Fare: Chinese - Mandarin
Price: Moderate Expensive
Food Quality: 2 1/2 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared Chinese - Mandarin cuisine
Upscale, chic ambiance
Offers vegetarian, gluten free & kids menus with nutrition information
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy and appreciate the art of Mandarin Chinese served in a trendy, upbeat setting
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer basic Chinese food in a neighborhood setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Salt & Pepper Prawns; The Mongolian Beef; and The Line Caught Chilean Sea Bass.
Liquor: Full Service Bar, Bar scene is vibrant
P. F. Chang's, located in The Quarter at the Tropicana, one of five locations in New Jersey, is not your neighborhood style Chinese restaurant. It's a destination!
The decor is attractive with an entrance of guarded stone horses leading up to a stylish main dining area with soft lighting, large tables and spacious booths.
For a more intimate setting, ask to be seated upstairs in the bar area.
Once in and seated though, you are in for a treat. The food is artfully prepared with fresh and Eco-conscious ingredients.
P. F. Chang's China Bistro features a menu of Mandarin style wok cooking, including a variety of Asian-inspired dishes such as hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family-style noodles and rice --- all made from scratch every day.
* For skeptics who claim that that P.F. Chang's serves non-authentic, Americanized - Chinese food --- As an aside; Mandarin is a style cooking where presentation is key. Originating in the royal courts of China centuries ago, Mandarin dishes pair mild spices with colorful vegetables. It is considered an art form mixing colors and aromas. Rice is not the central staple for Mandarin dishes. Wheat is the more typical grain. Mandarin dishes with wheat products are a work of art.
The attractive bar is a high energy New York style scene. The patrons are well-dressed and can be found sipping martinis at the bar while they wait for their table. Chang's offers a full cocktail menu along with a variety of Asian wines, saki's and beers.
The staff is attentive and friendly, and does an excellent job of accommodating the very high volume of people in a professional manner.
P F Chang's is very child friendly.
Self-parking is conveniently located in the Tropicana Casino and Hotel garage
(updated June, 2018)
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