By: Raven Gann
When you are cruising down Fruitvale Avenue you would just barely notice the small establishment that is a remarkably good Chinese fast food restaurant. Although China Gourmet is small, their food makes up for the size.
As you walk through the door you are greeted by a long steam table where all the food items are piping hot and visible to your choosing. However, you can place orders to the chef who will cook it to order for you. The tables are spaced apart so you were not terribly close to another customer and could enjoy a private conversation with someone.
The walls were decorated with paintings. On one of the counters sat a Maneki Neko, a cat that is waving. In Chinese culture it is thought that the Maneki Neko brings good luck.
Avoid the bland chicken fried rice and go straight to the warm chicken chow mein. The noodles are well flavored and not too greasy. I was also attracted to the mushroom chicken and barbeque chicken. The chicken was juicy and packed with flavor.
China Gourmet is very friendly to your wallet. A family meal that is supposed to feed about three people costs about seventeen dollars. It comes with two entrees, chow mein, fried rice and your choice of pot stickers or egg rolls. They fill the to-go containers to the brim with food, so it more likely to feed roughly 4-5 people. If you are not feeding a family, they have individual plates that start at only five dollars.
Overall China Gourmet is a cheap, fast, and easy way to get a nice, warm meal that fills you up. Although the restaurant is small it will be well worth it for your wallet and taste buds.
China Gourmet, 3407 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 530-3338