Monday, March 26, 2012

PF Chang's China Bistro

436 North Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(In the Winter Park Village)

(407) 622-0188 

Monday-Thursday:11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday:11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday:11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday:11:00 AM to 10:00 PM



P.F. Chang's is a Scottsdale, Arizona based  chain restaurant that serves Americanized Chinese food with the design flair of 12th century China. The name comes from its founders Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang. The restaurants  menu was originally created by chef Philip Chiang. 

The concept of the menu items are not far from the typical Chinese fare  you may grab at your local takeout. The main difference is the quality of food you receive. Its all freshly prepared and I can assure you...you will never be eating mystery meat here. They are even open as late as most local Chinese takeouts.


They have classic items like egg rolls, crab won tons, sesame chicken, moo goo gai pan, Mongolian beef and the like.

The exception here is that you can not get the sesame chicken combo for $7.99 that includes fried rice and egg roll as you would at your local takeout. All main dishes are served only with white rice or steamed brown rice. And everything else is a la carte. If you want fried rice, you will pay extra for that.




But not to worry....as P.F. Chang's is an actual sit down and eat restaurant the prices are pretty modest. Two people can come away feeling very satisfied for under $40.00--which is about the average of a casual dining experience anywhere else. The big advantage here is once again...FRESH FOOD---and you know you are eating white meat chicken.


To get our palates ready we had the White Tangerine Tea. It was a light and fragrant hot tea with a hint of tangerine. They have a few different teas on the menu and quite a few specialty cocktails like the Chinese 88 Martini as well as a large selection of Sake and import and domestic beers.




For our starters we had to keep it traditional and go with the egg rolls which are hand-rolled with marinated pork and vegetables, and served with a sweet & sour mustard sauce that added a nice tang of flavor to an American Chinese classic.




We also had to try the chicken lettuce wraps. Many people have been to P.F.'s and just rave about the chicken lettuce wraps...and we see why It is their signature appetizer.
We received a plate of wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups.

Believe me when I tell you---Its good!--So good in fact..we could go back and order a few rounds of lettuce wraps for the main course. They come with Chicken, or you can get a vegetarian version made with tofu. What makes these wraps so great is how the flavors and texture come together very well,  and you can eat a lot of it and not feel guilty. Its was very refreshing and light due to the lettuce wrap,  and had very little carbs.



What happened next was quite a nice surprise. After we ordered our food and waited for it's arrival another server stopped buy our table and offered us a free entree, that somebody supposedly ordered by mistake.


 I was not sure if this was a gesture of good will for a good review...since I could not hide the flash of the camera and people in the kitchen were looking at us (it's a tad dark inside)...or if it just happened to be our lucky night!




Whatever happened...it worked out perfectly to give us another dish to try out...and It was good!---(we'll get to it later)



My main dish was the  Orange Peel Chicken. It is on the menu with a little icon that denotes the dish is spicy...although I did not think it was spicy. The chicken is tossed with a mild chili sauce and fresh orange peel.


The sauce is not as sweet and sugary as it would be at a place like Panda Express which makes it a little lighter going down.









The next dish up was the Mongolian Beef which consists of chunks of flank steak served up with plenty of green scallions and garlic.


This dish went really well with the white rice, and the beef was very tender.







The third and final dish we sampled was the
Shrimp with Candied Walnuts. This is made up of fried shrimp tossed in a cream sauce with candied walnuts and honeydew melon.


All we can say is..WOW...this was a flavor explosion that just went perfectly together.
The fried crispiness of the shrimp with the candy like walnuts and the sweet and juicy chunks of honeydew was amazing. (And free too......free food always seems to taste good)..




 One thing P.F. Chang's has that your local takeout may not have is....Dessert


They have items like Cheese Cake, Banana Spring Rolls, and The Great wall of Chocolate Cake.




If you do not have room for a full size dessert, they do have mini desserts. Dessert mini's come in Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Mousse, and The Great Wall of Chocolate among others

After our sampling of foods the mini desserts hit the spot for us. We got the Tiramisu mini and the Great Wall mini...which is a smaller version of their signature dessert with layers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, raspberry sauce and chocolate chips.


In conclusion ...P.F.Chang's is good for what it is...high quality Americanized Chinese food in a relaxed casual dining atmosphere. We had a fun time and will return soon to sample some more items.

* It's worth noting that P. F. Chang's offers a dedicated menu to diners that must follow a strict gluten-free diet. The company has been recognized for this by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.*

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