Restaurant Of The Week
By Teresa Barile
Eat Like A King At Queens Palace
Queens Palace, an elegantly decorated Chinese restaurant, has been serving exquisitely prepared Cantonese,Szechuan and continental Chinese delicacies for the past eight years.Tucked away onAustin Street inForest Hills, even their facade is a feast for the eyes: a rock garden and fishpond fills the front window.Inside, the dining room lives up to the name of the restaurant, complete with red tapestry-upholstered chairs and deep red carpeting. Paintings and garden lattices adorn the walls and plants hang from the ceiling.
Enjoy a cocktail from the fully stocked bar while you review the menu and try to decide on an appetizer. Even with so many great choices, allow me to recommend the seafood and corn soup. This thick and velvety chowder is brimming with tender baby shrimp, scallops, crab and sweet kernels of corn. A generous bowl serves two for just $4.95. The pan-fried or steamed dumplings are not to be missed, especially when dipped into the wonderful sauce that accompanies them.Queens Palace has also earned a reputation for their wonderfully tender and lean spare ribs.A small order is only $5.95 and there’s plenty for two to share.I also recommend the scallion pancakes, which are crisp and flavorful.
Besides the great food, the staff is another reason to come back again and again.David, the very cheerful owner, remembers all his customers’ names and their favorite dishes.The staff, led by the equally pleasant Mr.Ko, is always on hand to answer questions or suggest a special dish such as the tender sliced lamb, sauteed with snow peas, mushrooms and a savory sauce, served in a foil wrapped basked ($9.95). Sizzling sirloin steak is mixed with fresh vegetables and the chef’s special sauce. If you like it hot, and some do, try the shredded beef Szechuan style that will make your lips tingle with delight.
One of my favorite entrees is the golden crispy shrimp, finished with a delicious Grand Marnier sauce, served on a bed of sliced oranges and topped with toasted walnuts.The combination of the tender shrimp and the orange flavor is a wonderful marriage that you should try.You’ll also love the tender beef with fresh asparagus ($8.95) or a classic favorite, General Tsao’s chicken in its signature tangy sauce.
It’s important to note that Queens Palace does not add MSG, cornstarch or added sugar to prepare these wonderful dishes. Using only the freshest ingredients lets all the natural flavor of the food come through.
You might want to try one of their special rice dishes like the Shanghai style fried rice. Still white in color, this flavorful rice is made with diced pork, baby shrimp, cabbage, snow peas and egg for a unique flavor and texture.Noodle dishes such as vegetable lo mein or chow fun will please everyone, including vegetarians.For a special treat, share the Peking duck, marinated and slow cooked to give it its wonderful flavor.
Queens Palace does a very brisk take-out business, especially during the week.On the weekends, the dining room is usually packed but the service is fast and efficient.Queens Palace is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Parking at a nearby indoor garage is free with the purchase of $20 or more. With such generous portions, it’s nearly impossible to leave without a little something for tomorrow.
You’ll always feel welcome at Queens Palace, where the food is always fresh, never greasy or salty.David and the staff will always greet you with a smile and a handshake.Phone in your take-out order for quick home or office delivery.Plan your next business luncheon or dinner at Queens Palace.