Report Card: Molly Woo’s

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Molly Woo's Asian Bistro on Urbanspoon

http://www.mollywoos.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade A: Molly Woo’s might have received an A+ in this category if it wasn’t located in a mall. On the inside, Molly’s is clean and spacious (despite the mall location) and the décor is suitably Asian. You’d be really hard-pressed to find any Cameron Mitchell restaurant that isn’t clean and really well-maintained. We visited on a Friday at around 5pm, and even though there were plenty of diners, the place was pretty quiet.

High marks: Clean, spacious, appropriate décor

Low marks: Mall location

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Service: Grade A-: We’re not going to mention our server by name, mainly because we were served by the “bar team.” We usually avoid this scenario if possible because usually the service suffers due to a lack of focus from the bar staff. We were quite pleased, however, by the service we received by the bar staff at Molly Woo’s. We didn’t always have the same server come to wait on us, but the staff must speak to each other, because other than physical appearance you would have thought we had one server since the service was smooth and flowing. Our drinks and food all came out after normal wait times and there were no errors.

High marks: Accurate, friendly, good service

Low marks:   Multiple servers prevented any real engaging

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Food/Spirits: Grade A-: Katina started with a drink called Godzilla, which she followed with a drink called a Kiwi Cooler. Both drinks had a tropical feel to them – the kind of drinks you’d enjoy at the beach. The Godzilla was not very strong tasting, and it went down faster than a bunch of Tokyo natives fleeing from the monster that shares a name with the drink. The flavors of citrus and midori were easily detectable. The Kiwi Cooler was a bit stronger, but still really good. It had a (and I am quoting Katina here) “yummy strawberry-kiwi taste.” I settled on a couple of Tsingtao’s. I’m not a huge fan of Asian beer, mainly because it all tastes the same. I mean I like those beers…they’re a nice change, but I couldn’t live off of them. We selected the Kung Pao calamari for our appetizer. We’ll be honest, we only selected it because it was on the happy hour special list. At this point in the game, you have to have some pretty special calamari to impress us. We were really interested in the sauces that came with the calamari: a ginger ponzu sauce and sriracha mayonnaise. The calamari was well done and the sauces were nice, but nothing about the dish really stood out. For her entrée, Katina ordered the Honey chicken, and I selected the Garlic chicken. The chicken in the Honey Chicken was crisp, and the sauce was sweet thanks to the honey but it still had a bit of a kick to it. Katina has ordered extra sauce (see previous rant/post about tipping) which she felt made the difference. I found the Garlic chicken to be pretty tasty, but I did not find it spicy like it was advertised to be, not could I detect much garlic flavor in the dish. I could detect a soy sauce type of flavor and the sauce was definitely salty like it was made primarily from soy sauce. The dish did not taste anything like I expected, but it was still really tasty.

High marks: Tasty, tropical cocktails, tasty Honey Chicken           

Low marks: Calamari was good but not great, Garlic chicken did not taste like advertised

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Value: Grade B+: We spent right about what we expected to at Molly Woo’s. No doubt the fact we got our drinks and appetizer as happy hour specials helped with the price. Portion size was pretty good, and both Katina and I took some food home for the next day (on a side note, the leftovers didn’t seem to take reheating very well). Quality was also really good. Just so you all understand how we approach the value category, a B or B+ means we think the price is right where it should be for quality and portion size, and we usually recommend restaurants that score in this range. To get an A, we have to be surprised by how low the total is on the check. For an A+, we pretty much have to think the server made a mistake and forgot to ring in half of our meal. So, it’s pretty hard to score above a B+ in this category, and as such, we are really comfortable recommending Molly Woo’s.

High marks: Good portion size and good quality

Low marks: Leftovers did not reheat well

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