Bakery Review: Rainbow Bakery

Details: Located at 41-39 Kissena Blvd, Flushing NY 11355. Official website is https://rainbowbakeryny.com/

Score: 7/10

Rainbow bakery is a chain of Chinese bakeries. The specific location that I visited is a place of some notoriety. Within a couple of days of opening, an incidence of road rage caused a care to crash through the entrance into the bakery, destroying the business. Below is a news report on the incident.

It’s been a few months since then and Rainbow Bakery has renovated (again) and reopened. I felt the need to give some patronage given their past misfortune.

The first thing I noticed upon browsing is that the prices here are very competitive. This location is in downtown Flushing and there are a lot of Chinese bakeries here competing against each other. The prices of common items that each bakery produces is equal or even lesser than what I’ve seen in other local Chinese bakeries.

The quality is also equal or better. I had a cheese tart and a pork floss roll. Both were very good. Specifically, the cheese tart was like eating a very dense, cheesecake flavored foam. The pork floss roll was done slightly differently than other bakeries, but was about as good as you’d find elsewhere.

Overall, this place is great. It’s equal or slightly better than the other bakeries in the area. Additionally, they also had a menu in the back of cook to order dishes, dim sum, and some made to order desserts as well. I didn’t try any of those, but they looked good.

Food Stall Review: Kingwuu

Details: Located at 135-45 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/kingwuu-%E7%B2%BE%E6%AD%A6%E9%B8%AD%E8%84%96-flushing

Score: 6.5/10

Kingwuu are two food stalls right next to each other. One has been selling things like marinated chicken feet, wings and organs for a while (I imagine these food items are more appealing to people from China rather than Americans). The other stall used to sell fried chicken, but I guess that failed. Now they sell braised and marinated meats. This is a review of the braised meat stall, not he organ and chicken feet one.

I’ve walked by this stall a couple times and I was entranced by the smell coming from this stall every time. The food smells damn good. They have these big pots on display where meat is bubbling and stewing all day.

I’ve ordered from here twice. The first time I got the Taiwanese braised pork over rice which cost about eight dollars. You get a big bowl of rice, a decent portion of bok choy, half a stewed egg and a mountain of braised pork over your rice. This was very good, though it was slightly more expensive than I’m used to paying for Taiwanese braised pork over rice. Then again, the portion was larger than I’m used to.

The other thing I ordered was the braised beef over rice which costs about twelve dollars. This was also good, except that the portion was really small. You get five or six pieces of beef and like the Taiwanese braised pork, half a stewed egg, a decent serving of bok choy, all over a large serving of rice. The taste is there, but the portion was not.

What’s really unfortunate is that besides the Taiwanese braised pork, almost everything here is priced at about twelve dollars, which is not competitive when compared to the other take out businesses in the area. Seven to eight dollars is about right. If they served a larger portion, I would suggest they shrink the portion size and lower the price to something competitive. Unfortunately, the serving size of the meat is already small and shrinking it even more would make the meal more of a snack rather than a meal.

Overall, the food here is good, but the price is not. I would come back here again, but the only thing I recommend ordering is the Taiwanese braised pork over rice. There are some other things that I did not see the price of like the stewed tripe. If those other items are priced and portioned similarly to the Taiwanese braised pork, then they may be worth getting.

Restaurant Review: Renee’s Kitchenette and Grill

Details: Located at 69-14 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY 11377. You can find an unclaimed Yelp page at https://www.yelp.com/biz/renees-kitchenette-and-grill-woodside

Score: 7.2/10

Renee’s Kitchenette and Grill is one of three popular Filipino restaurants on a single block. This block is located in very Filipino area with a lot of Filipino businesses. I’ve been seeing this specific street on a few Youtubers’ videos so I decided to come down and try some food.

I came here a Saturday afternoon and had a mixed barbecue platter for about twenty-five dollars. It came with some Filipino sausage, a sauced chicken thigh, sauced pork and pork belly. We also got some Shanghai spring rolls and a halo halo at the end.

Everything was great. On the platter, the best things were the barbecue pork and Filipino sausage. The chicken was all right, but average. The pork belly had a very porky smell to it which you normally get from not cooking it enough or leaving it out too long.

The spring rolls were very good and meaty. These aren’t like the spring rolls from Chinese takeout restaurants or those from Vietnamese pho restaurants. These were all or mostly meat.

The halo halo was great. Tons of shaved ice in it. It came in a very tall glass, which actually made it hard to eat. I think I would’ve preferred a bowl.

The staff here was very friendly. The only complaint I had was that they had Fox News playing loudly. I guess these guys are Republicans or Trump supporters. To each their own, but when I go to a restaurant, I go to relax. I don’t want to think about politics.

Overall, this place was great. The staff was friendly and the food was good. When I came, indoor dining was permitted again for New York City restaurants. They did have that temperature gun that takes your temperature when pointed at your forehead, so if you’re feeling hot, you may not be allowed to enter.

Restaurant Review: Doshirak Box

Score: 7/10

We’re living in a post pandemic world. In order for a restaurant in New York City to survive in this environment, it needs to either have outdoor space or delivery and takeout. Doshirak does not have outdoor space, but it does have the fortune to be a primarily takeout and delivery business, even from before the pandemic.

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Restaurant Review: New Curry Leaves

Details: Located at 135-31 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. An unclaimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/new-curry-leaves-flushing

Score: 6.8/10

I’ve been here a couple of times and the food is mostly all right. The biggest downside to this restaurant is that there is that Malay Restaurant is few stores down and does everything slightly better for a slightly higher price.

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