My best friend and I came here on a Friday night, the last night of restaurant week. I was a little bit skeptical because my previous restaurant week dinner experiences have not all been too impressive- however, China Grill easily surpassed them all. We arrived about 20 minutes early and were directed toward the bar to get a drink while we waited for our table. Although the restaurant is gigantic, it has a really pleasant atmosphere and didn't feel like a chain. The music and decor is trendy, the design of the restaurant is modern, and the view of the open kitchen from the bar is fun to watch. We didn't have just one server, but they were all friendly and helpful with giving advice on what to order. Since we were two people doing the prix fixe menu, we only got to pick one entree because it is a family-style restaurant so portions are usually big, we were told. I was worried it wouldn't be enough food, but it definitely was...
The dumplings came out first: they were really juicy and tasty and the soy ginger sauce added a unique flavor that you don't usually have with traditional Chinese dumplings and regular soy sauce. There were six of them and we devoured them within seconds. Next, a heaping portion of equal amounts of calamari and lettuce was placed in front of us in a huge bowl. It was the biggest salad I have every seen and absolutely delicious! I especially enjoyed the pairing of textures- the crispy, crunchiness of the fried calamari with the crisp chopped lettuce. The lime miso dressing gave it a tanginess that made it irresistible. I love fried calamari with marinara, but this was such a welcomed change! We probably ate about half of it before dinner (we decided we needed to save room for the steak) and then almost all of the remainder after the steak.
The steak. My friend claimed it was the best steak she's had in her life. I'm still pondering whether I can make such a strong statement, but it really was to die for. It was cooked medium, perfectly juicy, tender and so deliciously intoxicating that we had to stop speaking so that we could fully savor it. The sweet soy added just the right amount of flavor without masking the flavor of the meat. It was so, so good that I may have to go back soon because the prix fixe menu is extended until Labor Day.
The dessert was tasty but nothing to rave about. Frankly I was still relishing how perfect the steak was to really notice my half of the hazelnut chocolate torte that I finished.
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What I Ate: Spicy beef & scallion dumplings, Crakcling calamari salad, Sweet soy marinated skirt steak, Hazelnut chocolate torte
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