|Seafood Chow Fun at Lan Garden in Ridgefield contains shrimp, scallops and tender squid with broad rice noodles.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
On my third visit to Lan Garden, a new Chinese restaurant in Ridgefield, I tried a noodle dish and ordered a whole fish steamed, not fried.
The restaurant's soft opening has been extended, and the grand opening is now set for Sept. 1.
Until then, all food is 30% off, and until Lan Garden gets its liquor license, customers can bring their own beer or wine.
That's contrary to what I was told on my previous visit.
The food is good, but service is still a bit slow, and the kitchen is having trouble filling orders, even when the restaurant isn't full.
On Saturday night, me and my wife ordered four dishes and a fifth one to go, hoping to have a lot of leftovers to bring home to other family members.
I wanted to order the delicious Lobster with Ginger and Scallion I had on my last visit, but the waiter said the lobsters weighed about 3 pounds and were priced at $19.95 a pound.
So, I asked for a whole flounder to be steamed with ginger and scallion ($26.95).
|Steamed Whole Flounder with Ginger and Scallion.|
|Sweet and Sour Chicken.|
String beans came out first
Of the four dishes we ordered, Szechuan Style String Beans ($13.95) came out first, followed by Seafood Chow Fun ($16.95), Sweet and Sour Chicken ($14.95) and the large whole flounder ($26.95).
Those are the prices before the 30% discount.
Lan Garden ran a newspaper ad Friday, claiming it serves food from "China's 8 Classic Regions."
But the limited menu we were given on Saturday night was written on two side of one page with even fewer choices than on my previous visits.
|Szechuan Style String Beans.|
|The servers and kitchen are still trying to get their acts together.|
Lan Garden, 88 Route 46 west, Ridgefield; 201-840-8688. Call for hours during the soft opening.