I forgot to make my lunch as I spent the previous night celebrating my husband’s recent award at work. I asked Office Dad if he wanted to get something light for lunch, as we both are trying to cut back on the amount of food we eat. He wanted to check out Soluxe, as he heard the food and management has changed and improved from the previous year.
When we walked in, we noticed that there was a buffet with REAL Chinese food, like yams, steamed meats, plain rice and homemade soup. Office Dad said the restaurant is owned by an oil company, and the restaurant feeds it employees and houses them too. We wanted to eat the same food as it looked really good in a homemade sort of way. Unfortunately, the manager said no.
There were a ton of Chinese seniors at Soluxe. The restaurant was packed full of them. If you ever need an ego boost, come here for dim sum. I felt young and glamorous. FYI – that’s Office Dad’s head in the background. I prefer to be an anonymous blogger, and that means my friends are also incognito. However, I thought I’d tease you with a peek of the infamous Office Dad.
Office Dad didn’t like the chairs, which were too low. We felt like little kids eating at the table. I didn’t like that whenever a dish was ready, it was thrown at the table by the front. There were cleaning rags that would touch against a plate, too darn close to the food.
Office Dad ordered XO Beef Chow Fun ($12.99). We didn’t detect any heat to the dish, despite the XO sauce. The dish wasn’t uniformly hot. The beef tasted like it was sitting around and then thrown in the dish at the last moment. The green peppers, onions and particularly the bean sprouts were undercooked. The noodles themselves were too thin and chopped up. The portion was much smaller than U&Me.
The Sui Mai ($5.99) tasted better than it looked. There was a whole shrimp and a half. The pork mixture was bouncy and pleasantly chewy. As good as U&Me’s version.
Some of the popular dishes I saw come out of the kitchen include a rice roll Chinese doughnut, fried chow mein with beef, steamed buns and deep-fried crab balls. Portions for those particular dishes looked like a healthy size.
FYI – the food takes quite a while to come out. Though the restaurant was busy, I was surprised at the amount of time it took for our dishes to come out.