Inspiration ended at the street sign for Inspiration Wharf. It pointed in the right direction; it just ended outside the door. There was little inspiration in the dishes we were served, symbolic of a fallen dynasty. The facade of a great dynasty was present as the interior was quite spectacular. A soaring ceiling raised our expectations. But, alas all those expectations came crumbling down.
Dynasty of Port Washington is located at 405 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 at Inspiration Wharf. Parking is available in the back. You will NOT see the restaurant from Main Street (heading west, it’s just past Louie’s)
We were the only diners in the entire restaurant most of the night, and we were seated in the far corner of a separate room. They must have known we could get a bit boisterous at times. Halfway through our meal another couple came in. Two other Jews. They too were exiled to the back room. We tried to engage them in conversation, but alas our wit was lost on them. Like the inspiration before it, the wit, was lost in a black hole.
The meal started promising enough. The most unusual chow mein noodles were on the table with a sauce that was totally unique from any that we ever had before. The taste of brown sugar, with the crispiness of the noodles had us scarfing down two large bowls before we were really served. At other non-Chinese restaurants, when there’s good bread it’s usually an indication that the food will be real good. Remember that black hole I mentioned before???
While our drinks were being prepared, we asked to start off with a large order of spare ribs. Sadly they were incredibly dry and tasteless. Not a good start.
Bad Sign #1:
Or, #2 if you wish… As usual, we asked to be served their best… an authentic Chinese meal. We should, and probably did, realize that when they suggested General Tso’s chicken that we were in for it this evening. Needless to say, we passed on the General
Though the restaurant was vacant, it took forever for our food to arrive. Moses probably could have crossed the desert twice and brought back our food faster!
All five dishes came out at the same time:
- Chow Steak Kew – This was actually quite nice. The steak tender and juicy.
- Dynasty Chicken Medallions – Dry chicken. Unmemorable sauce.
- Sauteed String Beans – This dish received mixed reviews. I thought the string beans lacked crispness; others enjoyed the sauce and taste.
- BBQ Shrimp – A misnomer. They were NOT barbequed. However, they were good. When all was said and done, this was my favorite dish.
- Young Chow Fried Rice – A nice mixture of ingredients, their house special fried rice was a cut above other Young Chow Fried Rice’s that we have had at other restaurants.
The fortune cookies were as tasteless as some of the dishes, and the Fortunes, well… judge for yourself:
“Clear your mental, emotional and psychic space and you’ll see.” I think I need new glasses!
“Put the data you have uncovered to beneficial use.” We are. You are reading this review!
“You become known for your generosity.” I think they guilted us in to leaving a large tip!
“You will be asked to step up to the plate in a new way.” Hmmm
“Don’t fret. All your friends will be able to zig whenever you zag.” I would never try to shake them… um, except for when it comes to paying the bill (Of course, I jest)!
All that remained was paying the bill (higher than we expected), filling out the rating below, and then heading off to Carvel for our just desserts.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)