As recently as two years ago, this two-story mall, slightly west of Decatur on Spring Mountain Road (right across the street from Raku), was ELV’s go-to spot for a panoply of pulchritudinous pan-Asian eats. Now:
Noodle Palace – gone
Penang Malaysian – gone
Ay-Chung Cafe – gone
Provence Korean Bakery – gone
Shuseki – looking seedier every day.
Each one was one of the best restaurants of its type in town. Noodle Palace’s pot stickers and won ton soup were legendary. Penang’s bright, friendly interior, and colorful menu was a joy to peruse (and to learn from), and Slapsie Maxie swore by the authenticity of Ay-Chung’s Taiwanese treats.
Just as disturbing: The entire center, once the nicest in Chinatown (which, as you know, is neither Chinese, nor a town), has become graffiti-filled and gross.
ELV smells a foreclosure…or bankruptcy…but that hardly matters. Whatever stupidity, greed or financial machinations led to this demise and degradation is not our concern. Like Charlie Chan said: “Business conversation at table very bad for digestion.” (Shadows Over Chinatown – 1946), so we won’t belabor the point.
All we know is, in less than ten years, the best looking, best designed, most interesting restaurant center on Spring Mountain Road has hit the skids. Sad but true.