coat, A265381, $79.98 plus s/h & tax or 5 payments of $15.99, comes in 5 colors

3rd - ghd Eclipse Styling Iron, A265393, $179.00 or 5 payments of $35.80

5th - Women with Control Regular Printed Tunic & Ankle Pants Set, A266324 Regular, A266325 Petite & A266326 Tall, $49.92 or 3 payments of $16.64, comes in 5 colors

7th - Skechers Go Walk Slip-on Mesh Sneakers, A266327, $44.96 or two payments of $22.48, comes in 7 colors

9th - Dr. Denese Supersize Hydroshield & Med MD, A265376 or A265431 A/D, $139.96 or 4 payments of $34.99

12th - G.I.L.I. Bronzo Italia Textured Triple Rolo Link Bracelet, J320631, $69.96 or 4 payments of $17.49, comes in 3 sizes and 4 colors

13th - Tarte Be Your Own Tartiest 6 Piece Collection, A265526 or A265565 A/D, $59.96 or 3 payments of $19.98, comes in 6 shades

15th - Kitchen Aid 4.5 Quart Mixer, K423989, $249.95 or 5 payments of $49.99, comes in 15 colors

21st - Philosophy Super Size Beauty Sleep Essentials, A266049 or A266041 A/D, $169.80 or 6 payments of $28.30

26th - Clarks Nubuck Wedge Sandals with Backstrap, A266330, $57.36 or 2 payments of $28.68, comes in five colors

March 2015

2nd - Perricone MD Super Size Daily Treatment, A266399 A/D or A266329, $198.00 or 5 payments of $39.60, a/d every five months for two years

4th - Green Pan 11 Piece Cookware Set, K42388, $139.96 or 5 easy payments, comes in 6 colors.

I hope you enjoy the convenience of ordering the Today's Special Values in advance or having the information to assist you in your February shopping decisions. What are you most excited about for February? I'll be passing on all of them, nothing of interest to me this month.

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