This dining adventure was made up of three parts. Part search for a dive, part closed restaurant, and part so hungry I could eat my hand. With our first selection of the evening closed, and our second though not taking any seats, we ended up wandering around Chinatown in search of some action. Pulling into the parking lot of Double Greeting Wonton House, we saw an open sign and empty tables. Finally, we would wander no longer.
The restaurant is a dive, in a good sort of way if you know what I mean. As we sipped on bland tea, Miz J, Sarah and Mr.Cut (our guest and translator for the evening) pondered the menu. While not everyone was as hungry as me, we did end up with 5 dishes, including a few pork options, a beef plate, and some vegetables. First to the table came our bowl of steamed rice, which was nothing more than the required base. The MaPo Tofu showed up next and I was taken back immediately. When I think of MaPo Tofu, I think of this and this…not what I saw in front of us. Where was the colour? Where was the pork? Why was there all this seafood? And before you wonder if I got the right dish, this was delivered and verbally confirmed as MaPo Tofu. The overall flavour was bland and boring, resulting in an huge letdown especially after telling the table how exciting this dish would be. Our order of BBQ Pork was next to arrive. I know we weren’t in a true bbq house, but the pork here almost seemed oven roasted with a final shot of liquid poured over top. The meat did have a good mix of fat, but without any skin or real bbq flavour dish two was another pass.
I had to laugh when Mr.Cut mentioned that if they screw up anything else, it’s all but done for Double G. Good thing the Mixed Vegetables came out next, as they were spot on. A few pieces of onion had that great wok char, while the larger pieces retained enough bit and heat to be very pleasing. Waiting for our final dish took a bit of time, but eventually we were brought the Satay Beef with Broccoli. The meat to vegetable ratio was skewed, with most of the plate being broccoli. This wasn’t really a bad thing though, as the beef had no real flavour and the broccoli was again cooked perfectly.
I don’t think we knew exactly how to sum it up. Besides the vegetables, the meal was bland and uninspiring. We were all happy that we stumbled on a divey place, but unfortunately the food seemed to follow suit. No hole in the wall gem if you know what I mean. Then again, with a few hundred items on the menu, who knows what the right dishes are to order.