We enjoy visiting the May China Cafe, located at 525 E. Oates Road in Garland, because it’s just down the street from our house. In fact, we could walk there if we wanted to. We pass by it all the time, and my youngest often clamors to go there.
One of the nicest things about May China Cafe is that there is an aquarium in the middle of the restaurant. We make a special point to sit beside them whenever we visit the Cafe, since my son feels that they are “his fish.” The aquarium is filled with Japanese Koi, catfish, and other interesting and colorful specimens. When we visit the restaurant, we feel that we’re visiting them as well. The staff is always flexible about letting us have a seat near the aquarium, as long as the booths there are not taken by other patrons.
As vegetarians, we have trouble sometimes ordering out. However, it’s usually easier at Chinese restaurants, since they serve bean curd and tofu. The first time we visited May China Cafe, they didn’t seem to have very many vegetarian selections on the menu. We decided to order Egg Foo Young with Vegetable. What we ended up with was a gigantic fried ball of breading, saturated with grease, with some vegetables in the middle. Although it tasted good in some ways, it was far too greasy and not really what we’d been hoping for.
The next time we dropped by this restaurant was when my youngest was screaming to go to the restaurant. I decided to relent and have a late lunch at May China Cafe. To my pleasant surprise, some bean curd and tofu recipes on the menu. I allowed my sons to break their vegetarianism, and have some shrimp, which I sometimes do. They both selected Sweet & Sour Shrimp, which was hot and tasty.
We just recently visited them again, for lunch this time. We all had Egg Flower Soup and Vegetable Egg Rolls, both of which were very reasonably priced. The Egg Flower Soup was very tasty, not too salty or thin. It was just right. The Vegetable Egg Rolls were so hot we could hardly eat them. We had them with some sweet and sour sauce which was on the table in a ketchup bottle. The insides of the Vegetable Egg Rolls were rather bland, and seemed to be made primarily from lettuce or cabbage. Other than that, they were very nice. The sweet and sour sauce wasn’t quite as sweet what I was used to.
There were plenty of vegetarian selections available, including Bean Curd Szechuan Style and Ma Po To-Fu. Since those were hot and spicy, though, I ordered the Vegetables with Bean Curd. Our order finally came with fried rice on the side. Although it’s nice to have fried rice every now and then, I prefer it when the restaurant asks if I’d prefer steamed instead. However, the entree was excellent. It was served fresh and piping hot. There was plenty of tofu, vegetables, brown sauce and rice to go around. The vegetables were bok choy, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli and baby corn. When we had had our fill, I asked for a box and placed the remainder of the rice, bean curd and vegetables in it for my husband’s lunch tomorrow. What we couldn’t eat filled the whole, mid-sized styrofoam box.
The service was friendly and prompt. I noted that the restaurant had a very good selection on the menu, which included a wide range of appetizers, children’s plates, seafood, egg foo young, lo mein and fried rice.
On our way out, I grabbed a take-out menu for future reference. The restaurant does a lot of delivery orders, and gives discounts for large delivery orders. There are also lunch specials and dinner specials available. This is a very good, well run, restaurant. If you live in Garland, this is a great place to grab lunch or dinner without having to travel out of the city.