Austin >Dragon Gate By Phoenix
Wow, this is the best Chinese food in Austin.
They start with the freshest ingredients and it shows. This is one of my favorite Chinese food places in Austin, it's right up there with T&S.
They also have sushi and it's good, but Austin is full of them. Theirs is good, but I much prefer the Chinese.
The wait staff is always friendly and the place is perfectly clean.
It's a little more expensive than the cheap ones in town, but it's cheaper than high-end and the food is much better.
By far the BEST!
Fantastic Chinese Cuisine plus WiFi service. This is an outstanding restaurant that specializes in healthy Chinese cuisine. My wife and I tumble across this restaurant after attending a wedding in the Austin area. We have dined at many Chinese restaurants in the Austin area and Dallas areas. We have been disappointed with most of these restaurants, however Dragon Gate by Phoenix was a welcome surprise. it was difficult for us to located in shopping center off Capital of Texas Hwy, but since our first dinning experience this is the only Chinese restaurant we have dined. We found the restaurant quiet, clean, friendly service, and most important NO MSG. we are healthy diners and often seek Chinese cuisine without MSG. In addition to the wonderful dinning experience, the restaurant offers WiFi services to its customers. During, my last visit I was able to enjoy a delicious healthy meal and continue working with limited interruption. I give this restaurant a definite THUMPS UP as does my wife.
Great food without any hype.
We ate here around 7 (Friday night) and it began to fill up as we were leaving. The server was really right-on. He frequented the table plenty enough times to keep us refilled on drinks, remove used dishes, and bring us whatever we needed.
I ordered the dumplings. Here, if you want the dumplings fried rather than steamed, then order the "potstickers"--apparently that is their code for fried dumplings. I've made these fresh many times and can tell that these were definitely made onsite, and were fresh. The endamame was a nice touch to the menu and we got a fairly large sized portion for $4! My husband is a sushi eater and thought the sushi was "good." My son loved his shrimp in lobster sauce---there were LOTS of shrimp and it was a huge portion so he got to take most of it home. My daughter's combination fried rice was enough to feed an army---but strangely enough, it was the quality and not the quantity that was impressive. The egg and meats in the rice (beef, shrimp, chicken) were noticeably fresh.
The ambiance was not typcial for a Chinese or Japanese place. There was the obligatory red paper lantern, but the place was definitely minimalist and tastefully done. I remember commenting on the table and chairs..that they were comfortable, modern, stylish, and clean. In fact, the whole place gives the diner the confidence that the food is handled properly just by the cleanliness of the dining areas.
We will defnitely be back!
Worst. Place . Ever. I ordered their lunch bento box which, per menu , comes with california roll and miso soup. Food tasted very mediocre and they DID NOT GIVE ME MY DARN CALIFORNIA ROLL. I paid $15 for this.. Never again. Stay away from that place.
HOW IS THIS RESTAURANT STILL OPEN?. HOW IS THIS RESTAURANT STILL OPEN? Ordered shrimp and chicken hibachi take out with salad and soup. EVERYTHING WAS TERRIBLE! Shrimp was way too salty and the chicken was painfully dry and tasteless. Salad dressing tastes like crunchy mustard. After tasting everything, me and my girlfriend decided to throw it out and grab McDonald's (not kidding). This is the first review I've ever written. It was such a terrible experience, I felt everyone should know about it."
Not impressed. My husband and I went tonight. We absolutely love sushi and were just not impresed with Dragon Gate. We tried the calamari, which was the oddest thing I have ever seen! I am used to round calamari served with a sauce, where tonight it was little sticks served with chopped onions and jalapenos. What?! We also tried the 360 roll and the Spicy Crab roll. I just wasn't impressed. It tasted to me like the seafood was frozen. When our bill came and it was $71 I was just shocked. We could have gone to Truluck's for about $20 more. :-( If you try this place I would stick with the Chineses menu...the couple next to us ordered Chinese food and seemed to enjoy it.
Ok food, bad reviewer 2 people below.
The sushi was not bad. We tried 5 or 6 different rolls and found the Spicy Crab to be the best. The Philly roll was fine as was the shrimp tempura roll and the others we tried, The Volcano roll was quite good as well. We did dislike the soy sauce as it was very strong, which is to bad as I love to have a ton of wasabi in it but just too strong to use.
Service was fine although on a Monday night with very few customers in the place they could have been more attentive.
Overall the price was $72 for the sushi which is just too much for the average sushi. I can spend the same amount at Musashino and get WAY better sushi. Plus I'm always suspect of a Sushi place that also offers a full Chinese menu too - specialize in one thing and be really good at that rather than offering a ton of options and just being ok at it.
In reference to the racism 2 reviews below below...yes this is America the melting-pot of the world. If you really want to complain may be it should be that they don't speak Tonkawan or Comanche...really are you going to show that much ignorance? I thought that school of thought went out for people who knew how to use computers, you give Texan's a bad name..
Sorry, I just can't stand racism even in this backhanded manor.
great sushi!. I've been here several times with my boyfriend and we both love the sushi. The rolls are some of the best I've had, not too much rice and a lot of meat. My favorite is the Spicy Crab roll :) The sashimi I think is a little on the expensive side, but once you see the portions you understand why. I haven't had any of the entrees but I definitely recommend Dragon Gate for the sushi. It's always quiet inside and the atmosphere is nice, good place for a date because you can actually hear what everyone at the table is saying.
FOOD NOT BAD....SERVICE HORRIBLE. My food didn't taste that bad, however the service was not good at all. When you pay $ 16 for a meal, the person serving you should understand what you and your family are ordering. This is after all America, where the language is English, if someone wants to open a "service oriented" biz, they should at least understand English. Our waitress didn't even know what was on their own menu. With all the choices in Austin to eat....I wouldn't waste your time or your money going to this place
Low Quality Food; Classless Ownership. My girlfriend, her cousins, and I met a friend, who had given the restaurant a lukewarm review, at Dragon's Gate for dinner. Our waitress was very friendly and eager to please, but no one was satisfied with the food, which ranged from dull to inedible. Of particular note was the sesame chicken, which, after having been assured it was chicken breast by our waitress, arrived as dark, gristly chunks of chicken detritus. My girlfriend and I gamely cut through each piece, in search of anything edible--no luck. We sent the plate back with our waitress, declining to order anything else. When the bill arrived, though, the sesame chicken was still on it. I assumed the owner would take care of it at the register, but she flatly refused, claiming--despite our waitress' attempts to vouch for us, that we were lying about not having eaten the meal. After discussing our eating habits with her husband, she discounted the meal (not the bill) by 30%--an insulting gesture, at best. Ashamed by the behavior of her classless and miserly employers, our waitress even chased us into the parking lot to try to return her tip. Needless to say, we are never going back, and would encourage you not to do business with these people.
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