|Shrimp Soong at Lotus Cafe in Hackensack.|
By Victor E. Sasson
We planned to have dinner at Seafood Gourmet, the popular fish market-restaurant in Maywood, but couldn't get a reservation before 8:30 on Saturday night.
So, we jumped into the car and drove a couple of miles to Lotus Cafe in Hackensack, our favorite restaurant for Chinese-style seafood.
Three of use ordered seafood soup, a shrimp dish, a fish dish and a vegetable stir fried with fresh garlic, plus small bowls of complimentary white and brown rice. We took home leftovers.
|My portion of Seafood Soup for 3 ($11.25) contained a stray piece of meat, which I gave to my wife in return for the tender squid she put in my bowl.|
|Our waiter divided and served the soup, as well as the Shrimp Soong.|
From the menu's list of Chef's Specialties, we chose Shrimp Soong ($16.95), a delicious combination of minced shrimp with celery, pine nuts, black mushrooms, water chestnuts, sweet pepper and peas, which we ate wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
|Ask for chili paste to spice up your food.|
Our second seafood dish was one of our favorites, Filet of Sole with Scallion & Ginger ($16.95), and our vegetable was Chinese Broccoli stir fried with fresh garlic, a vegetable that is both leafy and crunchy ($9.95).
We found that all of the dishes but the soup served four.
|Filet of Sole with Scallion & Ginger.|
Lotus Cafe, 450 Hackensack Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center, Hackensack; 1-201-488-7070. BYO. Free delivery within 3 miles ($12 minimum).
|Lotus Cafe is a BYO.|