Going out for dinner with the girls is always great fun. Especially when we try new restaurants and I get to taste lots of new dishes. So last Tuesday we met at Mama Lui&Sons. We had some difficulties reserving a table; one week in advance our preferred time at 7pm was not possible. We could either have a time slot at 6pm or 8:30pm. We took the 6 o’clock one.
Upon arriving at the restaurant it was empty but filled up quickly. No wonder they wanted us to order fast. Apparently they can book a table at least twice per evening. The restaurant looks rather dark but there is more than enough light above each table to read the menu (an issue that gets more and more important over time) and to see what you eat.
In the end none of us ordered Hot Pot even though it’s the restaurant’s specialty. I took a picture from a Hot Pot on the neighboring table so that you get an impression how it looks like.
Looks quite good, don’t you think? I am just not sure about the price for what is in the end a large bowl of soup.
We stayed with the starters and the “dish of the day” (which are actually four and more weekly/monthly changing dishes). The service is efficient and friendly and has a certain German touch (“Schorle” anyone?). The starters were delicious. Everything we ordered tasted great, I really loved my mixed fried Dim Sum basket, the green peppers in black bean sauce and the Xia-Bing flatbread I could try from Evi.
Of course we started eating before I took the pictures so the fried Dim Sum were gone before I got my phone out (thanks to Sylvia there are at least some). Everything tasted fresh and hot, the dipping sauce was delicious and a free refill for it was available. The only let-down was the dish of the day. The “Ginger Duck” tasted boring and was actually the only dish not freshly made. The duck looked as if it had gotten stir-fried in the morning (dazzling rays in all colors are never a good sign on your meat), so Evi was happy that there was actually not a lot of ginger-duck in the stir-fry.
Overall the food was good though and we had a great time. If anyone of you tries the Hot Pot, let me know. I am kind of curious if it’s worth it.