Great Peking Duck and Service!.
My husband and I have been to Spice China a few times- we live in Denver but we are willing to drive up every once in a while. I had seen that there was a $30 Peking duck on the menu but I wasn't sure if it was worth it and no one has written anything about it yet. So I ordered the duck and was extremely pleased with how good it was that I didn't mind paying $30 for it. There is another duck entree on the menu that is deep fried- I'm sure it is good as well but I can't imagine it could compare with the Peking duck. The Peking duck could easily be shared by two people- maybe with an app to start out.
Other entrees we suggest are the garlic or basil chicken.
The great thing about Spice China is that you can spend as little or as much as you want and still have a great meal. I saw that someone else had written that it is the Cheesecake Factory of Chinese food and that's because there is a huge menu- there is something for everyone.
So overall it will be difficult not to order the $30 duck every time we go there but that only means that we get to try out other great dishes for less!
If you can?t drive to Denver?. Took my dad here the other night to avoid rush hour traffic getting to his favorite Chinese place in Denver, JJ?s (which is probably the best Chinese in town for people less interested in sesame chicken and more interested in chilled pickled chicken feet ? which are darn good with a cold Tsingtao). This was our first time here. If you?re interested in the good stuff, skip to the Shanghai menu towards the back of the 20-page book the hostess hands you. We ordered the steamed whole sea bass, which was fresh, tasty, and thankfully not overcooked. Calamari--dad's must have no matter where we are--was not great (but hey, this is supposed to be Chinese food, so I cut them some slack here). The steamed bok choy and mushrooms were fine. The white rice was not good. Rice is rice you say? If you?ve eaten perfectly cooked, high quality rice, then you begin to care about these things. The wait staff was more interested in chatting with each other near the kitchen than paying attention to the restaurant?s customers, and the people next to us were getting frustrated. In all, I think we got lucky?it could have easily been a miss. Our server gets points for trying, but you aren?t going to find high quality service in a place like this, so don?t expect it. If it?s not rush hour, it?s probably JJ?s next time. As other reviewers have pointed out, it?s called ?Spice China,? but there is almost no spicy food on the menu!
If your looking for spicy and good service avoid this place!!!!!. I am a huge fan of asian food, and heard this place rivals PH Changs, (My husband took me there for Mothers Day) And I was very dissapointed, the service was awful, the waitress "Ping" Was very rude and did not (Or could not unterstand) the menu, We asked several times for her to explain things such as soups such and she just told us to look in the menu, she messed our order up an did not offer to fix it ay the end of the meal she said she would not charge for our drink refills, when the menu clearly states "Bottomless drinks." Food was ok (Not better than PF Changs) And not the least bit spicy (we were never given the option for spicy.) When we brought this to the managers attention he just said "the waitress didnt understand English." We will never go back!
Buttery Chinese Food?. When I first walked into this place I thought it looked like a Chinese Cheesecake Factory. We went on a Friday night. I have yet to find decent Chinese food out here, so I was really hoping this place wouldn't be a disappointment. First off, we were seated right away--good. It was over 25 minutes--no exagerration, before someone came to even take a drink order. As I have only been here once, I have to be fair and say I don't know if this is a normal thing, or if it was due to the fact that their waitstaff is very young. I ordered a seafood hot pott (I have to spell it this way in order to get it posted.) which included shrimp, white fish, scallops, and various vegetables. I must say that the seafood was well-cooked, but the sauce was very odd. I am Asian, and we don't cook with butter. It was very odd. I was expecting something more Chinese like, maybe a fishier broth or something, but a butter-based sauce? Weird. Especially for Chinese food.
Go back next year. This restaurant used to be about the best of its kind. I hope it soon goes back to the old way of doing business.
Experience the true taste and texture of Chinese cuisine at this suburban dining palace..
Twenty pages of menu possibilities may be overwhelming, but servers will help with recommendations. You're bound to find something you like, whether you stick with egg rolls and sesame chicken, or try something new. Try an appetizer of salty bits of tofu mixed with cilantro, or a giant bowl of duck soup spiked with Chinese radish. Finish with an exotic dessert, like wonton-like balls that ooze with a peanut-buttery sesame filling.
BEST SESAME TOFU EVER!. I have never, ever found a sesame tofu that can even come close to Spice China's. The flavor is wonderful, and the texture of the tofu is perfect. I often order this dish from other restaurants, and while the flavor may be fine, the tofu is very soggy or not firm enough. Spice China now discloses on their menu which items contain chicken stock, and vegetarians can simply request this be omitted from the dish--it doesn't have any negative effect on the taste of the food. As for their other dishes, I don't know too much about them! I have tried a few other things, which were all good, but I simply must order the sesame tofu every time I go because I crave it and can't get a good one elsewhere! Try the sesame tofu! I have not had anyone disappointed in this dish yet!
Chinese food that isn't afraid of flavor. I hang out in San Francisco's Chinatown quite a bit, and Spice China is the only place that I can get Chinese food equivalent to what I get in San Fran without having to buy a plane ticket. For spiceheads (like me), they're really good about adding extra heat upon request. The menu is huge and has items that you're not always going to see on your "typical" local Chinese takeout menu. Don't be afraid to try something you've never had before! It's pretty hard to go wrong at Spice China.
Excellent Shanghai Cuisine. Spice China has become our favorite Chinese restaurant in the Denver area, not only for its consistently excellent American Chinese dishes, but for its unique offering of Shanghai cuisine. Spice China is a good, "safe" place to try something out of the American mainstream: the Korean mussels, or the crispy Hong Kong style noodles. Their soups are artfully spiced, they use just the right amount of oil, the ingredients (esp. the meats) are noticeably high quality, and the service/ambience all adds to the value. Unlike many independent Chinese restaurants, Spice China also offers an upscale, possibly romantic atmosphere. . .yet it is far better in value and quality than corporate PF Chang's.
Fantastic Chinese Cuisine. As someone who has spent a year in China, I find this to be some of the most authentic Chinese food in Colorado. Yum!
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