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China Doll (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

China Doll Restaurant
~ 3629 Star Ranch Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 ~ (719) 579-8822 ~ ~

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

One of my favorite quick Chinese buffets in Colorado Springs, China Doll has a small buffet lunch-time weekdays with some of my favorite dishes. The price is right, the service is fabulous and friendly, and the food is good. What more could you ask? While a medium sized restaurant nestled in a strip mall, on the southwest side of town, it caters to the Army and Air Force the most, it is never too crowded or busy because of its remoteness – so guaranteed seating and not having to wait. I have yet to partake of the menu ordering experience but the buffet is great. Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (visited 1/29/18)

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Asian Cafe, Canberra

Asian Cafe
* Melbourne Building
32 West Row * City * Canberra, * 2601 * Australia Capital Territory, Australia * (02) 6262 6233 *

Hungry from running around between the museums and sights in Canberra, I eagerly went for some Asian cuisine at the Asian cafe in the Melbourne building just across from the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery. Very spacious, very comfortable, fast and friendly service with a good assortment of Malaysian and Chinese dishes to choose from. They only serve lunches and dinners from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5 pm until 9:30 or 10:30 on the weekends. Entrees range from $-11.80, with main dishes from 12.80 to 22.80 AUD, so definitely higher priced than normal (or what I’m used to). They are BYOB (wine only) and offer a $6 corkage per bottle. Rating 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Wok in a box

Wok in a Box
* * 3/88-96 Bunda Street * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * 2601 * (02) 6162 0965 *

Wok in a Box gave us a quick evening snack at affordable prices. It is located in the heart of the city center. They offer a great menu selections with a range of Authentic Asian specialties such as Gyoza Dumplings, Teriyaki Chicken Bento, Udon Noodle Soup with Katsu Chicken and much more. I had the Pad Thai which was quite tasty. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Fritz Gellato

Fritz Gelato
* * 11A Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia * 3182 * Phone (03) 8598 9090 * *

Nestled into a small hole-in-the-wall counter between busy shoppes along the St. Kilda beachfront, lies “Fritz Gelato” – an amazing low-fat, healthy organic gelato booth that also offers coffee and donuts. They also strive to have innovative and exciting new flavors often. Their vision is to supply Australia with organic coffee, donuts, and gelato with their chain, and expecting to have over 50 stores by 2020. This little Gelato booth was founded by Swiss born Andrea Fritz who came from a picturesque area that was fused with German and Italian cultures. By age 25, Andrea formulated his own gelato opening his first doors to the shores of the lake in his hometown. His gelato became a brand name in the area. However, after devestation from the war, his family migrated to Australia by 1952 and they opened their first store in South Melbourne. Same as in his home town, they became known for the first and finest gelato found in Australia. Gelato came from China over 3,000 years ago where the emperors indulged in mixing frozen fruit with wine and honey flavored snow. The Chinese taught Arab traders this concoction which evolved into the first sorbetto which was passed on to the Venetians and Romans. By the 4th c. B.C. there is record of Alexander the Great and the Roman Emperor Nero sending for this delicacy. The earlieset records of milk-based gelato came from China around 618-907 of the Common Era. They heated cow and goat milk wit grounded rice which was fermented, then had flour added to it for thickness, and honey to sweeten it. It became most popular in the historic record with Catherine de Medici of Florence creating her own style of Gelato. It became a delicacy for the upper class. It is this history that inspired Fritz to continue with his experimenting of formulas to create traditional recipes. He takes pride to become part of the gelato evolution. I must say, he’s on the right track, as his was some of the best gelato I’ve had – and at affordable prices for great volumes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Fan’s Cantonese Restaurant (Dublin)

Fan’s Cantonese Restaurant
* 60 Dame Street * DUBLIN 2, Ireland * 01 6794263 *
A higher end costing Cantonese restaurant, there was an affordable lunch special that we did imbibe. The food was decent, the place seemed clean, and the service was good. The ambiance was more lush than a typical Cantonese restaurant. Oddly they served french fries with my friends sweet n’ sour dish. Thought that was strange. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Wonderful House Chinese Restaurant in Trinidad, Colorado

Wonderful House Chinese Restaurant

* 415 University Street, Trinidad, CO 81082-2542 * (719) 845-1888? *

A small standard Chinese Restaurant inbetween downtown and the University is “Wonderful House”. Fast and friendly, the Chinese food is your basic Asian fare with Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, and Chinese selections. Children’s menu even carries some American food. Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks, Tea, and Soda are also offered. They have a Party room and also offer carry-out. Conveniently located right off I-25, they are open 7 days a week from 11 am until 9:30 pm with lunch specials until 3 pm. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant (Fountain, Colorado)

An Nam Vietnamese Restaurant

6928 Mesa Ridge Parkway Fountain, CO 80817-1533 * (719) 390-8700 *

A great little hidden away Vietnamese restaurant on the outskirts of Fountain, Colorado (in a strip mall). Never too crowded, extremely friendly staff, and delicious food – and decently priced as well. The Chinese and the Vietnamese menu offerings are all very good. The Pho is to die for. Not bad Sake either. The ambiance is a little plain – but the service and cuisine makes up for the setting. Always a top-notch experience. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Tulalip Casino and Eagles Buffet (Tulalip, Washington)

Tulalip Casino and Buffet: Tulalip Eagles Buffet * 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. * Tulalip, Washington * (888) 272-1111 * *

Conveniently located off I-5 inbetween Mt. Vernon and Everett, a great stop-off for Vancouver – Seattle travellers … Tulalip Casino is an enormous palace of slot machines, game tables, bars, and fine entertainment. Usually very notable for their buffet, I stopped by on Monday, Dec 12th, 2005, to find not only did they raise their prices, but the food wasn’t as expansive as usual, nor as good. It also took the waittress quite a while to get back to me with refills which is odd, because they used to be right on top of everything, quality food, and great service. Not today. Usually I rate this a 4 1/2 stars, but this time, gonna have to give the buffet a 2. Rated 2 stars out of 5. On the visit during a pitstop on 7/5/09 coming back from Vancouver, I dropped in to find the Casino and Buffet had massively grown. The entire complex is a strip mall, large hotel, and entertainment complex. The food was better this time, but lacking in variety it had in the older days. Service was decent. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. [ More review ]

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Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant (Washington, D.C.)

Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant

Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant * 619 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 * 202.371.8669

Right in the heart of China Town, near the Verizon Center not far from the National Mall, is this large Chinese Seafood Restaurant with Asian delight. A Blue Ribbon Winner restaurant rated Axxes Top 50 Restaurant has great food that this reviewer can stamp satisfaction on. However, on my visit, while friendly, the waittress was pushy and wanting to move customers in/out quickly even though the place was empty and didn’t have too many patrons at the moment which soured some of the experience. The food however was fabulous. I had the Shrimp Kung Pao which hit the spot and was sensational. A side of spring rolls added extra delight. The cost of the dishes were higher than they should have been and that was a dampener as well. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5. Visited 2/18/09.

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