I had a fine dining experience last night at Ben Pao.
Had never been there before. The decor is lovely: black, red & white. The lights are dimmed-quite romantically. (I strongly suggest the booth seats for intimates.)
We had a marvelous waiter who served us well. For appetizers, my friend had crab cakes, eventhough he was disappointed that they weren't as big as our waiter had described; still, he enjoyed them.
I had what was described in the menu as 'Old World Egg Rolls.' This consisted of 4 quite ample chicken and vegetable wraps. (sans pork) Really good. In addition, the ends were left open, (unsealed), showing the colorful melange of ingredients.
Also, I sipped a 'Sake Sangria.' A tall, slender glass of riesling, lychee, oranges and apples. It wasn't as sweet as it sounds which was fine with me. I liked it; however, I enjoyed my companion's Mai Tai more.
We had 'Honey Walnut Shrimp with Brown Rice' for an entree. I thought the rice was slightly undercooked, but it was good nevertheless.
For dessert we ordered banana cheesecake, (with a crunchy crust), a sensual delight in looks and taste. But next time I think I'll try the Mango Creme Brulee.