|Visited On:||August 2, 2013|
|Gluten Free Menu:||Yes|
|Variety of Gluten-Free Options:|
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|Price Range:||$10-$15 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
Last year, the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association held a dinner club outing at Fan’s Chinese Restaurant in Dartmouth. I was fascinated, since it’s hard to find gluten-free Chinese food. Earlier this month, I finally had a chance to see what Fan’s had to offer.
We went to Fan’s on a Friday night with family members who were visiting from out of town. I asked for the gluten-free menu, which is several pages long and includes a good portion of their regular dishes. We decided to order several dishes from the gluten-free menu so that we could all share. Our selections were:
- Chicken fried rice ($8.50)
- Mixed vegetables with garlic sauce ($9.95)
- Sweet and sour chicken with pineapple ($12.95)
- Ginger fried beef ($11.95)
- General Tso’s chicken ($12.95)
My gluten-consuming friends also ordered spring rolls as an appetizer, and we ordered some drinks. The rolls were out almost immediately and were devoured just as quickly. Luckily, our food wasn’t far behind. When everything was dropped off, they confirmed that all the dishes were made gluten-free, which was very reassuring. We also had an opportunity to ask about the plum sauce on the table (made in-house and gluten-free) and the soy sauce (not gluten-free).
The chicken fried rice was really good, although soy sauce had clearly been omitted from the dish to make it gluten-free. The vegetables were nicely cooked and still crispy, with just enough sauce to give them flavour. I had never tried General Tso chicken or ginger beef (both can be spicy) but I really enjoyed both dishes. The General Tso chicken was lightly breaded in a tempura-style batter, served in a slightly spicy sauce. Hot peppers also sat in the sauce for the brave diners who wanted an extra kick! The ginger beef was breaded in the same batter. Although it was more small pieces than shredded, it was very tender and the sauce was sweet rather than spicy. Last but not least, the sweet and sour chicken was my favorite. Small pieces were lightly battered and covered in a sweet and sour sauce, with pieces of pineapple and vegetables. Everyone agreed that this was much better than the chicken balls that you typically get in a restaurant, with a thick American-style batter.
It is always such a treat to be able to share food with friends, and having Chinese food for the first time in almost four years made it that much better. In fact, the portions were so big that even though the four of us chowed down, there was enough left over for both Michael and I for supper the next night.
All of this food and happiness cost about $75 for the four of us, plus a tip. Fan’s also delivers to most of Halifax, Dartmouth, and surrounding areas. I’m looking forward to more of Fan’s fantastic Chinese food!
Fan’s Chinese Restaurant
451 Windmill Road (Dartmouth)
Web Site: http://fansrestaurant.com