Well, the business trip was my wife's; I was along to provide conjugal support. The first night her conference included dinner for her, and I waited to go out myself till she might be back. As the clock ticked past nine, I figured I should wait no longer--and was dismayed to discover that, by 9 pm, week-night restaurants in little Hanover stop taking customers. The Orient, however, was still open, and ready to accommodate me. I give it high marks just for that.
The menu offers the full range of dishes one customarily finds in Chinese restaurants in the US. Intriguingly, it also has a list of what it calls "authentic dishes" (which can only be read to mean that the rest of the menu is, at least for Chinese tastes, inauthentic and dumbed down for unsophisticated American palates). So I picked one of the "authentic" offerings, 孜 然 羊 肉 "Sliced lamb with Cumin". How have I not found such a delicious choice on menus elsewhere in the US? I was thrilled. My wife, finding me there when her work session had ended, tasted it and--though she had already had dinner--ended up savoring a third of my plate.
Prices are affordable, and I did return for lunch later in the week. The lunch menu (even more affordable) did not have anything the owners deem "authentic," and what I picked was conventional, edible, and forgettable. But for the sliced lamb with cumin I'd certainly go back.
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