Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant

I like going to Chinese restaurants. A common thread seems to be that they are happy to greet customers and you get treated really well without feeling like anyone is performing for a tip. Drinks are topped off frequently and discreetly while you relax and eat and converse. Chinese restaurants don't seem to attract loud cell phone talkers or families with screaming children. Four Seasons is no different in this respect. It's a homey and friendly Chinese restaurant. And, also in keeping with many Chinese restaurants, the decor is pure Asian grandmother. But I mean that in a nice way.

The food here was really delicious. I started with a corn-starchy thickened egg drop soup and my husband had the hot and sour. Both were standard, but tasted good. We got egg rolls, but they are not my thing, so he ate them. We had the Groupon, which gave us two egg rolls and two entrees, which was a good deal for $13. I had my favorite Americanized Chinese dish, sesame chicken. If you ever want to know the nuances of every sesame chicken in the Austin area, I'm your girl for that. Hubby had a dish called Four Seasons Delight, which is a variation of a dish he likes that is usually Triple Delight and isn't always on the menu. The Four Seasons delight has beef, chicken, shrimp, crabmeat and scallops with vegetables. He really liked it.

My sesame chicken hit the spot. They use quality chicken, no gristle like some places. There was probably more white meat than dark meat, but I did have some pieces of dark. I actually prefer dark meat, but only when it's trimmed right so that it's not gristly. They used good chicken, and the coating was very crisp and freshly fried. The sauce was nice and dark like I like it, and sweet. I would have given extra points if it had had a little dried red pepper in it or more toasted sesame flavor. Those two flavors are usually what takes a standard sesame chicken up a notch. But, to be fair, this is one of the top three sesame chickens I've had in Austin. And I've had a lot of them.

Egg Rolls

Hot and Sour Soup

Sesame Chicken

Four Seasons Delight 

It's homier inside. 

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