From what I understand, Jgold went to Major Domo at least three times. So he definitely tried to give it a fair shake. I agree with him strongly on some of his criticism but also disagree strongly on other criticisms (and likes)
When we had the lamb dish, the chef de cuisine that created it came to us and told us this was a new rendition he was trying. J gold was sitting next our table and got the same dish shortly after.
When the CDC asked us what we thought , I said to him exactly what Jgold said. It needs more sechuan spice. The smell is there but the taste is incredibly mild. He came and gave me some of the crushed version to sprinkle on the lamb which really kicked it up a notch. I don’t know if he will ultimately incorporate more spice into it because it might be too much for a restaurant of this style. I don’t remember too many nicer restaurants that would serve such an aggressively spiced dish.
But the lamb shoulder was insane. It’s meant to be wrapped and sauced so all the flavors work together, eating it by itself (which I watched Jgold do) is kinda boring and I’d agree with his opinion in that point.
The dish is really of two worlds and I guess it kinda clashes. The shoulder reminds of eating a street kabob in the Middle East. All that creamy yogurt white sauce, pickled veggies and paste with soft lamb meat. But that type of flavor is a strong contrast the schezeuan take. It really food porn visually.
I agree about the APL short rib. I had it once and have not been compelled to try it again. Mine was kinda dry. I hate when places overlook large pieces of beef. (Here’s looking at you Chi spacca $175+ steak!)
I disagree strongly with him about the Bing. The bing is the reason to eat there. It’s the only reason my wife eats there. It’s a fantastic take on “just another flatbread” we see springing up everywhere. It’s a vehicle for other food.
I really enjoyed the seafood vermicelli as well but I can see it getting gummy from all the starch of the potato if you let it sit. (Personally I could do without the potatoes) Didn’t have the issue since we ate it pretty quickly and then got to the delicious charred bottom ala charred rice.
I think he missed out not getting the pork belly, chicken or rare beef loin. Those are the Star proteins I feel. But the descriptions are so boring i can see why he passed.
The restaurant seems to be ever evolving, so it seems they are adjusting and changing on the fly.