The best Vietnamese (only?) food on the island. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no sense of urgency from any of the staff. I want to love this place, but it is painfully slow. Vietnamese restaurants in D.C. are so efficient the meals arrive almost too quickly. Maybe as they get busier they will get faster. Two of the dishes we ordered were unavailable the last time and when I inquired as to where the dish was they said the reason we didn't get it is because they didn't have it. I actually watched the server ask the chef about the dish and he dismissively waived his hand at her and said, "Go away." Amazing.
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 :)
Tonight was the first time we tried Quyen since it changed names from Party Kingdom. The inside was beautifully decorated and the waitresses were attentive and knowledgeable.
We ordered dinner- Pad Thai, Chicken Pho, and the house Crepe. Everything was great and tasty- the pho was enjoyable and my husband inhaled his crepe. Now, a question- does Pad Thai have red and green peppers and onions? Not traditional pad thai (i even googled recipes to see how it should be made). It was good- but strange.
There was an extensive sushi menu, which we didn't order from- not because we didn't want to, but the speciality sushi seemed very pricey. 11-14 dollars- too much for even GREAT sushi. This is Charleston, not NYC.
Overall, good experience, good food. We are impressed with the decorum change and will be going there when we want pho but won't be getting sushi....or the pad thai.
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!
You are right, the service is a weakness of theirs, they don't know how to keep drinks refilled, how to clear a table as you eat and how to stop by the table and ask if everything is OK. The food is SO good, I'll still go there and probably learn to get my own drinks. Last time I was there I got my own menus. Customer service is something many restaurants never seem to get.
2 star service, 5 star food
How I hate to be the one negative person, but will try to explain. I love Stephanie's recommendations and after lots of Twitter posts, we went tonight. It was a disaster. I can only guess that our experience was unusual. We had to ask for service several times since the waitress kept neglecting to come back (15 minutes or so to order in the first place). A couple near us was looking for their server at one point, after a while without, to explain they needed their check quickly to catch a movie.
The wait staff brought us AND the tables around us the incorrect orders - 5 times it happened while we were there.
The food was a very enjoyable experience and there were so many things we wanted to try, but after the mistakes and the non-attentiveness, I don't know if we have the energy!
No need to go to any other Asian eatery in Charleston. They have a new dining room that is very nice. Best Wanton soup I ever had. Curry chicken was amazing.
A great outing with friends and visitors, fun, friendly visit. More than a little out of the way, but worth the trip.
My family and i go and eat there about twice a month.
It is fabulous each time we go.
We were told that they are planning to do a sushi buffet during lunch hours- and to look for it within the next month or so.
Sushi buffet! SWEET!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for 2009 Best movie theater in Charleston!
All of us at the TERRACE!
After reading the review in City paper, I decided to try the Vietnamese food at Party Kingdom.
My husband and i enjoyed the Pho, Pad Thai, and spring rolls while we drooled over the isles of candy and wall of Jelly Bellys.
It was an unusual dining experience....video game lights in the background and children redeeming their tickets for prizes, all the while we were enjoying our food.
However, the food was amazing....i have been craving it since we went.
It was reasonably priced and really really really good.
Everyone should go and try it!
A quiet outing for the kids. Inside the facility is a small gift shop (mainly books) and a museum showcasing the habitats and animals in the Awendaw area. Stroll across the outside boardwalk to the wolf enclosure or the woodland loop trail. Be prepared to see wildlife along the way like turtles, lizards, birds, and the occasional snake. The wolf enclosure has a shaded viewing deck. On hot summer days, the wolves are ususally in the shade of their doghouses and the trees and harder to see. However, one of the older residents often comes up to the glass to view the visitors! Neat to see an endangered species up close and therefore worth the trip.
This will be a fantastic place to spend the 4th of July this year. The Coppertones know how to get people dancing.
I love this theater! It often offers the unusual movies that most theaters don't offer. I saw "Smart People there and last Saturday I saw "Flawless"! Sometimes/most times the movies shown here don't have the special effects and that is what makes them SPECIAL! As much as I enjoy DVDs there is nothing like a good movie in a theater!!! I also enjoy the special price at the first showing and at the concession stand the best cookies! When I lived in the Newton area of Massachusetts there was a theater like this one there and I am happy to say I was hoping to find one like it in South Carolina and as I live in West Ashley area it isn't too far away!
I live in Northern Virginia and they think that have great light shows here - No way - Nothing beats James Island's light show - We have been there about 4 times and will absolutely take it in when we go there for Christmas again. It's a tradition
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