Monday, October 15, 2012
Rate-A-Restaurant #283: Master Chef
(Flickr pic by Thomas Hawk.)
Restaurant: Master Chef
Location: 937 N. Hill Street (Chinatown)
Type of restaurant: Chinese
We stipulated: After attending an event at the Chinatown gallery district on Chung King road, it was late -- but we were hungry.
They stipulated: "Master Chef Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that specializes in Cantonese cuisine and offers seafood specialties. We produce fresh, high-quality food at affordable prices. We aim to provide friendly service to our customers. We receive weekly shipments of live seafood and we maintain appropriate levels of food inventory to ensure that our food is always fresh. Our menu offers a large variety of healthy choices as well as vegetarian options, catering to a wide range of individuals and families of all ages with an appreciation for fresh, high-quality Chinese food. We are open until late every day and offer a special late night menu to our customers after 10 p.m."
What we ordered: Sliced Chicken with String Beans, $9.95. Szechwan Style Eggplant, $8.95.
High point: The fact that Master Chef is open so late is great, especially the discounted late night menu. (We got there a bit too early for that -- the late night menu starts at 9:30 p.m.) Also, the eggplant was nice, although had a bit to much of a sauce to it.
Low point: It's not you, it's us. Or is it? Despite a name like "Master Chef" and a promise to do upscale cooking, this restaurant stil acts like any Chinese spot -- massive menu and lack of ambience.
Overall impression: Despite the name, "Master Chef" has nothing to do with the Gordon Ramsay TV show. The food is reasonably priced and decent, just not great. But you could probably do worse in Chinatown.
Chance we'll go back: Unlikely but not impossible.