In all fairness, ‘Happy Wait’ seems to be an approximate translation of the restaurant’s Chinese name, Deng De Xi, but it doesn’t change the fact it’s a bizarre moniker (who the hell is going to be happy about waiting at an F&B venue?).
Much like the interior design, the menu here is all over the place, and features everything from hot pot to sizzling, spicy pepper-strewn meat dishes. We order the mala zhe ji (RMB88), a dish of chicken bits, peppercorns, spicy peppers, garlic and onions. When it arrives at our table, our server pours a clear oil over the edibles and sets them alight. It’s a hell of a show, and the tender – albeit zesty – morsels of chicken are cooked to perfection in the process.
This eatery also serves two different styles of shrimp rolls, one made with a punchy garlic sauce and the other with a Sichuan-style mala sauce.
December 6, 2019