Saturday, January 15, 2011

Green Tea - Restaurant Review

Green Tea - Fine Asian cuisine & bar
1005 Main Street
Sanford, ME 04073

Haha, you say, fine Asian cuisine in Maine. As if. Well, your laughter is not incorrect. Green Tea was not a bad restaurant, it just wasn't very good, either. I don't think the word 'fine' is quite warranted. 'Asian', however, is spot on. Most of the items on the menu are Chinese (or rather, the American idea of Chinese), but it also includes miso soup (Japanese), pad thai (Thai) and pho (Vietnamese). The only thing lacking was a representative from Korea, but I guess 4 out of 5 ain't bad.

Dave and I were both feeling hungry, cold and sick, so we got very basic food - hot tea and a combo platter which consisted of pork fried rice, crab rangoons, boneless spare ribs and ironically, vegetarian lo mein. It was not the worst Chinese food I have eaten, but it was also by no means the best. The price was pretty unbeatable though - dinner for two (plus a few meals worth of leftovers) added up to $19. The tea, as with any Asian restaurant worth it's salt, was free.

There really isn't much else to write about, really. I feel I would have enjoyed the meal quite a bit more if the patrons at the neighboring table had not been quite so loud, drunk and obnoxious, but that is merely speculation. I did, however, enjoy all the stares we got for using chopsticks. We were the only people in the restaurant to do so. Incidentally, despite the place being packed, there was precicely one person of Asian decent - the maitre d'. I won't say definitely, but I am 65% sure he was actually raised in America, and was faking the accent. It was of indeterminate origin, came and went throughout the evening, and sounded like Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Seriously.

What the restaurant did give us, though, was this amazing fortune. Made everything else worth it.

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