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Posted by Lombard on 02/08/2013
The only Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant that we have eaten at for the past 15 years. Great, authentic food. Service can be aloof at times. If you order take out, check your order before leaving, chances are that sauces will be missing.
Posted by Lynda on 02/27/2009
Tai Lake is amazing. No, this is not a place to order lo mein and chop suey, although they'll make it if you ask. This is a place to eat what all of the Chinatown locals are eating--salt-bake seafood, Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, Oysters in spicy black bean sauce. Fantastic, fresh food at very good prices. There is simply no better Chinese restaurant in the Northeast.
Posted by Gwailo X on 02/21/2009
Tai Lake is easily one of the best Chinese restaurants on the East coast. I have eaten at four star restaurants in Hong Kong that are only slightly better than Tai Lake for three or four times the cost. If you ever need to impress a Chinese person from out of town, take them here.
Posted by Hugh D on 10/08/2008
I decided to try this restaurant based on the ratings and reviews that were given on this sight, what I found was that this place was vastly overated by the other reviewers. The food at this restaurant in unappetizing! Easily the most disappointing Chinese food that I have ever had in this area. Cold duck, sloppy lo mein, and everything was greasier than a fast food joint. Compounding this was the $70 tab for two people (which included a couple drinks). I am honestly not that picky of a diner but I have to say, I felt compelled to warn others from making the same mistake that I did.
Posted by bdkmd8 on 08/07/2008
Typical good restaurant of Chinatown (whether in Philly or New York): crowded, hurried staff and not much care of the place's decor. However, the Tai Lake has great food. The fish are contained alive in their isolated aquariums (one for shrimp, another for lobsters, etc.) and are 'fished' out when a customer places an order for them that is fresh seafood!!. The dishes are attractive, abundant and not expensive. Try the Tai Lake - you wont be dissapointed.
Posted by G on 01/16/2007
I ordered steamed shrimp dumplings and spicy sauted chicken. The dumplings were fresh... but the chicken, was amazing! It was in a delicious spicy sauces with peppers, peanuts, celery, & carrots.