The whole experience was modern, fresh and flavorful. We started with the Wok Seared Calamari. This is not the standard Italian style Calamari. It consists of cuttlefish, red and green peppers and green onions. We also had the Pan Seared Pork/Vegetable Dumplings which comes 12 to an order. Well executed and very appetizing, both starters were a great way to begin the meal. For entrees we ordered the Chen Z Knife Shaved Wok Fried Noodles which includes thinly sliced ribeye, chicken, shrimp and Asian greens over buckwheat noodles. We also tried the Smoked Duck Wok Fried Noodles with ginger, green onions and cucumber. I don’t think I could pick a favorite since they were both equally delicious.
Unfortunately, we did not save room for dessert since the portions are so generous. We actually needed a to-go box. I am looking forward to my next visit. I plan to try the infamous Hot Pots which consist of searing hot bowls of various types of broth that are used to cook a selection of meat and vegetables. Chen Z is apparently the first restaurant in Austin to offer this delicacy. (Gina)