11042 Reading Rd
Sharonville, OH 45241-1929
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Chinese Imperial Inn

(Between E Sharon Rd and Creek Rd)

Neighborhoods: Sharonville
Cuisine: Chinese, Breakfast, Pan Asian

Chinese Imperial Inn is a Chinese, Breakfast, and Pan Asian restaurant where most Menuism users came for a meal on the go and paid between $10 and $25.

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GregS18348

 Blue Ash, OH
 

Great Menu - Hidden Gem

I have lived within a couple of miles of this place for nine years. I have driven by it literally hundreds of times. I have eaten at The Blue Goose next door at least a dozen times. I knew it was there. I finally stopped in when I saw it on-line on enjoymenu.com, an on-line ordering site, which showed pick-up and delivery was available. I ordered from the extensive dinner menu, and headed out for my pick-up. Since the verification notice did not include any particulars, I called to verify the restaurant received it. They had not. I was told they have no on-line presence at all. Hmmm…. I placed my order the old fashioned way.

CII serves dim sum, but apparently only on the weekends and at lunch. Even so, they have the greatest selection of items I have seen in a long, long time. I understand this is a favorite of the Asian locals. That’s always a good sign. They have a fresh fish tank in the back, which says a lot.

I ordered the Hot & Sour Seafood Soup, Chicken Egg Drop Soup, Fried Won Tons (8), Chicken and Green Beans, and Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce. The last two come with Steamed Rice. I was told 20 minutes, and when I arrived 20 minutes later – it was ready. The young lady was very friendly, and seemed appreciative when I showed her where the on-line menu could be found. She apologized as some prices had gone up from what the website said (by about 8% or so).

The food was well packed, remained hot during the 20 minute ride home, and was found to be as follows:

The Won Tons (8 in an order) followed the latest trend of being wrapped up like Tortellini, and the same small size. It seems that the days of the little handkerchief fold, homemade Won Tons are gone. Except when I make them at home. They were overcooked, and a little bit hard and chewy. The accompanying Sweet & Sour sauce was pretty good though. I wouldn’t order them again.

I liked the Hot & Sour Seafood Soup for its flavor, but it wasn’t very spicy, at least not to me. Not too much Seafood in there, and for the price difference from regular H&S Soup, I don’t think it was worth it.

The Chicken Egg Drop Soup was pretty good. No complaints there.

I enjoyed the Chicken and Green Beans quite a bit, but I will ask for either the garlic sauce or some extra spice in there next time. It needed just a little something extra. The chicken was sliced all-white chicken breast, and I found it to be very tender. The green beans were sautéed perfectly. A 4.5 out of 5 dish.

Lastly, the Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce cold have used a touch of heat, or a little more garlic in the sauce, too. The accompanying vegetables were nicely cooked, and the eggplant was excellent. Soft, yet firm enough to be easily grasped by a set of chopsticks. I would say another 4.5 out of 5 dish.

I was given an entire large container of steamed rice. There must have been 2 pounds of it in there. And it was – well – rice. Oh, and it was steamed.

Overall a reasonable experience. A little hit, a little miss. I would give it a 3.5/5, if I could, so I’ll bump it up on good faith to a 4. I will definitely return though, if nothing else to try some of the more unusual items on the dinner menu, such as the Jellyfish in Sesame Oil, Fish Belly or Clam & Winter Melon Soup, Blue or Dungeness Crab, Manila Clams, Lobster, Shrimp w/Ginger, Sautéed Frog or Seafood Casserole – Yum. Perhaps the Shrimp, Scallops and Squid in Garlic Sauce? Hmmmmm…..

Good stuff - Chicken Egg Drop Soup (Small) at Chinese Imperial Inn

Chicken Egg Drop Soup (Small)

The Chicken Egg Drop Soup was pretty good. No complaints there.

Hot & Sour Seafood Soup (Small)

I liked the Hot & Sour Seafood Soup for its flavor, but it wasn’t very spicy, at least not to me. Not too much Seafood in there, and for the price difference from regular H&S Soup, I don’t think it was worth it.

Also Excellent - Chicken With Green Beans at Chinese Imperial Inn

Chicken With Green Beans

I enjoyed the Chicken and Green Beans quite a bit, but I will ask for either the garlic sauce or some extra spice in there next time. It needed just a little something extra. The chicken was sliced all-white chicken breast, and I found it to be very tender. The green beans were sautéed perfectly. A 4.5 out of 5 dish. I bumped it to a 5.

This comes with steamed rice.

Excellent - Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce at Chinese Imperial Inn

Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce

The Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce cold have used a touch of heat, or a little more garlic in the sauce, too. The accompanying vegetables were nicely cooked, and the eggplant was excellent. Soft, yet firm enough to be easily grasped by a set of chopsticks. I would say another 4.5 out of 5 dish. I bumped it to a 5.

This comes with steamed rice.

Not great. Chewy and as small as Tortellini - Fried Won Tons (8) at Chinese Imperial Inn

Fried Won Tons (8)

The Won Tons (8 in an order) followed the latest trend of being wrapped up like Tortellini, and the same small size. It seems that the days of the little handkerchief fold, homemade Won Tons are gone. Except when I make them at home. They were overcooked, and a little bit hard and chewy. The accompanying Sweet & Sour sauce was pretty good though. I wouldn’t order them again.

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