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“My favorite Chinese place”

Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #1,159 of 3,290 Restaurants in Phoenix
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighbourhood: Paradise Valley
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Neighbourhood: Paradise Valley
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I have been going to this excellent hole-in-the-wall family run Chinese restaurant for 20 years. I introduced my wife to it a few years ago, and we go about once a month since. It is better than any place else you can find and the prices are excellent. Get the Dragon Dinner Special for food for days!

Thank Jared A
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

If you want solid, consistent plentiful Chinese food in a casual atmosphere this is the place for you. This is our local go to for Orange Chicken and Szechuan Shredded Pork. We have been going for years. The restaurant changed hands a few years back and we worried it would go downhill-but not so! This family run operation still offers the same quality food and the portions are fabulous. The Orange Chicken is the BEST anywhere-and they use chicken breast. They do loads of take-out too. Try it!

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Thank M2922DHkarenh
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Our first visit to Dragon Palace:
Food excellent
Service excellent
Quality excellent.
We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Owner and chef Ken was great in recommending various dishes and checking to see if it all met our expectations. Overall A. We will be back soon. Being from New York we know really good Chinese food. Folks this it.

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Thank Thedumbo01
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The menu was the standard oriental fare. The entrees were delivered quickly and at the proper temperatures. We did not find any "must try" dishes on the menu or on the list of in house specials. The service was good, the food however, was not good.

On our First visit we had the, chicken chow mein, lemon chicken, fried rice, eggrolls, and egg drop soup. The egg drop soup was tasty, served piping hot and had a nice flavor. However, the chicken chow mein, lemon chicken, and eggrolls were not as expected. The coating on the lemon chicken was crunchy but the chicken was very dry and chewy not moist at all, as was the chicken in the chow mein. The eggrolls were just okay, not memorable, and the steamed rice was somewhat on the cold side and lacked any flavor. The meal just wasnt very good. Maybe, I went on an off day.

The service was geeat, the servings are plenty, and the prices are wallet friendly. I just wish the food was better.

Thank Denise G
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Our family decided to try Dragon Palace this evening for dinner. Having grown up in downstate New York exposed to NY American Chinese, and living in Singapore for 4 years, we are definitely particular and picky when it comes to establishments that attempt to pass themselves off as authentic Chinese. Dragon Palace is neither authentic nor quality Chinese food.

Let’s start with the positives. The food was hot, and the pre-packaged fortune cookies and almond cookies were fresh and delicious. This is pretty much all I can say positive about Dragon Palace.

One of my favorite Chinese food dishes to order is Egg Foo Young, so I had to try their Pork Egg Foo Young. After my first bite, I was convinced there was no egg used in this dish. It tasted like a bland dry floury pancake—awful. They did not use the usual thick savory brown sauce that normally accompanies Egg Foo Young, and they did not add the pork into the omelet. Instead, the overcooked grey slithers of pork were piled on top of the omelet and there was literally no sauce other than a greasy oil slick that drenched this bland dish. Egg Foo Young is an egg omelet patty, and the chefs at Dragon Palace managed to ruin an egg omelet.

We had Cashew Shrimp—another family favorite, but Dragon Palace managed to ruin that experience. The sauce was over powered in flavor by the generous use of green peppers, but that was the least of this dishes problem. The chef used two different sized shrimp, but even worse, the shrimp was not even cleaned! The shrimp still retained their gritty sand vein —otherwise known as the “poop chute”—gross! This is a definite indication that Dragon Palace does not use any quality assurance in their food standard practices.

The Shrimp Lo Mein and Peking Lo Mein was flavorless as was the fried rice. The meat used in both the Peking Lo Mein and Fried Rice was chewy, and it left us unsure of what type of meat it was—very off putting texture. In addition, the shrimp used in these dishes were not cleaned properly.

A big winner dish for us is always General Tso Chicken—just not at Dragon Palace. The batter coating on each morsel of chicken was soggy and not adhering to the chicken at all. The chef did not use the slightly spicy sauce that is normally used with this dish. It looked like they had just poured heaps of their red sweet and sour sauce on top of the chicken and added a few red chili peppers. We asked for it to be mild spicy, but there was not even a hint of heat in this dish.

We will never order from Dragon Palace again. It is overpriced poor quality bland food that is far from authentic Chinese or even authentic American Chinese food, and not cleaning the shrimp is a deal breaker for us—who knows what other poor standards are being practiced in this establishment.

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