Wild East is a place that I think about going to until I look at the menu and see the prices. In fact today, I got to the door, and I was ready to eat the $2 I'd put into the parking meter until a crazy downpour changed my mind.
One of the good things about this place is that they have tables on the river, but today was no day for eating outside.
Wild East Asian Bistro
I was literally the only person in the place, and with their prices I'm not surprised. I asked if they had iced tea, and they had a green tea and a peach mango; I went for the green as I perused the menus. They have a $6 menu advertised on their web site, but it's now $7. The good thing is that they have pictures, so you can get an idea of the portion size and what it looks like.
My server brought out the green tea without sugar or lemon. I didn't notice that there were no sweeteners on the table, so I just asked for lemon. I decided on the Salt and Pepper Wings and the Mongolian Beef. I ended up drinking the tea unsweetened, which is healthier anyway I suppose.
The dining room is attractive with a bamboo theme; there's soothing music from the far east playing. I noticed that the tables not only didn't have condiments, they didn't have any silverwear; just a napkin with chopsticks.
Wild East Asian Bistro
I'd asked for the items to come out separately; the wings came out first.
Wild East Salt and Pepper Wings
Right out of the fryer, these babys were hot. Not spicy hot. They were deftly fried with a hint of spice. The garnish really served no purpose other than to add color. But these were good; a worthy starter that would pair nicely with a cocktail as a snack as well.
The Mongolian Beef, at first glance, seemed like a small portion for $14. There's no lunch deal here as in most Chinese restaurants; no soup or egg roll included. The rice was sticky and typical, but the beef and sauce where superb. They claim to use flank steak here instead of the usual chinese mystery meat; this was very good.
wild East Mongolian Beef
As it turns out, the portion was fine for lunch, as long as you don't expect leftovers. It's twice as expensive as your typical chinese restaurant.
Another table was seated just before I was leaving and I noticed that their tea came with a sweeteners setup. I guess I got the bad server once again. I also had to wait awhile to get my check after I was done. The servers hang out at the bar in the front and they can't see the dining room.
Like other places on Las Olas, this place is wildly overpriced; $27 for lunch. Unlike most places on Las Olas, the food here is top notch. This is probably the best Chinese food in town.