Forbidden City Bistro and Art Gallery
335 Main Street
By MARYELLEN FILLO
Courant Staff Writer
December 29, 2005
Classic Chinese dining and its culture is what is being served at
Eric Leong's newest dining venture, Forbidden City Bistro and Art Gallery in Middletown.
Leong, best know for his flagship restaurant, the popular Char Koon
in Glastonbury, has taken Chinese cooking, its history and the country's art to heart.
Leong offers customers elegant, healthful, unusual Chinese cuisine, complemented by art displays by upcoming Chinese artists, and a well-informed waitstaff that provide the historical background on the exotic dishes being served.
"It's a totally new concept in Connecticut," said the enthusiast Leong, bemoaning the fact
that Chinese food gets a bad rap because of the preservatives and "fast food" approach too any such restaurants use in preparation and presentation. "We want to show people that a Chinese restaurant can be elegant and modern and that the cooking can be healthy, fancy and sophisticated."
Leong has set the mood for a tasty lunch or dinner thanks to sophisticated
d?r and the first of the art exhibitions, an array of watercolors that are placed
throughout the dining area. An equally welcoming bar area offers a place to unwind.
In a meticulous kitchen, orders for anything-but-your-standard Chinese offerings including
Tinejing Cold Noodles Salad, Chilled Chinese Eggplant, Tsingtao Seafood Soup, Five-Spice Duck Wrap,
Hainanese Chicken, and Silk Route Lamb Shank, are prepared with care befitting such specialties.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
and Sundays from noon to 9:30 p.m.