King's Chinese Restaurant
13200 NE 28th Street
Bellevue WA 98005
More pauper than prince, King's comes up short
By: Steve G
Kings Chinese Restaurant is in Bellevue, situated across the street from the Harley Davidson dealership. This is the third incarnation of a Chinese restaurant at this location. Originally this restaurant was known as Mings Seafood, which gave way to simply Mings, evolving finally to the name Kings. We were hoping for great things for Kings Restaurant as a fresh start brings the opportunity for new improvements. While the name Kings Restaurant led us to hope that it would deliver food fit for a king, the borderline taste combined with poor service left us with a bad taste in our mouths.
From the exterior, we were expecting at least decent decor inside, but as we walked in we were disappointed to see only to a very boring interior. With drab colors on the walls, a small scattering of Chinese-themed decorations and a fish tank in the front, the result was somewhat depressingexemplified by the fishes bored expressions. The restaurant looked as if it had been converted from an office building without much ambiance for patrons.
Service was quick, but in this case, quick did not equal goodhere, it appeared that service was fast in order to get us out of the restaurant fast. Immediately after sitting down, the waitress asked us what we wanted to order. Grant, Lenny and I asked for a few minutes to decide, and when we declined to order dim sum, she proceeded to give all three of us an icy stare that could chill the sun. Icy stare aside, we wanted to get to the heart of the restaurant: the food. If there was anything that could redeem the hostile service, it would be the quality of the meal.
The reviewers had three types of dishes: Szechuan Chicken and Almond Chicken. Lenny tested the Szechuan Chicken and commented that the chicken was supposed to be spicy but ended up being vaguely mild to not spicy at all. While the dish is called Szechuan Chicken, he only ended up with a few pieces commenting that the dish had more vegetables than meat. Typically when one orders a chicken dish, usually there is a substantial amount of chicken with the plate. The rice was a longer, thicker grain rice consistent with what you would find in Uncle Bens or minute rice. The dish almost came with an egg roll which also had a deficiency of taste to it. The egg roll seems very mushy and soggy and the contents also tasted bland.
The Almond Chicken was composed of deep fried chicken covered in a gravy sauce and chopped almonds. I scored it 6, because the meal did not live up to its description on the menu and ended up tasting bland. It lacked the enjoyable consistency and taste of almond chicken sampled at other restaurants. The chicken was lightly breaded and most of the taste came from the sauce on top of the chicken. The chicken was a little overcooked, and had a very dry taste to it. All of the dishes came with egg drop soup and an egg roll, but all us concurred that the food was mediocre at best.
The three of us were split on the service scores. Lenny thought that their service was decent since the food came out extremely quick and gave Kings a 7, but I thought that the service was too slapdash and the staff were not very friendly, earning them a 5.
While the exterior seems decent, sadly Kings fails to live up to its name. Mediocre food with decent to poor service does not make it a place to recommend. Thankfully, there are excellent options for Chinese food less than a couple blocks away.