Hakka Chow - Class Casual RestaurantFood ★★★★☆ Ambiance ★★★★☆ Service ★★★ ☆☆ Creativity ★★★★★ Value ★★★★ ☆meal for 2 $25-35 plus drinksFull bar
This was our first visit to this very interesting restaurant in Winston-Salem. Hakka Chow is an Asian Fusion restaurant that has Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Indian dishes and influence. I have never seen the fusion of Indian and Korea Foods! The owner is Chinese but lived in India which created this very interesting blend of foods. There are MANY things on the menu that I would like to try. Things like Korean BBQ Naan Flatbread and more are begging to be tried! Hakka Chow had a VERY creative menu with too many things I wanted to try. Obviously, I will have to go back.....
Hakka Chow is a fairly large restaurant that is professionally designed and decorated. It is very pleasing to the eye. The restaurant is broken up into subsections that all have a view of the somewhat open kitchen. They did a fantastic job in designing this restaurant.
Hakka Chow is not an expensive restaurant, but many of the dishes are slightly more than other Chinese restaurants in the area. This is not a surprise as many of the Triads Chinese restaurants are very sub par and their food reeks of the cheapness. I think it is well worth paying a few more dollars for a dish that is prepared better. I have been served a plate of mostly stir fried onions at too many local Chinese restaurants. I feel the price value ratio at Hakka Chow is excellent. Good food at a decent price.
Service at Hakka Chow was good. Our server was above average. She was extremely helpful in making suggestions of dishes she has had and honest about the dishes she has not tasted. Hakka Chow has a very large menu and it would take a while to taste everything they have to offer and many servers will give you the reply "everything is good".
The hostess/host was a bit off. One person was on the phone taking reservations while another just stood there as we waited. No one said we will be with you in a minute and there was not any acknowledgment that we were there. Kind of odd. This was the only spot that showed any weakness in Hakka Chows service.
Tonight I started with Hakka Chows Hot and Sour soup.
This is one soup that I really enjoy when it is made right. Unfortunately, this dish can be a very weak dish at many restaurants. I have had some fantastic Hot and sour soups in Asia, but rarely in the USA. Hakka Chow's Hot and sour soup was a bit weak. More of a chicken soup with cornstarch and a touch of vinegar and white pepper. The broth was very tan/yellow and it had no roasted notes of a chefs soup stock and it has little to no soy sauce. I prefer a richer broth with roasted notes and well-rounded umami and kokumi notes. Hakka Chow's hot and sour soup lacked these flavor complexities.