I'm a guy who loves his Asian food. Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, Japanese or Chinese all make me happy.
I am also a local guy. Emperor of China has replaced the long-forgotten Eddy's Place on Farwell as my favorite. Dining in or taking out, I have never been disappointed.
This week my wife and I found ourselves out at Mayfair at dinner time and decided to tray P. F. Chang's. It's a chain restaurant, so I didn't have high expectations.
How wrong I was.
The place was busy when we got there but managed to snag a table in the bar where they had full menu service. That became a plus immediately. Then our server, who was doubling as a bartender, stopped by with menus and took drink orders. Nothing special there.
But a look at the menu convinced me that there was stuff here that I hadn't seen in all these years of Asian dining.
I opted for the pan seared lamb, which came out in short order. Nicely shaved pieces of lamb with shallots over a bed of shredded hot lettuce and I was in absolute heaven. It was one of the best Asian dishes I've ever had.
P. F. Chang's is not budget dining but it's not outrageous either. The best thing about it was how surprise I was that it was as good as it was. Even though it's a long way away, I wouldn't mind getting stuck at Mayfair at dinner time again.
yes, we were surprised with P.F. Changs also. We have 3 great Chinese restrauants between 60th & 76th Streets on North Ave. We enjoy them all. But the food and experence at Changs was pretty good recently -no wonder they've been been in business for quite a while at that location.
Actually it's a blog, not a dining review. But with it saying blog on top, i'm sure that can be misleading.
milwdiner | Jan. 26, 2012 at 3:32 p.m. (report)
Honestly? This is a review? No detail, no prices, no pictures, and one dish? Great reporting.
4 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Feb. 28, 2015
Being in sixth grade can be a real problem time, full of the turbulence of hopes and fears all at the same time. First Stage captures the whole thing in "Big Nate: The Musical."
Published Feb. 26, 2015
After losing a half-million-dollar judgement, the City of Milwaukee is looking at ways to avoid paying the money. One of the solutions being explored is granting Silk a license in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.
Published Feb. 24, 2015
Sports movies are among the greatest films ever made, so what better time to list the top 14 sports movies of all time than right after the Oscars?
Published Feb. 20, 2015
"God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
Published Feb. 19, 2015
The owners Silk Exotic today won a big victory in federal court as a jury awarded them a judgement of almost half a million dollars for revenue lost because the city would not grant them a license for a Downtown strip club.
Published Feb. 19, 2015
Domestic violence is something that most of us think doesn't touch those close to us. But in fact this familial violence cuts across all economic, social, geographic and ethnic boundaries.
Published Feb. 17, 2015
Bo Ryan has been coaching for 30 years in Wisconsin and he's had success wherever he's been. What's more, he's done it with a unique coaching style that features a deliberate offense and a tenacious defense that has the Badgers ranked among the best teams in the country.
Published Feb. 15, 2015
"Bare: A Pop Opera" is a play that seems to have some potential. But when you actually see it, the story seems so dated that it's hard to grab onto the message.
Published Feb. 14, 2015
"The Amish Project" is a play about a murderous shooting in a one-room schoolhouse that took place in 2006. The message behind the play is the incredible sense of forgiveness of the community that had been so victimized. It makes you wonder how each of us would react.
Published Feb. 12, 2015
Scott Walker is busy running for president and that campaign means he's got to curry favor with rich guys. Sheldon Adelson, the casino emperor, is a rich guy who hates the idea of a casino in Kenosha. And Governor Walker is trying to keep this guy happy.