Friendship Restaurant

Chicago, Illinois

2.9 / 2 votes

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Upscale Chinese bistro

This Chinese restaurant has won various awards and is frequently called an insider's delight. It features a large vegetarian section on the menu with dishes such as the "Temple's Feast."

Added by conde.kedar on Nov 25 08 (last updated Dec 29 10)

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Friendship Restaurant is an upscale-looking Chinese joint with a couple of vegan dishes. While its ambience and service are good, the food here is woefully mediocre.

My friend and I shared a "Temple's Feast" ($11) and a Kung Pao Eggplant and Mushroom ($11) along with an order of veggie spring rolls ($6). The spring rolls were passable, being overly breaded and stuffed with mostly cabbage and cellophane noodles (boring!). The Temple's Feast and the Kung Pao dishes had indistinguishable sauces, neither of which rose above the level of gooey, corn starch-laden stripmall food. While both dishes were edible, they weren't worth $11, especially not at those small portion sizes.

The service and atmosphere were great, though. This is one of few Chinese restaurants in the city that is both relatively vegan-friendly as well as upscale in terms of appearance. Our waiter was courteous, fast and efficient.

If Friendship offered more unusual vegan dishes (perhaps something with mockmeat or seitan?), and a lighter, spicier touch to their sauce preparation, I might consider returning.


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This place is fine - the food is decent, but not anything extraordinary to write home about. The service was a bit slow on the night I went, and it wasn't even incredibly busy. The interior decor and overall atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

One big thing - I like my menus to describe what I'm getting. The menu in the restaurant has no indication as to what's in what. I'm glad I read the menu online before going (a bit more detailed) otherwise I would have been waiting forever for the server to get to that.

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Neighborhood

Logan Square

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese

Features

  • Delivery
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic

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Hours

noon - 10pm
noon - 10:30pm
3pm - 10pm

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