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Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2012
we are congee village regulars for years, but our last visit was our last visit! The congee is no longer served in stoneware but in cheap ceramics which changes the experience from special to ordinary. The regular dishes no longer come with rice (that's extra!). And the dishes that do arrive are watered down versions of what is on the menu.
Posted by Forget the reviewer who said "forget it" on 04/25/2011
The food here is great! I'm a dumpling fiend and sometimes I'll just get together with friends and order a whole bunch of dim-sum style dumplings and minced pork buns and small juicy buns, even fried bread and scallion pancakes. The price is amazing yet the food doesn't lack anything. I'm mad at the person below me because he complained about the house special chicken which is the best thing in the place! It's extremely garlicky but if you love garlic as much as I do, this is for you.. and it's so cheap! This chicken is SO juicy, it's unbelievable. (The whole garlic cloves that come on the plate are easily mistaken for almonds though, don't make that mistake and eat one!). The fried rice is nothing to write home about, but it does the job. I've had some shrimp dishes here and there, don't quite remember which ones since I've been going to Congee Village for at least 5 years, but I've never been disappointed. And about the person below me who complained about the server.. that's how they are and that has nothing to do with their food. Yes they are often abrupt and indifferent and rarely do they stop by to see how things are. If you're used to being waited on hand and foot at fancy restaurants, this is NOT like that. Another note, don't expect cart service at dim sum. No cart, just order off the menu.
Posted by anonymous on 10/10/2010
Place was recommended by staff at Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum and I don't understand why. Even the tea had no taste. Scallion pancakes had no scallions and dough wasn't cooked through. "House Special" garlic chicken was undercooked and inedible. Fried rice wasn't fried and tasted awful. Server was abrupt and indifferent, never appearing to ask how things were. Sauteed snow pea leaves were drowning in enough oil to deep fry a Thanksgiving turkey. The final touch was our being treated to a shouting match presumably in Mandarin between a male and female staff member that we we sure at any moment would descend into violence. We were a little disappointed when it didn't, because maybe then we could have sneaked out without paying for this travesty.
Posted by anna park on 09/20/2010
i saw many ppl complained about the waiter/waiteress's language barrier. but what do u expect? You want to eat at a Chinese restaurant where all non-chinese people are working ? come on, you are trying to taste 'authentic asian food' if you want to really advanture real awesome chinese food from non-chinese people's suggestion, go ahead! its not worth it yes definitely, they dont speak perfect english but for the quality of food...thumbs up. They have really good selections of seafood. Razor clams - a must to try. House special chicken(chrispy chiken with garlic!) and pork chop and coconut buttered shirimp w/ brocoli are yum! 'Congee Village' of course they are known for congee however, all over, i have to give 4.5 star out of 5! believe me, i am a paiin in the ass person. If you want to try GOOD FOOD, yes GO . if you are worried about poor language, go some American food restaurant like dinner rather than complaining about their language. I m going congee village for nothing else but for food! Where can u ever eat this high-level chinese food at affordable price in the city??? you can not compare their food too chinese take out places or like non-chinese owned /or chef restaurants!
Posted by TheMNDC - John on 07/28/2010
Great food, great lychee martini, fun setting. Congee village is a well rounded, exciting Cantonese experience. I tried (and loved) the Deep Fried Frog, Razor Clams, Sauteed Scallops in Back Pepper, Sea Cucumber and Goose Web, Small Juicy Bun in Shanghai Style, House Special Chicken, and of course the famous Congee. Every dish was equally amazing; however, if I had to pick top two it would be Deep Fried Frog and Razor Clams. Next visit I hope to test my comfort zone and try Nature's Bird Nest and Geoduck Clam Shashimi. I highly recommend Congee Village for places to bring out-of-towners.
Posted by dailyeats on 06/01/2010
I've been coming here for over 6 years because for the area, it's good value. But the service has become SO poor that I have to warn others. Perhaps they treat the non-Asians better, but to us regulars, it's not worth coming anymore and there are a lot better Chinese food than this over-rated and over-reviewed village. How to tell if a place is worth the hype? On a Monday night at 10pm when there were only 6 tables, the snobby waitress took half of our order and left. Five mins later I had to flagged down a waiter to complete my order. The entree came fast enough, but the 2nd entree, 15 min. later. After another 20min. I asked about our rice dish (tough to eat an entree w/o something carby), and he tells me they never put the order in. I dine out every day, and have had my share of bad dining experiences, but this is over the top. Busy Sat. night? Ok fine. A large party? Ok fine. To top it off, 2 managers walked by at least 3x, looked at us staring at 1 entree for 15 min. as we're waiting for the remainder, and never bothered to check the kitchen or with us.
Posted by Jennifer C. on 08/14/2009
I have been to the Congee Village several times over the years. I can only say that my experience there has been ok to say the least. Their waiters are not use to the english language, so it makes it hard to explain what you want to order sometimes. I have actually had to point to a dish pictured in the menu to one waiter because he had no idea what I was talking about. The food is good and the place is really nice, but I don't recommend anything with shrimp. They do not clean out that long vain or whatever it is from inside the shrimp. Overall the Congee Village is a good place to go, but if you do order shrimp just check it before you eat it. You never know.