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Posted by Kat on 08/07/2008
I see all these wonderful reviews but I cannot agree at all. Walking in there, my friend and I were ignored for about half an hour and had to pretty much beg for a waiter to come and take our order. I had some questions about the menu, but the man knew no english! No one came to check on us to see how we were doing! Overall I left very angry. The food was alright, but I think the service made it seem worse.
Posted by PickyLotus on 08/05/2008
I am a long standing fan of Congee Village and I must say that after all these years the place is still quite amazing. The food authentic and originates from the south eastern Guangdong/zhou style. For the mild pallet theres nothing like their roasted chicken with crispy skin and tender meat. For the daring i recommend the Dungeous Crab or Lobster with Noodles and Xo sauce. There is the left room that has the village feel with trees and bamboo fences. The right room has a more traditional banquet hall vibe. The VIP rooms downstairs are completely overdecorated but provide a very private setting for parties of 12- 24. Service is decent. Honestly, a lot of foreigners don't understand that it's often times the language barrier and the waitstaff being shy of speaking that causes the misconception of rudeness. Not too different than having some waiter smirk at the way you're mispronouncing some italian or french dish. It's a fantastic place to take large groups for their great prices, especially if that group is open to banquet style eatting. Highly HIGHLY recommended from this chinese chick who was born and raised in guangdong, but what do I know? lol
Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2008
Try the Congee soups!! They are really amazing. Some dishes are relatively standard, like the sesame chicken it's very good, but it isn't a surprise. The congee soups are a true delicacy, however.
Posted by Anonynous on 05/13/2008
I have frequented Congee Village for years. Friends and I used to rave about the General Tso's, Hot and Sour Soup, Beef w/ Chinese Brocolli, etc. I went with 5 other people a few weeks ago. Nothing tasted good at all! Everyone in the group had been there numerous times before and everything seemed different. Portions were small, flavors off. Not to mention that one of the servers had such bad BO that we were practically blown away when he even walked by. I may give it another try in a pinch because of the fond memories, but if that had been my first time there, I would never go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2008
Good food, not so good service but everyone knows you don't go to a great chinese restaurant for the "SERVICE". I've been here many times because I like the authentic chinese food. This place is always packed on the weekends so the waiters and waitresses are expected to be very busy..! So you can't blame them for neglecting you, have some patience and chill out a bit and you'll be ok..! Very good food but if you want good service go somewhere else. The restaurant is not gonna go broke because you think the service is bad.
Posted by ACruz on 01/15/2008
I love this place!Any restaurant willing to kick out a patron with a crying baby get's top votes from me. Taking a two year old to a reastaurant is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Bravo to Congee Village. I hate these idiots who think everyone has to put up with their insipid children ruining everyones meal. Get a baby sitter or go eat a TV Dinner with your yapping monsters. By the way the food in this place is excellent for the price.
Posted by PRS on 12/04/2007
So I went there for a family gathering as it is one of the select Chinatown places to go. However, when we get there, the hostess told us it was a 15min wait & it ended up being about half an hour. When we get seated, no wait service until we wave down and waitress that was standing by doing nothing. Later, when the food is served, we are short with utensils and ask for a spoon. They said they didn't have a spoon, and would a knife suffice. How are you going to drink soup with a knife?! And in a huge restaurant like that, how can you not have spoons?! The food was over salted and oily. Some were served at room temperature, and not hot, as it was supposed to be. The waitress/waiters could not be found and if they are around, they are standing idle. Definately unacceptable and never going back.