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“food good but lots of negatives go with it”

Chun He Lou (Zhongshan Road)
Ranked #36 of 1,122 Restaurants in Qingdao
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We are visiting Qingdao over the National Day holiday, were walking down Zhongshan Lu when my wife saw this restaurant and said "Oh this is a famous restaurant in Qingdao" and it was lunchtime so we decided to go. We could not get into the second floor restaurant, it was too full, so we tried downstairs. The first floor restaurant is also quite crowded and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. Two Korean women in front of us were kind enough to share a table for 4 with them. After you get your seat then you line up at the payment counter to order and pay. Nobody tells you this so there should be at least two of you, one person to keep your seats and the other to order. They have a special chicken dish which I must admit was really quite tasty. I believe they baked the chicken first then quick fried it - the chicken was tender and juicy. We also had Chinese cabbage with shrimp (also quite good), Chinese dumplings (Jiao zi) and a tofu soup. The soup was a bit salty but everything else was quite tasty. The trouble with this place is that there are always people walking by checking how far you are along in your meal so they can take your table when you leave. Also, this place had no hot water (kai shui) which is routinely served at other Chinese restaurants. After a party leaves a table everything gets cleared away but the table really does not get cleaned. The person wipes it off with a wet cloth and there is still an oily smudge on the tabletop. Service was atrocious; we must have asked 5 times for our soup. My wife said the women's bathroom was filthy. This place has all the hallmarks of a tourist restaurant - a place at which the employees could care less about your dining experience because there are five people waiting to take your seat.

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