This weekend, while picking up my skis from being waxed, I noticed that there was a Chinese restaurant, Jade Dragon, next door to the ski shop. After checking out the reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon, it sounded like it was a quality place to eat, which got me very excited, as it's not easy finding quality Chinese here in the 'burbs.
Typical in decor to many of my other faves, the design is spartan, with plastic flowers and basic furniture being the key motif. A huge crowd of middle schoolers whooped it up in the front of the restaurant, with other diners scattered here and there. A steady flow of diners picking up orders to go was a positive sign as well.
Dinner started out with a bang, with enormous kiddie cocktails sprouting fruit and umbrellas were brought to the table - our kids could hardly contain their glee. Following were vegetable spring rolls, which unfortunately, while quite tasty, were literally dripping oil. This, however, was the only misstep of the night.
Beef Chow Fun, Hong Kong Style Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Moo Shu Pork were all brought tableside and enjoyed immensely. Freshly prepared, fresh tasting, not overly sauced, these were classics done right.
Friendly, fast, and efficient service was taken up a notch by the care taken in the service. Our kids were not ignored - the server asked them all how they were enjoying their meals. The apparent owner walked around the restaurant, greeting the numerous regulars by name, showing why, along with the food, people keep coming back. I know we'll be back - one of our kids now says it's his favorite restaurant!
One of my favorite cuisines, good Chinese food has become very difficult to find, so it was great luck to find a restaurant with so much going for it. Fresh, crisp veggies, tasty sauces, and a varied menu were paired with friendly and efficient service. If you're ever in Hinsdale, IL and are in the mood for Chinese, this is the place for you.
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