Sooooo much fun
I had my wedding rehearsal dinner/party at the Maritime Center on Halloween of 2008 and it was a blast! I will never forget the hours we spent "sittin on the dock of the bay" living the moontime...
Sounds like an awesome event! Can't wait. Is the Charleston Harbor Cruise open to any group?
I took my dear sweet roomie and her boyfriend to Quyan tonight. The place is kind of hard to pick out. Just look for the big sign that says "Party Kingdom" to the left of the Piggly Wiggly and go on in. It's Friday night and buffets are a lunch time affair, so we perused the menu and also little slips of paper that were the "2-4-6" deal. For twelve dollars we each got an appetizer, soup and a main course. It was absolutely delicious from beginning to end. Our waiter was very attentive, but then the place was pretty much empty, which I thought was kind of weird for a Friday at 6 pm for a place that does serve beer and wine. Anyway, our service was awesome, our food was fantastic, and then we went into the back of the place, which could benefit from an occasional Febreze spritz. It's really a little surreal. The front is classy and quiet and the back is a little haven of screaming kids. We enjoyed some skee ball at the end. It's actually a pretty great way to end a meal. Anyway, thumbs way up! Go! That place should NOT be empty after work on Friday!
If you're looking for a break from the typical Americanized Asian restaurants in the Charleston area, Quyen is the perfect antidote. The pho is unbelievable. Spring rolls are excellent. Service was not a problem when I was there. Don't let the "Party Kingdom" sign outside fool you, this place is the real deal.
The lunch buffet: visually beautiful, delicious, and incredibly varied. Lots of sushi, hot Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, salads, soup, fresh fruit, and pastries. All for 9.99! Service was very attentive, and I can't wait to go back. I've eaten a lot of Vietnamese food over the years, and this ranks up there with the best. It's too bad they can't put up a decent sign, since you almost have to know about it to find it.
Fantastic pho. The city I'm originally from has a lot of Vietnamese restaurants and Quyen is easily one of the best bowls of pho I've ever had, although it's a little pricy. Get the bowl with tripe and tendon. It's all about the broth, tendon makes the broth thicker and fuller. Besides, if you've had a hot dog you've had it all before anyways. I don't care if there's a paper mill in the back, I'll go at least once a week for the soup.
Bulldog Tours is awesome - they do a lot of fundraising for local preservation of historic buildings. Check em out.
My family of 4, including 2 very suspicious teenagers, just ate at Quyen tonight. I had been there before and am very impressed with the newly redecorated dining area. The ambiance is significantly improved. The food was delicious and the waitstaff helpful, cheerful and attentive. Our particular waitress (Sydney) was a delight. The rest of my family were newcomers to the restaurant and were confused and amused by the presence of a kids' arcade in the back. But everyone agreed they'd like to come again and try other menu items.
The food is excellent. The service has always been very attentive and friendly. My wife and I have eaten here so many times in the past two weeks that the owner probably thinks we are stalking them. That is how good it is. The beef salad is better than any other to be found in Charleston (including Basil). The pho is delicious, and the sushi is quite good too, although we have been focusing on the Vietnamese section of the menu. Now here is the best part: you don't need to find a babysitter- just bring the kids and send them off to the Party Kingdom in the back. Everyone leaves here happy!!!
Last night, My husband and I went to Quyen and truly enjoyed ourselves. We shared the Beef Pho and Pad Thai and were amazed at how authentic it was. And with my mother being full Vietnamese, I feel that i know what true Vietnamese food taste like. Since our last visit a few weeks ago, I can honestly say that the service has greatly improved. Our young waitress was very friendly and attentive and I know that my family will be paying Quyen a visit very soon.
Thanks for providing food that reminds me of home :)
It appears the fine people at Quyen, have read the criticism on this board and taken corrective action. My girlfriend and I dined at this newly re-opened restaurant and had a delightful experience with a very attentive staff, who immediately sat us at a table and constantly checked on us. The atmosphere is very nice considering that it used to be a children's arcade. The play and gaming facilities are still there but are tucked away in the rear of the building. They have a nice beer and Sake selection and i cannot wait for the sushi buffet to open. From the look of the buffet tables, its going to be huge! I highly recommend the Vietnamese crepe, it is absolutely excellent and the accompanying house made fish sauce is absolutely divine. This is an exciting culinary addition to James Island. Now, if someone would only open a Five Loaves or an Ali Baba over here...we would be set!
After reading the paeans on this site and driving by the Party Kingdom on a daily basis, my wife and I FINALLY made it a point to go in and actually try it out.
Well, all I can say is that I heartily regret my delay and ignorance. Random, bizarre, unexpected, whatever you want to term the experience, the food here is a revelation, and rivals any Asian cuisine in Charleston (Basil, Red Orchid, etc.), doing so at a considerable discount. We split the appetizer sampler for two, which included "fresh" spring rolls, crispy fried spring rolls, coconut shrimp, seafood wontons, and beef kabobs. The spring rolls, both varieties, are as good as any I've ever had. The "fresh" were just so, with whole steamed shrimp visible under the soft wrapper. The crispy rolls were fried expertly, with no residual oil absorption and actually-discernible shrimp, crab, and chicken filling in lieu of the typical cabbage and little else variety. The coconut shrimp were obviously also freshly-prepared and very good. The beef kabobs were three folded sections of tasty and tender lemongrass beef separated by peppers...very, very good. Finally, the wontons were also delicious, featuring a golf ball-sized portion of shrimp and crab filling, and resting upon a wonderfully piquant, cool ginger sauce. Again, as good as any I've ever had.
This shared appetizer sampler was enough to fill up my temperate wife, but I pressed on in the name of gluttony masquerading as altruism. I have not had much experience with true Vietnamese cuisine, so I felt I had to try the pho. Craving a few more of those spring rolls, I chose the "Kingdom Trio", which featured a "small" bowl of chicken or beef pho along with one of each type of spring roll, all for a whopping $9. I chose the beef pho, which was freash, hot, and delectable. I will defer to others as how authentic it is (it seems to be), but I really enjoyed it, and I ended up taking half of the "small" portion home. I'm not sure I've encountered a better quality/value marriage in Charleston than this impressive trio.
Well, enough from me... Read the other comments, read Jeff and Stephanie's reviews, and then GO to this place. You won't regret it. I know we will be back.
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