August Moon, Harvey, LA Report #39

I’ve been coming to this place for decades.  I started going to the original uptown New Orleans location in the 1980’s, then started coming to this location after I moved to the Westbank of New Orleans 20 years ago.  Besides Chinese they also offer a Vietnamese menu, although I’ve never tried their Vietnamese food.
I like playing with fire.  It’s either the kid in me or I’m a pyromaniac.  I had never tried the Beef Teriyaki but when I saw you grill it at the table I liked that idea so I ordered it!  I also like teriyaki sauce and the menu said it came with it.  It came out without teriyaki sauce.  I asked the waitress where the sauce was?  She said it doesn’t come with it.  I still had the menu in my hand since we had only ordered appetizers so I pointed to it on the menu and read it to her.  “WITH HOUSE TERIYAKI SAUCE”.  She said “no”.  Told us it is marinated in teriyaki sauce.  I told her, “Ok then.  Take it back.  We don’t want it”.  She looked shocked.  Like no one had dared question her authority as a waitress before!  She said she’d go talk to the manager.  I said,  “Good.  Send him out to the table so I can talk to him too”.  She came back and repeated, “Nope.  It doesn’t come with teriyaki sauce”.  And I reiterated “Take it with you then, I DO NOT WANT IT”.  This time she took it away.  About 5 minutes later she returned with it AND teriyaki sauce, telling us she was sorry she had been misinformed.  Dumbass.  Either way I’ll never order it again.  It wasn’t very good.  The meat was very rare, which I’m fine with, but if you’re not the fire didn’t last long enough to grill them all.  The sauce was nothing special either.
They bring out little fried won tons and sweet sauce to dip them in.  I always get the hot mustard too to combine with the sweet sauce.  Nothing wrong with fried dough dipped in something sweet.  The won ton soup is good and if you want you can get a salad instead of rice with you entrée.  They didn’t ask what kind of dressing we’d like, but automatically brought out a ranch, which was good.
I like the little red pot they bring the steamed rice out in.  Keeps it hot and you’re in no danger to run out of rice.  The General Tso chicken is pretty good.  Light batter and tasty.  They make a dish called Orange Shrimp which comes with a dozen fried shrimp in a delicious, not too sweet, orange sauce.  12 shrimp doesn’t sound like a lot but they’re big, so it’ll fill you up. The combination fried rice is pretty good.  Not really “fried” as much as I’d like it, but plenty of shrimp, pork and chicken in it.

There’s really nothing exceptional about this place.  The food is good but about what you’d expect from your average Chinese restaurant.  If you’re in the area and have a hankering for Chinese, it’ll fill the bill.  I’d much rather cross the river and hit Hoshun or PF Chang’s though.  August Moon can’t compete with them.

875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA  70058  Ph: 504-302-7977

Blaine 9-24-2017


It was getting late and one of my favorite Chinese places, Hong Minh, was about to close. It hit me we hadn’t been to another favorite of mine, Empress of China, since before the pandemic started. I tried to go back once after but they were only open for takeout, wouldn’t answer the phone, and the line was out the door when I passed by. I called to see if they were open for dine in and they still aren’t.

So we decided to come here to scratch our Chinese food itch. Turned out to be a pretty good decision! We had:

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THE FOOD $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I’m actually old enough to remember when Crab Rangoon came on the dining scene in New Orleans. It actually had REAL crab in it! Then they switched to fake crab. Now, they’re all basically cream cheese filled won tons. I wish they’d jut drop the crab pretext. But they were good. So were the eggrolls.

We had shrimp fried rice. Generous portion of shrimp in it. I was also glad to see they use Louisiana shrimp, and not some imported nonsense.

The Mandarin Chicken was delicious! That had became one of my favorite dishes at Empress of China, but I think they may have done it here better. I’d definitely order it again.

Pretty good dinner.

875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA  70058  Ph: 504-302-7977

Blaine 2-21-2021


Tonights menu consisted of:

&&& THE FOOD &&&

The Crispy Saigon Rolls didn’t live up to their name. Not at all crispy. They were actually chewy. But with a pretty good seafood flavor. I wouldn’t order them again.

I got a bowl of egg drop soup with my entrée. Very good. It tasted like it was made with a really richly flavored chicken broth.

I’ve had the Mandarin Chicken here before and it was great. Something went horribly wrong tonight! The menu said it was made with leg quarters. Perfect. I like dark meat. When the dish came out I took a piece and couldn’t cut it with my fork. I looked closer and saw it was chicken breast. For the hell of it I tried to cut it with my knife. THAT was hard! It wasn’t just way overcooked and dried out, but kind of rubberized!

Needless to say we sent it back. Our waiter said they normally serve, and people normally ask for white meat. I had to point out the menu specifies dark meat! He apologized profusely.

They sent out another one and this time it was perfect.

Overall a pretty good dinner tonight.

875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA  70058  Ph: 504-302-7977

Blaine 11-14-2021


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