Sorry, little sidetracked there. Back at the China King -a short line of overweight suburban inner-ringers waited impatiently to order while a young Asian dude tentatively tapped at the register. He clearly didn’t get the proper register training. I’d say it was taking about 10 minutes per order. In a restaurant that uses numbers to order food this is insane. I heard the person in front, “I’ll take #32 and a #50”. Dude stares at the register, looks back to the kitchen, looks at the SIGN above the counter and eventually starts pecking away one finger at a time. Fucking Christ.
China King, being fairly new in the area (opened in April 2010 I believe. No, I don’t research) can be somewhat forgiven for the slowness. But then I got the food. I ordered General Tso’s chicken because I trust a general’s taste buds more than regular folks. The chicken was cut up into crazy small pieces and then cooked in Satan’s asshole making it cinder-burnt and rubbery. The rice was under-cooked. Really? After they took a blow torch to the General’s quality? I made it through about 4 mouth fulls before calling it quits even though I was starving. 30 minutes to order, 10 minutes to get my food and it doesn’t even measure up to Dairy Queen. I looked around to see if anyone else was having the same experience. Most faces were a bit gloomy but the food was going down. I even saw some smiles. I concluded that these people must hate themselves. All of sudden I felt in good company.
At least I had the ambiance. Check out the huge golden fan. Chinesey eh? Admire the wood paneling. Take it away and you could be in your grandpa’s basement. If your grandpa’s basement was a food court. If your not following me then I’ve expressed it clearly. The place is weird to hang out in. Not at all fit for a King. I’m pretty sure the name is bullshit.
The best part about this “eatery” is the empty store fronts littering manchester that would’ve housed it. But no, we needed a new strip mall. So we build another one and some houses get taken out. Then we thrust this turd boiler inside. Kudos Des Peres. I imagine city officials begging for China King to move in for the tax revenue. Maybe in 5 years you can use the empty storefronts as an excuse to build a new strip mall across the street and put in a China Duke or something.
Paul Alamo rating: 2 corn on the cobs out of 10
11660 Manchester Rd
Des Peres, MO 63131