by Sadie Inklebarger on
i have been there three times (twice for brunch, once for dinner) and have really wanted to like it.....but the food is just average. on the positive side, I've always had very helpful servers, and the atmosphere is good. But the food....not even up there with standard chain fare unfortunately. most recently, I was there for dinner with a friend. at the suggestion of the server, we had the fried green tomato an oyster rockefeller appetizers. The tomatoes were ok...had some goat cheese that sounded good on the menu (as if to be upscale southern food) but the execution was bland. The oysters were a mess - I LOVE oysters as does my friend, and we didn't even finish them. the dish was a weird temperature - not hot, not cold....tasted as if they either didn't finish heating it or it had been sitting for a while. and, the flavor was just a bunch of cheesy breadcrumby stuff on top of oysters- nothing that was well thought out. For entrees, we had the fried chicken that had been raved about on rateclubs and the jambalaya. Fried chicken was frankly poorly executed - I was excited to try it as I haven't had great fried chicken in years since my grandmother used to make it here in atlanta :-) - but this was just bland, the breading wasn't properly crispy, and the chicken itself was fine but just ok. the server asked if i liked spice with the jambalaya and i said yes - and when I got it, all it tasted like was canned (or shaken or such) spice. nothing delicate, nothing well thought through, nothing that had been simmering for a while....just an extra shake or two of some pre-prepared spice. it tasted ok, but what I'd expect from a cheap takeout place. the brunches were better but not great either. I have really wanted to like this place, especially since I now live nearby, but i have to say I won't be going there again. it is just disappointing.
by Emily M. on
We went for a friend's birthday on a Friday night. Where do I begin? $20 for valet. The food was very average and not worth what they charge for it. The cocktails we had at dinner were fine, but served in plastic cups, seriously! It takes all the fun out of drinking a $15 cocktail when you are sipping from a cheap plastic cup! The service was fine, not terrible but pretty slow (especially considering how empty the restaurant was), and I never really could figure out who our server was, different people kept coming around. The dining area itself is cool, we were on the upper level and it was neat to look down and see the bar area and tables below. After dinner we decided to try the club. We headed upstairs, there was no line, but they were charging a $25 cover! After the overpriced parking and meal, none of our group was down for shelling out the additional fee, so we headed down to the basement level club, which was a little sketch. Just overall not a great experience, not a great night.
by Aliza Mickleberry on
Alright, Listen up rateclubsers! The Hong Kong in Harvard Sq. is a fantastic Establishment. I call it an Establishment because upon learning that I was going to college in Boston, my uncle (who also went to school in Boston) told me that The Hong Kong in Harvard Sq. is where he had many a lost Weekends. Some things never change. My roommate is a bartender at The Kong, so I am a little biased. However, I have been going to the HK for the past 6 years of my life, and have never had a bad time there. The drinks are strong, the crowd is young, and most importantly the dance floor knows how to get grimy. The Hong Kong is not the type of establishment where you go to eat (eventhough I have caught some of my friends, in a drunken stupor, sneaking down to the 1st floor restaurant for some Apps.), the sole purpose of patronizing the HK is to get KONGED...i.e. get drunk, dance your face off, make bad decisions, forget how you got home, and wake up the next day to ask your friends, "Anything funny happen last night"? The best nights are typically Thursday and Saturday. Now do yourself a favor, and go get KONGED!