Restaurant Review Roulette: David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar

I know this restaurant!  Hurray, hurrah, hurrooh!  Greg Cox is reviewing David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar, the new outpost of iconic Raleigh chef David Mao.  I actually took my family to eat there several weeks ago and liked it.  The dumplings are top-notch, the noodles are good (but not great).  The other Asian-American fare is as good as it needs to be.  It’s certainly not great, but it’s very dependable.

As I look into my crystal ball, I see a favorable review for David’s D&NB.  But my vision is cloudy.  Service isn’t as great as it should be.  Some  of the dishes aren’t just good enough.  A number is appearing.  Is it a 4?  Yes, it’s a 4.  But wait, I also see a 3.  What does this all mean?  Ahhh, I get it.  This is a 3.5 star review.  That’s your lucky number.

Here are this week’s odds:

5 stars — 30 to 1

4.5 stars – 7 to 1

4 stars —  2 to 1

3.5 stars — 7 to 6

3 stars — 2 to 1

2.5 stars —  5 to 1

2 stars — 11 to 1

1.5 stars — 19 to 1

1 star — 50 to 1

What did you think of DD&NB?  How many stars will it get?  And did the big photos of David Mao freak you out as much as they did for me???


Edit, October 22, 2010 — Looks like its a 3-star review for DD&NB.  I couldn’t really tell why it got this rating and where points may have been deducted.  Funny how this review game is.


4 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar

  1. Mary_Eats says:

    I think 3.5 stars is a good guess and I agree with your assessment – the food I’ve had there was good but not stellar. And yes, those large photos of the chef were a little unnerving – I was looking for them since I read your post before dining there!

  2. Christine says:

    Totally agree…good food, service is not very good!

  3. Ben says:

    I’d go with 3.5 as well. I enjoyed the pad thai, but I didn’t love the dumplings or the chicken sate. I had no problems with the service, and the space is very nice.

  4. Chris says:

    I always enjoy reading Greg’s reviews, but I agree that the correspondence between the actual review and the star rating can be perplexing. He mentioned a “fishy” sea bass and the casual setting, and the service is listed as “variable”, but for that he knocks it down to three stars, which is really on the lower end of his typical ratings? Bizarre.

    Regardless, I remain anxious to check this restaurant out for myself.

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