Wa Wa Restaurant, 406 E. First St., Suite A, 590-3485.
• Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Location: Wa Wa is located in the East Village Arts District. There is street parking and public lots nearby.
• Staff/Service: Wa Wa is family owned and operated; as such the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the service is quick.
• Food/Drinks: Appetizers include Egg Rolls, Sweet and Spicy Wings, Boiled Eggs, BBQ Pork on a Stick, Filipino Sausage, Egg Foo Yong, Fried Chicken and Chicken Bowl. Soups include Chicken, Wonton, Egg Flower, Hot and Sour, Wor Wonton, Combination Noodle Soup and Chicken Tong Yum.
Entrées include Mongolian Beef, Pepper Steak, Beef and Broccoli, Hot Garlic Chicken, Curry Chicken, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Sautéed Shrimp and Orange Chicken. Combination specials include Orange Chicken, Beef and Green Beans, Kung Pao Chicken, Pepper Steak, Curry Chicken, Shanghai Pork, Tangy Sour Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken.
Fried Rice includes Shrimp, Chicken, Pork, Vegetable and Combination. Chow Mein includes Chicken, Beef and Shrimp, and Combination.
• Atmosphere: Small dining room for quick meals for small groups.
• The Taste: We stopped at the end of the week for dinner. We decided on a two-item combination for each. I opted for an old standby and something different: Orange Chicken and Filipino Sausage. Jennifer opted for Beef and Broccoli and Spicy Vegetable Chicken. We both chose Chicken Fried Rice to accompany.
The Orange Chicken was sweet and tangy, the sweetness tasting of honey. The chicken chunks were plump and tender with a crunchy coat that held the sweet glaze very well.
The Filipino Sausages were dark red, very close to burgundy in color. They tasted like Chinese BBQ pork that had been ground and placed into a sausage casing. They were meaty, tender and certainly quite different from the norm.
Jennifer loves Beef and Broccoli and Wa Wa’s was no exception. The broccoli florets were colorful and stir-fried a perfect al dente if you will. The beef slices were tender and the sauce had a little kick.
The Spicy Chicken was Jennifer’s second choice. It had quite a good kick. It came with piles of caramelized onions and sliced carrots. The chicken was also nicely cooked to a juicy tenderness.
The Fried Rice is classic, both in presentation and flavor. Pea and diced carrots add color to the dark rice.
All together, Wa Wa provides a nice classic taste of American-Chinese cuisine. Jennifer’s comment was that Wa Wa was fresh and quick. I might add very good value as well and eat in but mostly take out.
• Price: Lunch and Dinner for two is $12 to $18.