A year before Jia Dim Sum opened in Port Washington, NY, a married couple brought their dream there and opened Ivory Kitchen, at 87 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050. The wife, Cissi, was front and center greeting everyone and serving most of the tables, including ours, while her husband, Jeff, was relegated to the back in the kitchen, where he reigned supreme, offering some of the finest dishes from the Yunnan Province in China.
Not only can you taste the pride they take in their cuisine, but you can also see it in how they decorated the restaurant.
From hand-made check holders, embroidered in China…
To the light wood of the walls, tables, and chairs. Perhaps it was the inspiration that the owners of Jia Dim Sum channeled into the design of their restaurant. If someone knows, please share. If no one does, can someone find out for us? Pretty please, with a cherry on top of the Carvel Ice Cream Sundae?
With Cissi’s patience and eagerness to bring us their finest dishes, we let her order our meal. We started with Soup Dumplings, which didn’t have a lot of soup in them, but tasted fine, and Yunnan Beef Noodle in Soup, which did. It was a cold chilly day in February, so we needed something to warm the cockles of our hearts.
Dutifully warmed, it was time to move on to some entrees. Next up was the Stir-fried Beef, and Pineapple Fried Rice. Both of these dishes hit it out of the park. My turn to issue a dutiful warning now. See that beef (the photo below on the left)? It’s HOT. D@mn HOT! It looks hot too, so you know it’s hot. It’s HOT! Those red hot chili peppers came to rock this dish tonight.
The fried rice will help soak up some of the fire, and the pineapple will cool you right down.
They complimented each other perfectly. We were on a roll. We were ready for more!
If you didn’t notice the clever way I introduced this review, it was by design. Your mind should now be envisioning a picture of a review, laying on the draft board, lost in time, but not in our memories. In fact, enough time for our ratings to biodegrade.
Because of obligation and duty, we must post a numerical rating to satisfy the hunger of our readers. It’s a good thing I have the memory of an elephant (and I looked like one too after this meal). Ivory Kitchen of Port Washington, NY, you earned a 4.20 (out of five stars)!
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)