Yen Wor Garden (Chinese)
8580 Greenwood Ave N (map)
Reviewer on Yelp: “My favorite place for slummy Chinese food and the blare of really bad karaoke next door…”
dining · Food & Drink
I have only been to Yen Wor once, but I suspect that’s all it takes to conclude this place, on a good night, is mediocre. The food was plain, but edible. The service was flat, but not rude or slow. The prices were moderate. It isn’t cheap enough to feel like ordinary food at a great price. The atmosphere is clean, but lacking. It lacks charm or intimacy. It isn’t kitschy. It isn’t elegant. Overall, it’s a fluorescent restaurant – efficient, well lit, doesn’t take much energy, but lacking a warm glow for both your eyes and your taste buds.
I’ve been there twice, but that’s enough. A shame, too, since the food was decent enough, and it seems like the place is improving from its dive-y roots. However, they managed to get my credit card frozen and then canceled by repeatedly charging the meal cost. My bank called me after the first 1/2 dozen charges and then canceled the card because the charges just kept coming over the next couple of days and weeks. Turns out it wasn’t malicious (some problem with the date, so they just kept guessing), but I had to deal with switching my isp, mobile phone, and other contracts to the new card number. Great pot stickers and a garlic tofu are all fine and good, but if the process of paying for them means many hours of hassle later, I won’t be back.
I have been here once and I will NEVER go back. This is the worst chinese food I have ever had. I could have cooked chinese better than this.
Don’t go here for the food — go here for the hilarious karaoke. If you have a chance to see Penny, er, sing — you have seen a local legend.
Don’t judge this place by its past reputation or its unattractive front. The food is consistently good and often better than that. We eat here every week, knowing that we will not be disappointed by a suddenly sub-standard meal. Their dim sum items, such as baked or steamed buns, are a nice accompaniement to a meal.