16 August 2010

Windchimes Chinese

Windchimes is an inexpensive Chinese restaurant in an unassuming Dublin strip mall. I loved Yu's Fusion Bistro in Lewis Center (now closed), which shared the same ownership as Windchimes. Windchimes prepares more everyday Chinese fare than Yu's, which was a little more adventurous (and priced accordingly).

Windchimes features a decent array of vegetarian options. The kitchen is able to prepare vegan dishes upon request.

The only vegetarian appetizer is the fried spring roll, which is stuffed with cabbage, carrots and mushrooms, and served with house-made sides of hot mustard and sweet and sour sauce.

Vegetarian entrees include many tofu dishes like Buddhist's delight, a house tofu dish, popcorn tofu, ma la string beans, vegetarian spicy ribs, vegetable pad Thai and sauteed bok choy. Lunch portions, while cheap, are small. I would recommend eating two entrees and a spring roll, which would cost about than $12. Dinner portions are larger than lunch portions.

The spicy family style bean curd is tofu triangles prepared with a Szechaun brown sauce as well as onion, pea pods, button mushrooms, bamboo shoots and carrots. The Szechaun pepper adds spice to the dish. It is served with a side of steamed rice.

Service at Windchimes is brisk and capable. The restaurant seems to do a decent carry-out business. There is a full bar with a better-than-mediocre sake list.


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Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Love Windchimes veggie Pad Thai! I do wish they would add more veggies though but otherwise it's fab. They also have super crab rangoons. We've eaten there and have gotten take-out plenty of times and have always been pleased with the service.

deraj1013 said...

I figured that I would love it because Yu's was so good. I've heard people complain about lunch portion sizes, but honestly, this blog demonstrates that I like to eat, so ordering extra is never a problem for me.