The parking lot was packed when I arrived. Having taken separate cars, I found myself parking in the behind the building, in a dark, dark parking lot in the pouring rain. It could definitely use some lights, would have eased some of the discomfort of walking through a pitch-black parking lot in the pouring rain with cars flying through the drive-thru. Yes, John's has a drive-thru. After cutting through the line of cars, holding my breath, hoping not to get hit, I made it to the front door. The interior was a little run down and the waitress was not very friendly but in for a dime, in for a dozen. I was seated and waited for my husband to join me.
While I waited, a different waitress eventually asked if I wanted tea. I said yes and that we wanted to start with the combination appetizer platter (egg rolls, BBQ pork, crab puffs and fried shrimp). I knew the husband was starving and I figured it would get to our table about the same time he did. When the husband arrived, the appetizer still hadn't and the original waitress who sat me came to take our order. I got combination plate 7 (Kung Pao Chicken, Pork Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken) and the husband got combination plate 8 (Broccoli Beef, Pork Fried Rice and Fried Shrimp). When our hot and sour soups (which were not spicy nor sour) arrived, the waitress said as she walked away that the other waitress forgot to put our appetizer order in and it would be a while. Had she not been walking away when she told us, we would have canceled the order, given that an appetizer usually comes before the meal.
When our food arrived, it looked beautiful. Alas, looks can be deceiving. I found my food lacking any seasoning, actually having to add salt to Chinese food for the first time in my entire life. The appetizers were over fried and the BBQ pork dry. The husband said his was alright, but it lacked any real seasoning. Given the mountains of food on my plate, I took over half of it home knowing although I would not eat it, the husband probably would. Which he did, which was my way of thanking him for walking me back to my car through the dark, rainy, hectic parking lot when we were done.
Overall, I was disappointed by John's. The atmosphere was run down, the service wasn't great and the food was lacking in flavor. Plus, I still have a craving for Chinese food. Guess I better get to Marco Polo.
John Cuisine - Chinese Restaurant
4842 River Road N
Keizer, OR 97303
Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.