The last time we were this excited about an egg roll, it was in the hand of a 24-year-old we picked up at Panda’s afterhours. Though technically it wasn’t an egg roll. But it was covered in duck sauce.
So when we heard about a second location of Howard Wang’s, a popular North Dallas restaurant, we really had no expectations. Chinese restaurants in Dallas can be mediocre at best, and even then only enjoyable at 2:00 in the morning while thoroughly intoxicated. (Yes, Panda’s, we’re talkin’ to you.)
When we walked in, we knew something was different. The place is chic, sophisticated and, most importantly, clean. It’s also casual enough to not feel obligated to break out your mother’s pearls to knock back some dumplings.
The menu focuses on fresh ingredients and the quality is immediately apparent. Until this visit, we were convinced that we hated seaweed, but Wang’s converted us. Their seaweed salad is truly amazing.
Other highlights include what we will daringly declare the BEST hot & sour soup we’ve ever had, peppercorn spiced soft shell crab (pictured), Bul-Go-Gi (marinated flank steak) lettuce wraps and wok-fried crispy vanilla prawns. Each dish that came out surpassed the one before it. And we sampled a lot of dishes.
For cocktails, they offer a pitch-perfect mai-tai and a wonderfully fresh ginger mojito. Asian beers on draft were also ice-cold and the perfect foil to the spicier dishes.
Happy Hour is affectionately called “Hang with Wang,” 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enjoy $3 Asian drafts, $4 house wines, $5 sake and specialty cocktails. Mention the secret phrase, “Hang with Wang” and get free dim sum. But dim YUM is more like it.
They also have a Chinese brunch, which we’ll likely be featuring soon as Brunch of the Month if it’s anywhere as fantastic as dinner, so stay tuned.
So gather all your friends and prepare to fill your mouths with Wang’s.
Howard Wang’s Uptown | A China Brasserie
3223 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas