It’s hard not to love a Chinese restaurant whose website reads “Masters of Kung Food.” But despite the step-up polish of the simple dining room and the early crowds at this new Ardmore spot, Auspicious is turning out the usual in Ameri-nese foods — large, sweet, inexpensive portions of sesame/General Tso’s/teriyaki chicken, small bowls of well-cooked rice, and none-too-telling fortune cookies. (A recent prediction: “Today is a good day.”)
recently my mailbox has been bombarded with their coupons so i decided to go there for a quick dinner. i ordered a pot of green tea(which i shouldn't have if i knew they were charging), I ordered a shrimp spring roll and a pad thai, they were mediocre and i didn't see any shrimp in my spring roll, it tasted more like vegetable spring roll but the server insisted it was a shrimp spring roll. the overall service was okay given there weren't many customers at that time.And yet the owner had to come 3-4 times to make sure everything was okay but i think it's a bit too much and i started to get annoyed. will not come back coz there are a lot more better chinese around the corner! Posted by monique: Dec. December 17th, 2008 at 7:02 PM
The decor in the restaurant is modern and surprising pleasant and the owner used to be the manager in Margaret Kuos for years. He included Paella and calamari so i would say it's more like a fusion restaurant. everything felt right until we started to order our food. Our server seemed to be confused and we had couple different servers coming over to take our orders. we finally ordered the crab fried rice(which i don't see trace of crabmeat) and wok-tossed shrimp (with peppers when i asked for no peppers), rice did not come with our food and when i asked for more rice, the owner had to come over to my table and told me they were out of rice. My kids were disappointed and my dish came out half an hour later than the other entrees. During the whole dining process our water never got refilled, I ordered a chai tiramisu and it took him another 20 mintues to tell me they were out. My kids ended up just having their fortune cookies and we called it a night.
i guess my expectations were too high when my friend told me to expect "margaret kuo's food with auspicious price". After all, my overall dining experience was not so "auspicious" and would suggest sang kee bistro down the block if you want real chinese food with better quality and service or even Margaret Kuo's! (price is a higher but hey, it's called fine dining) Posted by becky: Dec. December 14th, 2008 at 10:34 PM
I recently dined at the Auspicious restaurant with my husband and must say that I was impressed. The service was excellent - our food was out within about 20 minutes and our waitress was very courteous. The coconut shrimp and chicken lo mein were both delicious, as were the desserts. I would recommend Auspicious to anybody looking to get a taste of some great Chinese food in Ardmore. Posted by Mandy: Nov. November 10th, 2008 at 4:23 PM
I recently dined at Auspicious for lunch and while I enjoyed their health conscious take on Chinese food, I was overall disappointed. The portions were small but so small that I was starving in 15 minutes. They were also conveniently overpriced and didn't include soup with the meal. I was among the only table in the entire restaurant at the time however they felt in necessary to send us three different servers. It was a little much. I enjoyed the decor but was overall so disappointed that I refuse to return. Posted by B: Jan. January 28th, 2008 at 10:46 AM