A few weekends ago, we planned a dinner at Jasmine Seafood restaurant to check out their new reduced menu items priced at $7.99. However, when we arrived, the restaurant was booked for the night for a wedding reception.
So we headed over to Emerald. I visited Emerald about a month ago, which you can read about here, checking out their special menu dishes which are priced at 4 dishes for $24.99 or 7 dishes for $39.99.
On my first visit, I was a little blinded by the cheap prices. Now that I’ve visited twice, the excitement has worn off a bit. For the most part, you get what you pay for. The dishes served on the menu are not smaller portions of the higher quality of Emerald dishes I’m used to (though it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten there off their regular menu). Also, while the menu seemed extensive, there are only a few dishes I liked off the menu and we had trouble finding enough dishes we wanted to try.
Overall, the dishes are cheap and I probably will visit again because it’s cheaper than cooking yourself, but I wouldn’t visit frequently as the quality is just so-so for the reduced special menu. Here is what we ordered:
Honey walnut shrimp.
Shanghai rice cakes. We ordered this last time as well and it’s something I’d order again.
Spicy boiled beef dish. This was definitely the worst dish of the night. It was nothing like the spicy boiled beef dishes served at Sichuan places like Spicy City or Ba Ren or Spicy House. The beef was tough, there were lots of vegetables, and the sauce was watery and a little sour and not very spicy. No one liked this dish and it remained untouched for most of the night.
Seafood tofu dish. The portions of this were pretty generous.
Shredded duck with vegetables
Mapo tofu with two kinds of tofu. The sauce for this was kind of sour. I was not a fan of this dish.
Stir fried intestines in black bean sauce. There weren’t many pieces of intestines in this dish but there was a lot of asparagus
Peppered Beef short ribs
Sweet and sour pork chops
Cod fish with garlic sauce. I thought the fish had too much batter and barely any fish.
Pan fried flounder. I like this dish and always order it when I see it on the menu. The version here is pretty good.
You can view the full menu on my previous post.
Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant
3709 Convoy St, Ste 101
San Diego, CA 92111