A Tale of Two Cities: Gourmet City

An op-ed review by Justin Shaw, Tech Chair and boba enthusiast

A couple colleagues along with myself came to Gourmet City for lunch. Color us surprised as we walked into an empty restaurant around noon-time on a weekday. However, the emptiness is not indicative of the restaurant quality — Our boba drinks came very rapidly, and at a very respectable $2 a pop, which was the precursor to the rest of our food.

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Food: We ordered the toothpick lamb, which is on par with other similar restaurants such as Spicy City, minus the wait. The spicy cold noodles were also very good — spicy, but not too overwhelming. The spicy chicken is also drenched in sauce, which makes a nice addition to rice. Instead of leaving it floating around the bowl once the chicken is finished, I like to add it as an enhancing ‘sauce’ to my rice. Surely, I can’t be the only one whose Asian parents did this. Lastly, the sweet and sour noodles were delectable as well — in which the left overs can also be spread over rice.

Service: Because the restaurant was pretty empty, the servers were very attentive and the food came very quickly. Our waters were refilled promptly (an important benchmark in my reviews as I drink water like a fish, even more so when there is spiciness involved).

In conclusion, I would come back here if I didn’t have the luxury of waiting around for a table at a more popular and smaller restaurant, like Spicy City. The food at Spicy City may be better, but only marginally, which has Gourmet City beating it out for a quick lunch rendezvous.