We went back to XBB in February and it was a much better experience. The items listed as mains were more substantial and the pricing was adjusted across the board. The Szechuan peppercorn drink was intriguing and delicious, and the okonomiyaki outstanding. I'm glad they have made some changes, and we will definitely go back regularly.
The only real problem we had was difficulty reading the menus due to the small font, dim lighting, and the lack of contrast between the charcoal print on light gray paper. A minor quibble is that nothing indicates whether or not a dish is spicy. I can handle heat, but I still like to know what I'm getting into.
Great atmosphere. We sat at the bar on both trips to Octobachi and the service was awesome. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sushi is really good, but basic. They only have a few rolls to choose from. The hibachi is really good, flavored well, and you get quite a lot of food. The fresh spring rolls are also really great. I love that they are very into the local scene. They seem to grow a lot of their own produce as well. The only big downfall is the Pho. It is not good. At all. It tasted as if they took a beef boullion cube and put it in a bowl of water with a few noodles and a bit of beef. I would really like to see them either hone this recipe or remove the item from the menu because it is really the only blemish on an otherwise stellar menu.
I had a sushi roll that was the special that night and it was fabulous. A couple of other sushi rolls off the menu were great, too. Fresh with a nice mix of textures. The sushi isn't cheap, but it isn't unreasonably priced for the quality compared to other places in town. I would not recommend the pho. It is too expensive, and the broth is completely flavorless. Even the accompanying condiments couldn't flavor it enough. The waiter was great-very friendly, laid back, and helpful. The tables are awful. If you so much as set a glass down they jiggle uncontrollably. Crossing your legs under the table or putting your hand on it as you stand up or sit down causes your drink to slosh out of your glass. I'd definitely go back for sushi, but I'd sit at the bar.
been there twice for dinner and once for drinks, friendly staff and cool atmosphere. The tables have got to go, they are horrible and the fried rice has been cold everytime i've eaten there but other than that I really enjoyed the place. It's great to have it up on spring street and I will certainly be back for more. As far as the pricing goes, it's not as cheap as advertised but i still got out of there under $25 for a dinner for two so i'm not complaining.
Been there twice in the last two weeks, first with a big group for a business occasion, went back this week with a friend because the first visit was so good. Seems they've changed their menu, it's smaller, but I think they're focusing more on quality than on quantity of items. Both times, the service was really good - the wait staff was attentive & knowledgeable, but not in your face. Sometimes with a big group it's not as great as when you're with a smaller party, but they were good & really welcoming. They were even willing to change a few things, & all the food came out quickly. With the big group, had a bunch of appetizers, all of them were really good, especially the edamame & spinach dip. They have some great sushi, some of the best we've had, some were kind of spicy, excellent. With my friend, we shared some of the small plates, the tuna was a bit overdone, but the hanger steak was delicious, also more sushi.
We also had a few of their specialty drinks, the Thai Basil Lemonade is great - pretty creative. AND, the outdoor patio is awesome - this place will be on our list of favorite restaurants.
A bizarre but fun experience. the pho and spring rolls are delicious. the rest of the food is mediocre but better than the rest of what I've experience in Charleston as far as Vietnamese food.
There will never again be any reason to go to Chuck E. Cheese's. Quyen/Party City has the same for-pay games but also:
1. A very big indoor play structure/tree-house/slide
2. A big, padded play floor for toddlers and crawlers
3. GOOD FOOD
The pho was indeed delicious, as was the vermicelli salad and the Rock'n'rolls. Service was leisurely but for once we weren't under the gun to get the kids fed... too busy having a lot of fun. Warning: it is a bit ghetto fab, but the kids certainly loved it and the food made up for it too.
Place was great. Best sushi I have had in Chucktown. Highly recommended.
We eat lunch at Quyen approximately once a week during work lunch hour, love the food and always have excellent fast, friendly service. The pho is great. I get my pho american style (ie chicken breast meat), but I have heard people order it Vietnamese style as well (with tendons and tripe) and have overheard good commments. BTW, the small pho is actually a full size bowl of soup, the large is huge. My particular favorite is the Vietnamese Crepe, its always delicious!!!
Let me tell you how much I love this place. The food is AMAZING and not expensive. Yeah the place is definitely for kids but every time that I have been there, even with parties going on, the staff has been nothing but attentive and polite. They definitely have a customer for life.
I've been there twice: one lunch and one dinner. The service has been uniformly attentive without smothering, the atmosphere and decor are great, the location is very central.
For lunch I had the bento box special and loved it. A little bit of everything in a most charming box. Sushi was succulent and firm, their dressings, sauces and marinades all were surprisingly fresh and fragrant.
For dinner, I had the Charleston Roll and the General Chang's chicken, as well as sharing an order of potstickers. I was very pleased with all aspects. The Chicken was very citrusy but not spicy (I should have asked for heat) and I could not leave any on the plate to go. My companions had the tofu curry, the pork tenderloin and all items were consumed with gusto leaving little but empty plates.
Pricey? Yes, but definitely a quality experience in a unique restaurant.
Bizarre is the best word to describe this place. The Pho was good and service was excellent; very friendly staff and attentive staff. A great place for family place.
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