China Sea Absecon NJ

I’m so sad that it took me so long to eat at the China Sea of Absecon; I’ve literally walked in front of its doors at least 2 times a week, going from one store to another for the entire summer! I am extremely picky about Chinese food, as that is the cuisine of choice every Sunday when we used to eat out for family night when I was growing up. I’ve been let down time and time again here in New Jersey when trying new Chinese restaurants and I must say that this place ranks number one in all of South Jersey! The prices are rock bottom, which is absolutely up my alley. The decor was clean, the room spacious and the seating plenty.

A superb treat from this restaurant was the complementary fried wontons, served with duck sauce and spicy mustard, plus a pot of hot tea upon seating. We were immediately asked whether we would like water or soda, which is unheard of these days.

I began my meal with a tasty and thick egg drop soup ($1.50), which I topped off with fried won tons and soy sauce. The shrimp roll was delightfully delicious too! It was a big roll, which is not normally my favorite, however this roll had cabbage and was fried to perfection. My main dish was the Green Jade Chicken ($9.95) which was as fabulous as can be! The chicken was perfectly cooked, fresh out of the wok and not slimy or rubbery at all (which is more than I can say for most of the Chinese restaurants here in NJ). It is sliced chicken stir fried with broccoli, snow peas and asparagus in a chef special brown sauce. The broccoli was crispy and tender-hard to accomplish! The snow peas were snappy but very soft-I don’t know how they perfected this combo, but its definitely perfection. The asparagus was tender and fresh, not slimy or wilted at all. I asked for the brown rice and it was exactly what I expected.

After tasting my loves roast pork fried rice I wasn’t impressed, it lacks desire and leaves a lot of room for improvement. His main dish was the Hawaii Five-O ($16.50) which consisted of jumbo shrimp, scallops, beef and chicken stir fried with broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, baby corn, onions, mushrooms and pineapples. The meats in his dish were cooked superbly as well.  He was delighted with the entire dish, but pushed the pineapples aside as they were placed on the plate cold, not stir fried at all.

For desert the pistachio ice cream ($2.50) hit the spot! I will definitely eat here many more times before I head back to Arizona and each time i’m in town too! I recommend this place to Chinese food enthusiasts and any foodie that desires deliciously prepared and presented food. So next time you drive into, or out of Atlantic City on the White Horse Pike, make sure you save room for Chinese!

China Sea of Absecon
662 White Horse Pike (RTE 30)
Absecon, NJ 08201
609-569-1888
http://chinaseaofabsecon.com

Chart House Cardiff CA

Floor to ceiling wall windows that overlook the ocean, plus food prepared to perfection! The last time I was there was right before the Comicon in San Diego, but much to my surprise this location is not considered San Diego. Its located just outside on South Coast Highway 101, a nice drive along the water front too.

My meal began with the Lobster Bisque ($8.99) which was exquisitely creamy and ladden with bits of lobster. I’m a big fan of Lobster Bisque, but rarely is it created with such a precise blend of each ingredient. I highly recommend it!

I then had the Chopped Spinach Salad ($8.50) served up with chopped egg, bacon, radishes and mushrooms over chopped spinach of course, topped with a warm bacon dressing. Yummy! My taste buds were jumping for joy with each bite of this sumptuous salad, which could have been a meal in itself.

My entree was a fabulous cut of Filet 8 oz ($31.99), served medium rare. The Filet was perfectly cut and grilled. There wasn’t one bit of fat on it anywhere. They grill their steak with a dab of butter and season it just right. I also had a side of the Sizzling Mushrooms ($7.99) which were the perfect pairing for each bite of my pink in them middle Filet. I love this place; every dish they prepare is done with skill and pride.

The service was superb! Very attentive and anticipatory. Not one need was ever unattended, and not one thing had to be requested. Everyone was spot on!  The hostess, the food runner and the server must have been trained in a 5 star academy because each was pleasant and very customer oriented. I totally recommend this place for everyone looking for a special place to share with that special person.

Chart House
2588 South Coast Highway 101
Cardiff, CA 92007
760-463-4044
http://chart-house.com