Jing's brings Chinese to the Ward
Jing's Chinese Restaurant, 207 E. Buffalo St., recently joined the burst of new restaurants popping up all over the Third Ward. In the first floor of the Marshall building in a space that formerly housed Moondance Coffee, Jing's is sparsely decorated and has a bright, clean interior.
Our visit to Jing's brought good quality Chinese food at reasonable prices, but the dine-in experience left us feeling underwhelmed. The focus here is obviously (and smartly) on carry-out and delivery to the hundreds of condominium dwellers in the Third Ward.
Menus are simple takeout folded menus, and the restaurant is immaculate and is likely a great stop for a midday buffet lunch, although the atmosphere is lacking for an evening out. And unlike the numerous other Chinese restaurants in the Milwaukee area, Jing's features a very small, focused menu, with the appended statement, "We offer many other Chinese dishes. Ask us if your favorite dish is missing from the menu."
Jing's offers a modest beer and wine selection at reasonable prices for those who choose to dine-in, but there are some kinks in the dining experience that need to be worked out if it plans to subsidize its carry-out and delivery orders with eat-in diners.
Our appetizers were served to us on saucers rather than appetizer plates, and beer was served in a wine glass. We also needed to request chopsticks as they were not on the table. Service here, however, was friendly and prompt, if not technically perfect.
Appetizers at Jing's were above average with crab rangoons (6 for $4.95) plump with cream cheese and a generous amount of crab meat. Spring rolls ($1.50 each), too, were good, although the four we sampled varied in ingredients. My roll only contained cabbage, while the others also had shredded carrots. The flavors were good, and the appetizers were accompanied by mini ramekins of Chinese mustard and sweet and sour sauce.
The entrées at Jing's were somewhat muted in flavor for our palates, but in each of the four dishes we sampled, the meats were wonderfully tender, which is sometimes hard to find in Chinese restaurants.
One dining companion who frequently travels to China, was very pleased with the shredded pork in garlic sauce ($7.95) which was tender and carried just a slight hint of garlic. General Tso's chicken ($10.95) was also fork tender, but the breading on the chicken was slightly heavy and took away from some of the other flavors within the dish, which otherwise was very good with freshly steamed broccoli florets and a lovely brown sauce.
Mongolian beef ($8.95) and Singapore noodles ($11.95) also featured meats that were very tender, but, overall, these dishes were quite bland. The Singapore noodles were mixed with generous portions of shrimp, pork and chicken, but even ordered hot and spicy, had little flavor. The Mongolian beef, too, lacked the spicy sweetness of a good Mongolian beef dish, and simply sat nondescript on the plate and on the palate.
Dinner concluded with a complimentary plate of fresh orange slices (a rare treat these days at Chinese and Korean restaurants), fortune cookies and a very reasonable dinner bill with plenty of leftovers to take home.
And while I would not rush back to Jing's to dine-in, as a new take-out and carry-out option, this restaurant is a much needed and welcome addition to the neighborhood in terms of diversifying the Third Ward's ethnic dining options.
Excellent lunch at Jing's today. I met the owner too, she is very passionate about her restaurant and the food. Also extremely friendly. I recommend you stop by!
Ordered from Jings for the first time tonight. We called in an order and the guy said 15-20 minutes. When we got there 20 minutes later, we had to wait ANOTHER 20 minutes for our food to be made. "Kind of flavorless" is how my dining companion described it and I agree. However, the egg drop soup was pretty good. I will not be back, over priced C- Chinese.
I disagree with Amy so often that I feel like I have become the new leader of the loyal opposition. And Amy, we disagree again about Jings. Unfortunately, you chose to visit just after Jing and husband Jack opened their doors. Every new restaurant has kinks that can take a few weeks to iron out and Jings was no exception. I find the food very good. Like your friend who travels to China found, the authentic chinese dishes are very well prepared. Especially for the price. Unfortunately, it appears that you ordered American food in an authentic Chinese restaurant and were mildly disappointed. General Tso's chicken is "American Chinese." It is not authentic. Next time you go to Jings, take up the owners on their menu statement to ask for things not on the menu. Jack, husband of owner Jing, frequently surprises me with wonderful, and authentic, regional Chinese dishes. My favorite are the Shanghai dumplings. You won't find these gems on the menu but Jack and Jing take delight in trying to please customers who are just a bit adventurous and ask to try new dishes. My only regret is that they do not list many of these delicacies on the menu for food critics to stumble upon. (Don't worry Amy, I am still your number one fan.)
I completely disagree with many of the demeaning comments made be the author of this article. Just because appetizers were served on saucers is not a reason to 1 bring up in a decent review and 2 has nothing to do with the quality or service of Jing's which is exceptional. A restaurant doesn't have to have anything bad in it. I don't know why you chose piddley details. That in my opinion is very unprofessional. As I can see by the comments left by other diners, they do not agree either.
Diner | Oct. 26, 2007 at 11:07 p.m. (report)
Move over Emperor, Jing's is in town. This place is great. Dine in or carry out. The dining room is cozy and comfortable and Jing's has a great $7 Lunch buffet!
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