P. F. Chang’s
|Address||Winter Park Village|
436 N. Orlando Ave.
M, T, W, TH, F, Sat, Sun
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No brunch offered
|Noise Level||Medium Noise Level|
Additional location: Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando; 407-345-2888. I don’t know why I included this restaurant under the Chinese listings – the food is about as far away from authentic Chinese as you can get. But, for some, this is what they want in a Chinese restaurant. And they can have it.
Still, there are some tasty things to be had.
For appetizers the salt & pepper shrimp were a treat. The shrimp, lightly breaded and coated with salt and pepper, are meant to be eaten shell, tail and all. It's an unusual textural experience, but it's one you should try.
The ``soothing lettuce wraps,'' available with chicken or vegetables only, were good too. Here the meat or vegetables were stir-fried with a light sauce and served with whole leaves of iceberg lettuce. To eat, you simply spoon some of the food onto the lettuce and roll it up.
Red sauced wontons featured shrimp and pork steamed inside rather doughy wonton skins. They were sticky and much less pleasant than the other appetizers.
My favorite entree was Chang's spicy chicken, a version of the popular General Tso's chicken found in many Chinese restaurant. The chunks of chicken breast were lightly breaded and stir-fried with a sweet sauce made spicy with pepper flakes. The spicing was just right - it wasn't too wimpy, and yet it didn't obliterate the tastebuds.
Winter Park Village