Don’t just fill the spot, satisfy it at Chan’s Place

August 11, 2009

By David Hayes

When I go out to eat lunch, unless I’m in a hurry, I like to enjoy the meal. I want my order to hit the spot, not just fill it.

Consider it mission accomplished at Chan’s Place, in the Klahanie Village. The lunch menu has ample choices to not only satisfy my appetite but whet it, too.For my first foray into the restaurant, I found very little to criticize. The décor featured a simple Asian motif. The background music remained there — my dining companion and I never had to talk over the tunes, which were, again, appropriate for an Asian setting.

The first pleasant surprise came on the lunch menu, which features 20 choices, served with egg drop or hot and sour soup, and barbecue pork fried rice or steamed rice.

Several of the choices actually came with two main entrées. Many lunch specials come with just one main entrée.

So to get the more flavor combinations for our buck, I ordered the General Tso’s chicken and Buddhist Delight — a vegetarian selection — and my companion ordered the Mongolian beef and sweet and sour pork.

The pleasant surprises kept coming from there. The tea tasted full-bodied, not watered down. Even the hot and sour soup had a robust flavor unlike any other Chinese restaurant I’ve tried.

The plate was filled to the brim. So come hungry.

First, the chicken was lightly breaded but incredibly flavorful. The sauce for the veggies was delicious. So vegetarians, there’s plenty for you to enjoy at Chan’s.

Spicy Mongolian beef arrived in a satisfying brown sauce studded with plenty of dried chilies. Sweet and sour pork was crisp, in a sauce that was sweet but not cloying.

Even the fried rice was tasty. In fact, every food item seemed to be prepared from a menu that drew from a different region of China. None of it was like anything I’d had before at other establishments.

The best part of the meal was the effect it had on my wallet, which was negligible. The meals are all under $9.

I’m already salivating, thinking of returning for dinner. The menu is so big, Chan’s offers several combination specials, whether for a single person or a family, to remove the agonizing decision making process.

The only shame about Chan’s I could spot was that more people were not enjoying the wonderful food on a Friday payday. I’m definitely adding Chan’s to my list of places that can hit the spot.

Chan’s Place

44592 Klahanie Drive S.E., Klahanie Village, 313-8883

www.chansplaces.com

11 a.m. until 9:15 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. – 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Lunch menu: 11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, $6.75 – $8.95

Appetizers: $6.25 – $12.25

Family dining $12.95 – $14.75 per person; single combinations $8.50 – $14.50 per person; entrées $9.25 – $14.95

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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