Rose Garden Seafood Restaurant – Deep Fried Crab
About 2 weeks ago, we were still trying to get in on the 2012 Alaskan King Crab season but all of the prices went through the roof by mid-March. Rose Garden Seafood Restaurant has been one of our go-to places in the neighbourhood for Chinese take out but we’ve only dined in the restaurant once before many years ago. It was a family dinner – one thing led to another, yada, yada, yada… and we’ve been too embarrassed to return since then.
While Rose Garden had some King Crab left, the smallest was about 9 pounds and the price was $18/lb (I heard the following day prices jumped up to over $24/lb so this was still a pretty good deal – in fact, when we left, the owner said that someone had just ordered 3 ten pound crabs for later in the night). Since there was just two of us, we didn’t think we could justify $200 for just the crab. Instead, we got the next best thing… regular dungeness crab at a more manageable 3 lbs ($12/lb) deep fried and spicy (jiu yim).
This was still a lot of crab for 2 people but we managed to finish it all – including the yummy (but probably bad for you) deep fried crab innards stuck to the shell.
We were originally going to get a beef brisket hot pot but the owner suggested that we try out this dish… Beef Brisket with Lo Bak (daikon). The beef brisket was extremely tender and melt-in-your-mouth – I like how the beef wasn’t too fatty like some other restaurants. The daikon was sliced thin so it was very tender as well – if not a little too slippery (okay, I’ll admit that a couple of pieces of daikon slipped out of my chopsticks).
We also wound up ordering a small dish of Snow Pea Tips stir-fried in garlic.
No Chinese meal would be complete without some complimentary dessert – in this case, Red Bean Soup.
The interior is a bit homey and the owner has always seemed pretty friendly to all the customers.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4 / 5