I absolutely love China Bear. It is an inexpensive buffet that really is your money's worth. The exterior of the place is fascinating. There's beautiful koi fish everywhere. Who ever bred them did an absolute wonderful job because there are over hundreds and they're all beautiful. Now onto the gift shop... They sell little knick knacks from jewelry to beautiful wooden structures. Granted it's not the best quality gift shop, but what do you expect. They're always interested finds like little crystals, chinese robs, and nice paintings. And lastly they're bamboo plants and bonsai plants are one of the best quality ones I can find in all of Houston. They're inexpensive and yet nicely grown and groomed. Every time I go I'm urged to buy another one lol. This restaurant is huge and so if their buffet options. They have lots of foods, from sushi, stir fry, crawfish, and now oysters. I went the other day and they're oysters were literally the biggest oysters I have ever seen. The food I personally think is delicious. It's not fancy, creative, and gourmet, but it's good, homey food. They have delicious mac n' cheese, green beans, fish, and more. People just need to understand that this isn't meant to be a five star restaurant. it's meant to be a family styled buffet that offers a bang for your buck. For less than twenty dollars per person, everyone is full and happy. There's even ice cream and desserts. China Bear is worth it and delicious, and I will stand by it forever because not only are my children and husband happy, my wallet is. Now the only cons I would say is the service. Most are Asian and cannot speak English very well, but all they do is give you your drink and occasionally fill it up. The food is all self- served, so I personally don't think their service is anything to cry about.
L’Olivier means “the olive tree,” and you can see the visual pun on chef Olivier Ciesielski’s name cast in leafy, reddish shadows on the brick walls and gleamy zinc tabletops of his new French restaurant. In a home of his own, former Tony's executive chef Olivier Ciesielski's modern Franco-American bistro fits in perfectly with the rest of his eclectic mix of Lower Westheimer neighbors. The patio is casual and playful, the bar elegant and refined, the dining room sumptuous yet modern. The menu and the impressive wine list offer relatively inexpensive French standards like Boeuf Bourguignon with nontraditional offerings, such as a tropical ceviche in pineapple and yuzu juice. The menu offerings are frequently updated, prepared with fresh produce, and feature innovative items and seasonal creations, all with the signature taste and artful presentation of Chef Ciesielski.L'Olivier is a fantastic addition to Houston's restaurant scene. On a recent visit each course was well thought out and perfectly executed by Chef Olivier. Sommelier extraordinaire, James Watkins, was tableside to offer advice. Chef Olivier was kind enough to allow me into his very busy kitchen to speak with him. He revealed himself to be an extremely competent, hard-working, talented and humble man possessing an extraordinary skill for creating dishes that are at once both innovative and savory. On my next visit I’ll ask James to take a peak in the cellar with him to check out his organizational system and the restaurant's amazing collection of wines. In addition to numerous splurge bottlings, they have over 100 wines which are affordably priced at under $65 on their list.I look forward to trying out their lunch menu soon. I highly recommend this establishment for their ambiance, quality, good value and service.
Great food poor service. Have been going here for a few years. There is a young man who has worked for them for some time. When they allowed him to work the floor as waiting staff is when the problem begin. He can be rude and rough and he smirks when it is pointed out to him. The owners haven't really noticed due to the fact it is a small business and everyone stays busy. He also was what I call really pushy when it came to two different tables ordering, instead of letting the people order what they wanted he insisted they order his way, changing what they had wanted to order and I not saying in a good way, he made them feel they didn't know how to order right, he couldn't do that to my family or me, and his attitude really got down right huffy. So sad good food clean, and reasonable. if I decide to order there again it will always be carry out. At least as long as he is still working there. I do miss the woman who often use to wait on us, now she had people skills.
Kung Fu Tea has quickly become one of my favorite boba spots in Houston. Though their cup sizes are slightly smaller and at a higher price than other locations, I just enjoy the taste much more. You can actually taste the flavor of your tea (wow, shocker) in your milk tea. It isn't overpowered by cream or sugar syrup. Also, the boba has a nice subtle sweetness to them! My go-to drink is the golden oolong tea/milk tea, depending on my mood.As for service, I've personally never had any problems with the employees here. They have always treated me nicely.