Saturday, January 24, 2009
Stopping over one weekend for lunch at Happy Garden in Novato, we found it's open but very quiet in the midst of a mini-tech office area. The waitress was very welcoming, and although the restaurant had a well-worn feel to it, I thought the feng shui must have been correct as it felt peaceful and like a nice place to linger.
Having a fish tank right next to the table with pretty fish swimming and water gurgling contributed to the happy tranquility.
We received a table treat from the chef, crab puffs. The filling was well blended with cream cheese and crab and the puff pastry made it a delicate crisp and melting sensation. I would order these next time.
I enjoyed the shrimp noodle soup. It was filled with fresh vegetables still a bit crisp, and meaty shrimp pieces. The noodles were a bit soft for my taste, but it was still good.
Dad wanted to try the chicken salad, and was overwhelmed by the volume! It was lightly dressed, crisp and good. I tried a little of the salad part and thought it was one of the best (if you like very crisp iceberg lettuce). Dad commented that the chicken pieces had a nice flavor like they had been marinated before cooking. Although we would not term this a 'destination' restaurant, we enjoyed our experience and would stop in for lunch if we were in the neighborhood.
Restaurant Inspection Results
Last inspected: 12/1/2008