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Posted by Will Penn on 06/20/2013
I am an American who lived in China for a number of years, so I know authentic Chinese food. I think Pagoda is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Philly. Their dumplings and noodle dishes are excellent. For Old City, their prices are reasonable. A great place to eat after strolling along Penn's Landing, catching a movie, or visiting historic Old City sites!
Posted by anonymous on 11/20/2009
this place is the best i just moved to south philly and miss being able to go there whenever i want. i have to disagree with the previous bad review, i think it common knowlege that when squid is chewy it means its overcooked. and 14 per person with apps and entre is very affordable esp for the quality of food, its only a few bucks more per entree than the avg chinese but its highest quality, gen tso's for example is sliced chicken breast over rice no mystery meat. they have this awesome shrimp and eggplant dish i've never seen on a chinese menu that is totally delicious and of course the soup and dumplings are great can't wait to go back
Posted by OldCityLocal on 09/06/2009
I find this to be the perfect low-key Chinese restaurant -- it has a really nice atmosphere -- nicer than expected -- and the food is amazing -- really good quality and huge portions! Staff is friendly -- just an all around great place that keeps me coming back!
Posted by Sarah on 08/21/2009
My boyfriend and I walk all the way from Fairmount just to eat here. The service is quick, the place is clean, and the price is great. I always get the chicken and pineapple, it's the best!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2009
We were excited to check this restaurant out. I ordered the Singapore noodles. The service was good and prompt, but the food was bland and flavorless. The food wasn't even spicy despite what the little chili pepper icon next to my meal. My date said the same about her food. We both left disappointed.
Posted by Brian on 11/22/2008
Maybe a bit biased but after reading many excellent reviews for pagoda noodle cafe, decided i had to definitely try it. I was very excited as a general china town goer and reading reviews that this place blows china town places out of the water. As a college student, i had high expectations for very good food at a reasonable price. While arriving, the setting was very nice and there was even a birthday party going on at the same time. The place looks nice and provided a very comfortable setting and nice atmosphere. We all ordered our food and also ordered a few appetizers, one being the salt baked squid that was mentioned many times within reviews. I ordered the roast pork and shrimp duimpling noodle soup. The food arrived in a timely manner but the drinks we ordered took a very long time and our water was never refilled once, despite asking several times. A lot of the employees didn't seem too busy, but i wasn't sure since there was the party going on. The food portions was a fair amount but i definitely expected a little bit larger from all the reviews. In my opinion, it was an average size for a place serving noodles. The roast pork was exactly like roast pork and the shrimp dumplings were fairly good. They did have a "unique" taste to it in my opinion, but my friends thought they were just about the same as all the other places in chinatown. For the appetizer, i have tried many places salt baked squid and was expection just perfection. Again, the salt baked squid was just average in my opinion in taste and the portion was not very large at all. The squid appetizer was very easy to bite and chew which made it pretty different than other places. I was fine with it, but i know some people prefer the chewier versions. Overall, it might have been a better dining experience if i didn't have such high expectations. I know various places in chinatown that i prefer both in tastes and in portions. The employees were nice enough but there were certain requests that we asked for but wasn't sure if it was done. An example was to have make one of the entree's extra spicy and they said that they could easily do that. We received the entree and i don't think it had any bit of "hotness" in it. We even let one of our friends who can't handle spicy food at all try and he got nothing. In the end, i was full but only after on a eating a few parts of the appetizer and my own bowl of noodles. Price ended up being around $14/person with tip.
Posted by B on 05/01/2008
at Pagoda. It is always easy to get a table and the service is very good. They are also very willing to rush your order if you're seeing a movie at the Ritz next door. The Vegetarian General Tso's is the best I've ever had, and I've helped some carnivores fall in love with it.