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Asian Pearl


Tonight we went over to the Asian Pearl in Clearwater for dinner.  This was our first visit and definitely not our last.  The food was fresh and tasty from start to finish.  We started off with the wonton soup for two.

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It comes with 4 dumplings, but we’d already devoured two of them before I took the photo.  The broth was light with a nice flavor.  Perfect for a rainy Sunday night.  The dumplings were homemade and filled with pork and shrimp.  Next up was the salt and pepper calamari.

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We both love calamari and order it in almost every restaurant we go to and this version was delicious. We’ve had salt & pepper calamari at other Chinese restaurants, but this one had the herbs and peppers in a tangy vinegar based sauce.  It added a different dimension to the dish because not only did you get the saltiness, you also got a little sour that worked really well.  Loren ordered the Kung Pao Chicken for his entree.

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It came with green beans, mushrooms and onions in a spicy sauce.  He really enjoyed it and had leftovers for the next day.  I went for the orange chicken.

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It was served with baby bok choy.  The chicken was tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside with a sweet orange glaze.  Very tasty.  White rice was also included with both dishes and I also had leftovers.  We decided to try the coconut milk balls as a dessert.

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These were interesting.  I actually thought they were going to be smaller and was surprised at how big they were.  We ended up taking half of them home.  It’s a crispy exterior surrounding a creamy custard inside.  They’re actually on the appetizer menu, but they work really well as a dessert.  For the ones I brought home, I dipped them in some melted chocolate and they were divine. Service was great, they kept drinks filled and plates cleared.  Total bill with a drink was $49 and we’ll be back again.

Asian Pearl
2551 Drew St #104
Clearwater, FL
727-797-1888

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

We were out in Plant City this morning and stopped at Yummy House on our way back home.  I don’t think we can eat here without ordering the salt and pepper calamari.

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It has the perfect crunch, the perfect saltiness, the perfect tenderness.  It’s just awesome.  I also wanted some egg rolls.

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These were very fresh and tasty as well.  The shells were crispy and the filling flavorful.  I think I could just stop with appetizers and be quite satisfied.  For his entree, Loren ordered the Kung Po chicken.

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Note the evil peppers trying to hide among the veggies.  He said it had a wonderful flavor, lots of peanuts, and perfectly cooked chicken and vegetables.  I ordered the sweet & sour shrimp and scallops.

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I wasn’t as happy with my dish.  The shrimp were good, but the scallops had an odd taste to them.  Everything was drenched in the sweet & sour sauce, so there wasn’t any crunch left.  I wouldn’t order it again.  I ended up ordering some beef & broccoli to take home for later.  It was very tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $54.

Yummy House China Bistro
2620 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL
813-237-3838

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Tampa
  • Too Slow


    I’ve been wanting to try the new PF Chang’s at Countryside Mall, but the wait has been outrageous since they opened.  We happened to be over there early today and were able to get a table in the bar area.  We started off with the salt and pepper calamari.

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    Definitely not worth the wait and we waited a long time for the appetizer to come out of the kitchen.  They don’t put the salt & pepper on it when it comes out of the fryer, instead giving you a container to sprinkle it on.  It loses its appeal because it doesn’t stick to the calamari properly.  As for the calamari, it was chewy.  The dipping sauce that came with it tasted like it came right out of a jar.  It was not good.  For his entree, Loren chose the sesame chicken.

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    He liked the flavor of it, but the veggies didn’t taste fresh at all.  The chicken was tender and the sauce was sort of sweet and spicy.  I tried the honey chicken.

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    Again, the flavor was ok, but the chicken wasn’t tender enough for me.  Overall, it tasted like overpriced chain restaurant food.  Nothing we ate had any sort of freshness to it.  It was all just very generic.  The wait was ridiculous for both the appetizer and the entrees.  It’s just not an efficiently run restaurant at this point.  When we got up to leave, a woman came barreling at us to grab the table since the wait for the dining room was so long.   Total bill with a drink was $41.

    P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
    27001 US Highway 19N #115
    Clearwater, FL
    727-724-6316

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    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.0/5
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  • Yummy


    I’ve been wanting to try the new Yummy House out on Hillsborough for a while and we were finally out that way today so we stopped in for lunch.  It was really crowded.  The restaurant is a lot bigger than the other one, but the waiting area was very small and people just kept coming in the door.  We had to wait about 15-20 minutes, but the food was worth the wait.  We started off with the salt and pepper calamari.

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    This is one tasty appetizer.  Granted, I shake off most of the pepper and other stuff on it, but Loren enjoys every last bite.  The batter it’s dipped in is light and crunchy, the calamari is tender and the salt just adds an amazing little zing to it.  There are a lot of items on the menu and it’s all very reasonably priced.  Loren settled on the beef short ribs with black pepper sauce.

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    He said it was good, but he probably wouldn’t order it again because it was difficult to eat since the ribs were still on the bone.  It had a very intense black pepper flavor to it.  I ordered the orange chicken.

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    It was very tender with a sweet mandarin orange flavor.  You do have to order rice separately here, but with a drink the entire meal was $36.  Everything is just very fresh and flavorful.  They also walk around with dim sum and other items on carts that you can order, but we both had leftovers as it was, so we didn’t try anything else.

    Yummy House China Bistro
    2620 E Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-237-3838

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Tampa
  • Loren was craving Chinese food tonight, so off to Big Bok Choy we went.  The table we were sitting at was kinda dark, so my photos are a bit on the blurry side.  But that didn’t change the tastiness of the food.  I’m still on my fried dumpling kick, so we had to get some for an appetizer.

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    Yum, yum, yum.  The filling was very flavorful and there were actually more than we could eat if we wanted to be able to finish our entrees.  The leftovers made for a great snack the next day.  We didn’t stray from our normal dinner order, there are just some things that are so good, it’s hard to pass up when we come back here.  First some wonton soup, then the hunan chicken for Loren and the honey garlic chicken for me.

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    The hot peppers in Loren’s dish were bigger than usual, which was probably a good thing so he could pick them out of the dish.  Even pulling them out, he was still sniffling a little from the heat.  But, he loves how they enhance the flavor of the dish.  My chicken was tender and the sauce is sweet, but not overly so.  It has a tanginess that keeps me coming back for more.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

    Big Bok Choy Bistro
    3730 Tampa Road #6
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1961

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Oldsmar