Last night, some gal pals and I hopped, skipped, and jumped on over to Mooncake Foods for a little BYOB, Asian-influenced dinner. And while dinner was served within 60 seconds after placing our orders (for real, y'all) no complaints were heard 'round our table. Grilled steak with a cilantro and ginger sauce for me (steak was literally fork tender), and two orders of lemongrass shrimp and roasted veggies with a Korean chili sauce for the three others. And just to reiterate how great the price point is at this restaurant, everyone's dish was $8.80 and the portions are more than generous. The corkage fee is $7.50 a bottle; a small price to pay when their by the glass is $7.50 a pop anyways. But cost aside, their food is solid. I mean, really solid, really satisfying, and really pretty interesting. The Asian flavors are there but not in a boring, predictable sense. All of the "plates" were served with brown rice and a salad with carrot ginger dressing, allowing you to get a little bit of everything on your fork to create that...yep...perfect bite.
I had never been inside the restaurant, only ordered to-go, but it was pretty charming in a no-frills kind of way. Think upscale diner with dim lights and an exposed kitchen. Seating is tight but it's part of the restaurant's schtick. And guess what? I dig the restaurant's schtick.
Mooncake, my friends, has officially become my go-to dinner with friends joint. Cheap, cheerful, and gosh darn good food.