Yay for the return of date night!
Maybe it was due to our late arrival (around 7:30) that made the window seat at Marco Polo possible. Whatever the reason, I was one happy diner. I love sitting by their big picture windows and looking out over the concrete water fall at Pringle Creek Park. The interior of Marco Polo is pleasing to the eyes, as well. They've created a slightly fancy, yet warm and inviting atmosphere with a nice balance of decorating details when they remodeled and then moved to this building a year ago.
N and I scanned the Chinese menu to see what entrees appealed to us at this particular hour of the evening. We narrowed it down to 3 items: barbecued pork, Almond Chicken with Shrimp and (for something sweet and spicy) Peking Pork. Our waitress returned in just minutes with our barbecued pork, appealingly plated and sprinkled with sesame seeds. N and I messed around with my older, little Canon, trying to capture a red, leafed, vine maple with raindrops hanging along the edges of the leaves with no luck. So our dinner was brought out just as we had begun to eat our barbecued pork appetizer.
Along with our entrees, our waitress thoughtfully brought out a little heat tray, in case our Peking Pork wasn't hot enough for us. The two dishes were beautiful; fresh chopped vegetables, tender chicken and shrimp, pork lightly breaded with a slight crunch as I bit into it and glistening, aromatic sauces. Sweet sauces aren't usually my first choice, but it's obvious that Marco Polo makes theirs from scratch. Which in my book, makes all the difference in the world. Oh and did I mention how much I love their brown rice? They do offer a choice, but I highly recommend giving the brown rice a try.
N and I ate, talked, enjoyed the atmosphere and then shared a smile after reading the fortunes from our cookies. If you don't have a date night tradition, you should give it a try. It's good for the belly AND the heart. :>)
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