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Posted by Sarah on 01/23/2012
My boyfriend and I were looking for a quick (less than 1 hour) place to grab dinner before heading back to work. I had tried the lunch special at Bistro Pacific at some point in the past and it didn't stand out in my memory; I assumed that my previous experience had been neither particularly good nor bad. But on my return visit for dinner, I was absolutely blown away by how terrible this restaurant is. It took 20 minutes for our waitress to take our order, and this was only after flagging her down to the table. My boyfriend ordered the salmon teriyaki bento and I ordered the tofu basil fried rice and 2 pieces each of salmon and super white tuna nigiri. The nigiri came out first and was blameless but totally unremarkable. It took another 30 minutes for our entrees to arrive, and I almost wish we had left after the nigiri. I don't often think "I could have made this" while eating at a restaurant, but at Bistro Pacific, I thought, "I could have made this much better." Note: I am no chef by any stretch of the imagination. The basil fried rice contained no basil. The rice was dry and flavorless; the green pepper and onions looked as if they'd been cut by a 4 year old in the kitchen, a unintentional mix of julienned, chopped, shredded, and otherwise mutilated vegetables. The salmon bento box was just as pitiful: the piece of teriyaki salmon was easily the smallest piece of salmon I've ever seen served at a restaurant - maybe half the size of a hockey puck. After eating the salmon puck drenched in a straight-out-of-the-bottle teriyaki sauce, my boyfriend dug hopelessly through the salmon's cabbage bedding in search of more fish. No luck.
Posted by anonymous on 01/18/2012
They run out of forks and we have to eat our meal with chopsticks. HE - LLO! Not everybody knows how to use them! The server was bad, didn't even feel sorry that we were not eating because we were waiting for the forks and knives we asked.
Posted by LMK on 02/16/2010
First, only my husband's food made it to the table after 30 minutes of waiting (fried rice should never take this long). The food was luke warm and had sticky rice stuck all over the outside of the plate. My food never came and since I had a lunch meeting, I had to cancel the order. In addition, the waitress ordered us the wrong soup. It wouldn't of been so bad, but when we asked the waitress for the manager (mainly b/c she never apologized for the poor service up to this point), she said the manager was too busy to talk to us. When I found the manager, the manager agreed she was too busy and I had to argue with her for quite a awhile b/f she even acted like she cared.
Posted by LPT Diners on 02/09/2010
I've been consistently impressed with the sushi, the prices, and the service from Bistro Pacific. The best part, there is NEVER a wait to be seated. My kids beg to go for Hot & Sour soup every single week. They think they own the place bc the folks at Bistro Pacific treat them like royalty. When I don't feel like cooking, and want something fairly healthy, it is our go to option. Highly convenient, quick, and we are treated like good friends coming over for dinner. I definitely recommend it.
Posted by Sarah on 12/11/2009
I work in the building as well, and eat there constantly - the lunch deal is ridiculous and a bargain, and never going outside in the winter is #1 on my agenda, so this works perfectly. Also, never taken advantage of this fact, but they have a full bar for dinners and what-have-you. The staff is also inordinately happy to see me every time I go, which makes sense since I've probably paid for their rent a few months running. Side note: am not fat as a result, so possibly this food is healthy - or at least I like to think so.
Posted by Miles on 05/05/2009
I agree with Dan. The sushi is way better than some of the fru fru places in town that are 3-4X more expensive.
Posted by Faraday on 04/19/2009
You may be suspicious of pan-Asian restaurants (serving Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Sushi). I avoided the sushi for a long time, thinking it was only to be bought from dedicated sushi restaurants. I found the typical Chinese dishes reliable but nothing special. After hearing good reviews of the sushi, I finally tried it and was blown away by how good it is. The maki is outstanding - fresh, as good as anything else I've had in Chicago. Also outstanding is the yaki soba! Don't be fooled by the no-frills decor. This place is a great value and has been consistently good! The Japanese food is better than the other cuisines - try it!