I have been going to Dragon Pearl for YEARS!! I use to go three four times a WEEK Helen and crew are the best! this is by far my favorite place in the entire country for the great food, wonderful people and warm smiles LOVE it!!!! AND I am going there right now!!!
We are regular customers at this restaurant and we live in Hudson. I've also traveled to China many times. Is this great authentic Chinese food? Nope. Is it the best Chinese food in the Twin Cities area? Well no. But this is what the restaurant has going for it. First of all the owner Helen should be the poster child for good customer service. She remembers your name, remembers what you like and is always, always very pleasant. I don't know about you but to me this counts a bunch given the level of service you get at restaurants these days. The food is ok. All of the rice dishes are good and they will modify dishes/sauces upon request. Like many things, throw out the bad nuts in the bag and read the other reviews.
This is tge worst excuse for chinese food I have ever eaten, Sauces are to thick, no care goes into preparation or presentation. twicw i have brought home the wrong to go order. Ordered orange chicken and received some kind of sweet and sour concoction. Pricing is high for the service and food quality. A Big Two Thumbs down !!! Sorry but I have to be honest. A person or family would do better to travel over to Woodbury and eat excellent, moderately priced chinese cuisine at Yangs chinese restraunt. They are located on the corner of 494 and Valley Creek exit. They are clean, courteous, and the food is excellent. Their soups are perfect, Egg Rolls crisp and yummy full of pork, cabbage and onion. Do yourself a favor and make the drive.
I am yet another former employee of this establishment. However I will be trying to give a more unbiased veiw of this place rather than try to bash it or put it on a pedastal as I see most of the reviews have already done. Some of the Pros of this eatery are as folows: the food is very very good (my favorites would be the seseme chicken, the pork fried rice, and the cream cheese wontons which are freshly made by hand almost daily.), very little comes from cans at dragon pearl this would deffinatlly help tastewise I am asuming, service is always prompt and you are served your food pipeing hot within ten minutes. However now I shall describe some of dragon pearls downfalls: Allthough the food is exquisite very little is done about cleanliness in the back kitchen, daily I saw cooks cleaning or using the restroom facilities and when they had finished they would not wash their hands (although I have never seen them drop food and still use it as the former employee Mr. Weiners states two posts down from me, I have also never heard of anyone getting sick), as for people saying how nice Helen is she is very nice, however you must understand that one of her tactics to keep business is by treating you like family, litterally anyone who walks in those doors will get the same treatment by Helen if they've come to eat at her restaraunt. I would always find it funny when I talked to people who ate there often who were under the impression that they were Helen's best friends, you must understand that (everyone is Helen's best friend if you spend your money there). All this aside i would deffinatlly still recomend eating here, its the best chinese for quite a while.
Regarding the previous review, it is obviously from an angry ex-employee. Both myself and my husband have worked there and did not see ANY of those issues with food. I have been a customer for over 10 years having never been sick...unless you count on eating too much because it is sooooooooooo gooooood!!!! John and Helen are very well known and respected in the Hudson community and to post such a scathing, untruthful lie about their business is very childish. If their food handling practices were as you say they are....don't you think they would have been sited/closed by now?! Food for thought...and now....off to have dinner at the Dragon Pearl!!! :)
As an employee of this restaurant, i can tell you one thing. never pay money to eat at this place. i have seen the cooks drop food on the floor and still use it. the sweet sour chicken is cooked then it's exposed in a warm room for about six hours which can't be good for you. Chow Mein gave me the runs and i can't even think of Low Mein any more. Your better off driving to the cities to get sanitary food that won't make you sick. just a warning.
We have been looking for a good chinese food place ever since we moved here and I must say we 'LOVED' this place. They had amazing food and great service. The price is reasonable for good chinese food. We hightly reccomend you try thi place out!
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