Just the other day when the Queen was visiting Halifax (you can see a ton of photos of that day here) my husband and I drove down to China Town Restaurant to see the ships from all over the world come to be inspected by the Queen in Bedford Basin. As you can see we were not the only ones! Their parking lot was packed, I think we found the last spot, thank goodness. It was a chilly day and I was dressed inappropriately in shorts and froze my butt off so we went inside for some food after the Queen sailed away.
The hot and sour soup was wonderful, the perfect way to warm up and defrost. There was no tofu which was a little surprising but the soup was tasty and spicy but not too hot. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it as we sat by the window and looked over the water.
My husband ordered the chicken with black bean sauce and I got the shrimp lo mein. It is always a risk for us to go to a Chinese restaurant, my husband is sensitive to MSG, but we were starving and he was in a daring mood. My meal with perfect, exactly what I wanted and he loved his and had no problems with the food. This is not to say their food is 100% MSG free, just that we got lucky.
We had not been to a Chinese restaurant in five years, the last place we went to was with his kung fu school in Vancouver, BC. How wonderful it was for us to be eating Chinese food out again. When we lived in BC you would never use a fork, you would had to ask for one. Here, we had to ask for chopsticks! Our waitress was surprised we know how to use them. You could not have found a nicer waitress. When I asked if they had a pay phone she looked all worried and said that she was not sure if it worked and took out her iPhone and gave it to me so I could call our friends downtown. I couldn’t believe it!
The decor of China Town Restaurant is not contemporary, a black and gold bar with some kind of Tiki room in the back (which I actually thought was very cool), but the food was great and you can not beat the view. I have no idea how many times we have driven passed this restaurant on the Bedford Highway, wondering what it was like inside and how the food is. Now I know. And I am going back. Soon!