My husband and I went for lunch at Green Tea on Good Friday. Strangely, when we called a week in advance to make a reservation in anticipation of a big crowd on a holiday, the restaurant said that we didn’t need a reservation for a party of two; we could just walk in. That proved not to be the case; the restaurant was packed when we arrived at 11:40 am. We were lucky enough to grab one of the last few remaining tables, and people who streamed in after 12 pm had to wait in the restaurant’s tiny foyer. Considering the restaurant’s reluctance to accept reservations for small parties, it would be a good idea to avoid weekends or holidays or to arrive early.
We recommend the following dishes despite small dissatisfaction:
1. Teppanyaki Green Bass (绿茶烤鱼) was very tasty but full of bones. One has to be very careful when chewing to avoid choking on them.
2. Fried Rice Cake with Shredded Pork (绿茶招牌烩年糕) was equally delicious except that there was not much pork to begin with and one has to dig to the bottom of the plate to get the paltry amount hidden there.
3. The chicken in Spicy Chicken with Peanuts (非一般的辣子鸡) tasted even better than the ones I’d had in Beijing; it helped that the chicken pieces had no bones. However, the peanuts were not crunchy enough.
We do not recommend the following dishes:
1. The appetizer, Steamed Lotus Root Stuffed with Sticky Rice (西湖藕韵), was too sweet even for a dessert, which it was not supposed to be.
2. The specialty drinks, Water Chestnut and Coix Seed Beverage (马蹄薏仁水) and Bamboo Cane and Temperate Beverage (竹蔗茅根水), were so diluted that one couldn’t taste any of the ingredients.
3. The dessert, Mochi in Brown Sugar (手工红糖糍粑), was also very bland.
4. The dessert, Bread Temptation (面包诱惑), was nothing special other than a gimmick. Only the top layer of the bread was slightly toasted; the other layers were simply dry. If you like sweet, dry bread with ice cream, then it’s a dish for you. However, you may want to order it at the end of the meal. Otherwise, the server will bring it in the middle of the meal, forcing you either to eat a dessert before finishing the entrees or wait till the end of the meal to eat it in proper order, albeit risking the ice cream melting.
Our biggest complaint about the restaurant is the fact that it doesn’t accept credit cards. What’s more, the policy is neither announced on the website nor posted anywhere in the restaurant. It was entirely coincidental that my husband happened to carry his debit card with him on that day; otherwise, who knows what would have happened? It is extremely inconsiderate of a restaurant to inconvenience its customers in order to save fees to credit card companies. The least it should have done is to give fair warnings to its customers about its payment policy so no one will be caught off guard and embarrassed as a result.
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