A Review of Pottstown’s New Asia Steakhouse

I had lunch at the new Asia Steakhouse today, in the West End Shopping Center, Pottstown.  It was formerly Gourmet Buffet.  Walking in the door was shocking (in a good way) as the new décor is amazing.  It truly is a major remodel.  Gleaming hardwood floors, new booths, tables and chairs, dishes, flatware etc…  Everything smelled brand new and was impeccably clean.

The lunch menu has a nice variety to choose from.  We both opted for the combination meals.  The combo meals come with soup or salad and dessert.  The entrée comes with either white or egg fried rice.  The prices are very reasonable!  Our bill for two lunches and two iced teas was $17.97

We both started with Wonton soup which was nicely prepared and very flavorful.

I ordered Shredded Beef in Peking Sauce, which is spicy.  It included delicious tender beef and tons of vegetables.  My friend ordered General Tso’s Chicken which also looked appetizing and included broccoli.  The presentations were excellent.  The new plates, which are rectangular and white, enhance the artfully displayed and colorful food.  The egg fried rice was also good. 

Portion sizes are just right for lunch.  Not too big, not too small.  I am full but not stuffed.

For dessert we were treated to a small square of chocolate cake with chocolate sauce decorating the plate.  A nice sweet treat to round off the meal.

Our server was very friendly as was the host who greeted us at the door.

My friend used the ladies’ room and she reported it is beautiful and clean!

You are dining in elegant surroundings but not paying a premium price for great food.

Welcome to Pottstown Asia Steakhouse.  Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up!

Asia Steakhouse

131 Shoemaker Road

Pottstown, PA  19464

(610) 323-0599

Ruby Tuesday, Lehigh Valley Mall, Restaurant Review

I needed to go to Allentown today and had a coupon for a free burger at Ruby Tuesday so I decided to hit the Lehigh Valley Mall as part of my trip.

Let’s just dive right in!

I was seated right away and the host was pleasant.  Sadly, I waited entirely too long for my server to make her way to my table.  They were NOT busy.  Once she arrived she was pleasant enough, but it took entirely too long.

Décor is tomb-like.  Talk about being ripe for a make-over!  Oy veh, I almost needed a miner’s helmet!  Everything is dark, including the lighting.  Whole place needs a gut and remodel.  Calling Candice Olson!  http://www.hgtv.com/candice-olson/bio/index.html  Worst décor in a Ruby Tuesday I have EVER seen!

The salad bar was awesome as usual.  Ruby Tuesday has a very nice salad bar.  It’s only $2.99 with a meal or sandwich so what the hell.  The salad bar was well stocked, clean, fresh and all those important things.

My entrée was a total disappointment.  I asked for my burger to be medium well.  It was medium rare.  There was entirely too much BBQ sauce, hardly any bacon, blue cheese or onion rings.  It was the Boston Blue Burger (a Ruby Tuesday signature item) topped with blue cheese crumbles, crisp onion rings, and our house-made Boston barbecue sauce $8.99.  If that’s a signature item you all should close the damn doors!  It SUCKED!  The meat, in addition to being undercooked, was tasteless.  I don’t think it was seasoned (don’t we watch the Food Network?)  It came with unlimited fries.

For dessert I tried the Tiramisu.  I asked the waitress if it was good and she didn’t know.  I gambled thinking it if sucked I would complain about it.  Thankfully, it was a nice sized portion and very tasty.  I could taste all the flavors and it was fresh.  The $4.99 price was a good value for a restaurant dessert.

The waitress did keep my tea glass full and she did offer me more French fries with the crappy entrée, which I declined.  She gets a few points for that.  She also wished me a happy birthday since my free meal was a birthday gift from Ruby Tuesday.  It is a shame that a signature item was so awful.  I have eaten and at number of Ruby Tuesday restaurants and have always enjoyed my food.  However, I never tried a burger before.  Nor will I again.

Décor/Ambience – F

Salad bar – A

Entrée – F

Dessert – A

Service – B

Overall score – C

Restaurant Review Of P.F. Chang’s Collegeville

This afternoon I was treated to lunch at P.F. Chang’s new location in Collegeville.  I helped some friends with their computer so they treated me to lunch.  Like that kind of tech support barter 🙂

We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and the restaurant was already full and taking names.  However, there were empty tables in the bar area.  One of the servers came into the lobby and offered us immediate seating in the bar.  Now that restaurants are NON SMOKING in PA, that’s not a problem anymore.

The table was very small, but since there were three of us, we utlized the empty chair for storage, LOL!

The decor and feel reminded me of Brew Moon at the KOP mall.  An upscale, contemporary bistro look.

Our server was excellent!!  He was attentive and friendly without being overbearing, too chatty or a clown.  He was familiar with the menu and offered helpful suggestions.  He wasn’t pushy either!

We all tried their Iced Tea.  Ginny and I had the Mango flavored and Charlie had the Fiesta flavored.  It was very good.  The waiter kept our glasses full without having to be asked, which is something I expect.

I ordered the Mu Shu Pork (a personal favorite), Ginny had a Shanghi Shrimp with garlic sauce and Charlie had Sweet and Sour Pork.

We also ordered an appetizer to nibble on while we waited for our food to arrive.  We ordered the Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  It was very good and the filling was plentiful.  The only thing I didn’t like was that you had to make the wrap yourself.  They provided four pieces of lettuce and you had to do the deed.  There was plenty of filling left over which was nice.  I would have preferred the wraps to have been made for me.  Just sayin….

The food came in a reasonable amount of time.  It was hot, nicely executed/presented and the portions were good.  We all ordered the brown rice which was also perfectly cooked!

My only complaint was the pancakes for the Mu Shu were too flimsy.  The first one fell apart so I doubled up the next three.  I ate the rest with my fork.  I heard no complaints from my lunch companions and everybody made a clean plate!  Ginny’s shrimp were nice looking and Charlie was very happy with his pork.

They brought over the dessert tray and since we were all on the full side, we opted for their own version of a dessert shooter called mini dessert.  I believe they had Strawberry Cheesecake and I had Tiramisu.  The other dessert portions are MAMMOUTH!  They easily serve 2 – 3 people!

P.F. Changs also offers a number of gluten free selections, dinner for two which is four courses for $39.95 and a kids menu.

I give P.F. Chang’s Collgeville two thumbs up.  Make sure you make reservations!  It fills up fast!