Rainbow Chinese is now closed
~Review by Chuck Bradley
We now have a second Dim Sum menu in Salem. Dim Sum is an option I love, especially when dining with at least two companions. These small plate offerings usually come with three samples each allowing each participant to try 9 or 10 items rather than just 2 or 3 if you’re dining solo.
This new eatery is located in the old Full House location on State Street just around the corner from restaurant row on High. The venue is deep and narrow with red vinyl booths on the sides and tables in the middle. It’s neat and clean.
The servers are friendly and extremely helpful in assisting with explanations of the curious sounding menu items. With their help, I chose Baked Char Chew Bow (Sweetly Glazed Buns stuffed with BBQ Pork), Shew My (A kind of Pork Sausage wrapped in membranously thin Dough and steamed) and Shrimp Ha Gow (Steamed Medium Shrimp tightly wrapped in a Rice Paper Dumpling). It was all high quality and good. I would say it rivals the Dim Sum delights we’ve had at Hong Kong House, previously the only Dim Sum place in town. Tea was also provided.
They also have the typical Combination and Family Style offerings we’re all accustomed to. But, don’t miss their House Special menu. There are some absolutely delectable sounding dishes on it; Ginger and Onion Oysters, Crispy Duck and Large Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts to name just three.
Although this location has been unforgiving on its two previous restaurants, I have a feeling these folk’s unique menu depth and food quality will give them a leg up on most of their Chinese restaurant competition.
I’m anxious to hear what my fellow eatsalemites try here and what they think.
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 10 AM - 3 PM
Dinner 3 PM - 9 PM
440 State ST
Salem, OR 97301