Details, Fiona, make for special Asian lunch
There are a lot of 'little things' that make a lunch hour special in a very big way. Of course being overwhelmed with fabulous food is always a good start.
Secondly, a lunch companion can also add stars to your lunch opinion.
Ambience, style, details, customer service – all can either make for a fantastic mid-day meal experience or rain on your lunchtime parade.
From the outside, the new China Garden café in the Gainesville Shopping Center on North Main St. presents itself as just another Asian lunch stop.
That's until you meet first time restaurant owner, Fiona Liangfony.
Right off the bat, I asked Fiona if she knew of Lyle Lovett's song about One-Eyed Fiona. She did not. Then I informed her she was in fact the first Fiona I have ever known. That didn't seem to impress her either.
Fiona did become excited, however, talking about her first attempt at running a restaurant.
"We've been open for several months," Fiona said. "I'm meeting a lot of very nice people who come back over and over for our Chinese food," she added.
The China Garden is spotlessly clean, and several customers came in to pick up their lunches always with a "Hello Fiona" as their salutation.
The China Garden menu looked familiar with the gazillion entrees classified with capital letters and numbers. Besides a Lunch Special list there is a House Special group of entrees reasonably priced, including chicken wings, fried shrimp, and fried chicken nuggets at three price levels.
There is also a Dinner Special list of items for $7.49. A Chef's Special Dinner list of entrees a tad bit pricier.
My styro-foam container was over-filled with goodness equally divided between the Pork Fried Rice, and the Roast Pork and Vegetables.
I love fresh, crisp, crunchy Chinese vegetables, so I searched the entrees for 'Chinese vegetables.' This time it was the China Garden #10 Lunch Special of Chicken or Roast Pork with Chinese Vegetables. All lunch specials are served with pork fried rice.
The immediate crunch factor of the fresh veggies had me smiling right away. The spring roll with a generous dollop of hot mustard cleared out my sinuses. The additional soy sauce I added allowed for an ample mouthful of Chinese flavor overload.
When you think about it, GLOBers, if you are a conservative, budget-minded lunch outer, this China Garden $7.00 Lunch Special is very hard to beat.
Oh! Tell Fiona Gainesville's Lunch Out Blog GLOB Master sent you to have lunch at her China Garden.
The Pluses and Minuses of the China Garden:
China Garden (+) indicators: Delicious vegetables, ample portions large enough to share
China Garden (-) indicators: Half of my lunch was pork fried rice that I couldn't eat due to diabetes restrictions. Now that is depressing . . .
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- Phone Number: 352 372-1855
- Address: 1216 N. Main St. 32602
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Latitude: 29.663251
- Longitude: -82.324521
L Oliver Sunday, 04 February 2018 15:24 Comment Link
This is about the China Garden restaurant. My husband and I have bought food from there for take out several times. It is kept clean and very nice. The last order we bought for take out was for beef fried rice. Often we get beef fried rice from different Chinese restaurants and it is usually comparable. This was totally unusual.It had strips of beef not just on top but all through the rice. Generally I have fried rice for breakfast during the week. With some medical problems including allergies and having to force protein, this is recommended by my dietician. I will keep frequenting this restaurant.