Chinatown Brasserie does a few of things right.
First of all, they are not in Chinatown, which is a welcome surprise for those of us who are not the most patient of street walkers.
Second of all, they have a bar -- not necessarily a given with Chinese restaurants.
And third of all, they have bar snacks on their bar. Automatically. Not time sensitive 4:45pm-only snacks. Not snacks that you have to be French and know to ask for. They have pre-distributed bar snacks resting in big bowls along the length of the bar.
The problem with said bar snacks is that they are very spicy.
|Lethal Bar Snacks|
Nevertheless, we are not here for the bar snacks; we are here because Claire Robinson said that Chinatown Brasserie’s eggrolls are the best CRUNCHY food she has ever eaten. Vodka Stinger, having just returned from a whirlwind trip around the world of Epcot, has been temporarily turned off by eggrolls due to the chicken that Epcot China chooses to stick in theirs (which is just wrong). So there is mild skepticism as we wait for Chinatown Brasserie’s crunchers to arrive.
When they do, they are perfectly proportioned for our tour: two eggrolls, each sliced diagonally down the middle. They have a thick skin as all of the best eggrolls do (none of that flimsy spring roll wrapping), and there is no sign of chicken lurking inside.
Finally biting into it, they do indeed crunch. They crunch much more than one would expect from an eggroll. They are jam-packed with shrimp and veggies that tumble from the casing onto our plates, laps, and chins. They’re pretty good.
|Thankfully No Chicken|
And while you’re at it, have a napkin, have a chopstick, have a chair (Bernadette Peters Gypsy reference courtesy of the still-grieving Vodka Stinger).
Chinatown Brasserie’s Eggrolls: 3 stars