This hole in the wall spot along Archibald has been around for some years now and seems pretty unassuming at first. You walk in to a seemingly traditional chinese restaurant: mirrored walls, faint music playing, prints of koi fish and dragons on the walls, lots of red accents, a fish tank, etc but the smell from the kitchen as you walk in is the 1st indicator that you are going to be treated to a great meal.
I first came here as a guest of a Chinese friend and her family, which is a clue right there, this restaurant has a strong following in the asian communitiy, and on any given night about 80% of the customers are Asian, so for me that vouches that this place has good authentic food. Theres an extensive menu in Chinese/English, and apparently if its not on the menu but you know what you want the cook can make it for you, which is a huge draw for many missing a taste of home. Yes they have your expected orange chicken ( which is really tasty and can be ordered spicy) but they also have some more exotic items I have yet to try like their numerous soups, noodle dishes and braised sea urchin. They have some great lunch deals as well, under $6 for a generous helping of food. Its amazing what their little kichen in the back with their smiling cook can turn out!
Everything is cooked to order so there can be a bit of a wait if the place is crowded since theres only 1 or 2 cooks making everything fresh, but the wait is worth it. ( You can also call your order in and pick it up). Plenty of hot green tea , pickled vegetables and wonton strips while you wait. Theres no kids menu but we try to ask to sit near the fish tank so the kids can be distracted by that for a bit.
Food arrives family style, and LOTS of it, just 2 entrees and the white rice that come with it can feed a family of 4 with leftovers for under $20 easily.
My only regret is that this place is closed on Mondays, but those cooks do such an outstanding job I can’t begrudge them for the day off. :)