1251 Pin Oak Rd, Katy, Texas 77494
MY REVIEW: Sporting one of the weirdest names ever chosen for a Chinese restaurant, Beijing Ranch is a tiny, but very high quality restaurant nestled among the nail salons, exercise studios, and other nondescript tenants in a shopping center anchored on end by S*am's Deli and on the other by C*ici's Pizza. It is just about impossible to find accidentally, but it's worth your time to find on purpose. The interior hints at a formal Chinese tea room, with its carved, lacquered tables and chairs. The impression is born our by a table in one corner designed for a formal tea service. Tea clearly means something here. Even the iced tea -- obligatory for a Texas crowd -- is freshly brewed Oolong -- spicy, earthy, and strong.
The two entrees we tried were also outstanding. Kung Pau chicken, which is available everywhere, and usually boring, was fragrant and delicious. Orange beef, also widely available, and usually 90% crust and 10% beef, consisted of generous slices of tender beef in a tangy orange sauce, complimented by candied orange rind, a touch we had not seen elsewhere.
Service was very attentive and friendly, but food did not arrive particularly fast. That's not a complaint, just a heads-up. If you're in a rush, this may not be the best choice. If you have a little time for a nice meal, however, Beijing Ranch offers a appreciable step up from the usual.
NAME: Texas Dust
SUBMITTED: 8/25/2013 LAST VISIT WAS: 8/13
FREQUENCY: Visited once
1251 Pin Oak Rd, Katy, Texas 77494
MY REVIEW: This place is absolutely AMAZING!
The ambiance is great. The outside decoration is rather modest. Walking inside, I was pleasantly impressed by what I saw even though I had already been appreciating the photos posted on Facebook. It is traditional Chinese style, with plentiful cultural elements, managed just right so you can enjoy the sophistication of culture while still feeling the peaceful Zen like tea house style dinning place. I have been to many Chinese/Asian restaurants in the US and this is one of the very few that made me feel related and truly proud of my identity.
The food is phenomenal. I have both dined in and ordered takeouts for a couple of times. You can find a good varieties from very authentic northern Chinese food, to Sichuan flavor, and to innovative fusion dishes. The Kung Pao Chicken and Triple Delight are the best I have ever had anywhere in the US, including my over 10 years residency in New York and Los Angeles. The homemade Sour Plum Juice is a sip of heaven in hot Texas summer.
This place has various collections of tea. I am not a tea person, so all I can say is the Chinese traditional tea table looks gorgeous. :) The owner also allows you to bring your own tea to boil at this table. It is like bring your own wine.
The last but not least, smile at the guy in charge please because he is super super friendly, attentive, and seasoned. Feel free to ask him anything about things on the menu and not on the menu. As a passionate owner of a brand new restaurant, he is excited to talk to customers and listen to feedback. His name is William and he is a lot of fun to talk to.
I will definitely go back and try more dishes.
SUBMITTED: 8/2/2013 LAST VISIT WAS: 7/2013
FREQUENCY: Visited 2-3 times
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