Sesame Grill (308 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia) sucks.
I suppose I should explain why.
While the service is good, the food is tragic, and the ambiance is an odd amalgamation of different styles that don't work together, down to the ugly mismatched plates.
Even the cuisine doesn't know what style it is. Is it Asian? Is it American? Is it "fusion"? The answer is "no" to all of these questions.
The food was so bad that I'm not upset I only had my little pink point-and-shoot.
Mr. Monkey tried a peach "smoothie." Yeah, it separated in the glass. Sad. His father ordered a Thai iced tea, which he decided he didn't want upon its arrival, so Mr. Monkey drank that, too. Meh.
Mr. Monkey's brother had some escargot, which was surprisingly decent.
But then it all went downhill. Like into a deep pit. Really deep.
Prix fixe lunches cost $8.99, $9.99, or $11.95 and include your choice of "first course" and entree. The "first courses" are pathetic little items that taste like they emerged from the freezer.
The chicken dumplings were horrid. The filling was mush. The skin was cold. The sauce tasted like the death of a tough old orange.
The fried mozzarella was better, but it was clearly born at Costco.
Like the chicken dumplings, the shrimp ravioli were filled with indiscernible mush.
The grilled tiger shrimp were passable...for a place like Denny's.
Mr. Monkey's brother gave me a bite of his New York steak. Sizzler quality.
I don't know how this place stays open. I will give the restaurant credit for warm and friendly service, but the food is truly an affront to anyone with functioning taste buds. Maybe it's the low prices. Oh, stupid cheap people. You can do better than this.
The saving grace of the meal wasn't food-related at all.
At least I had a good laugh over Little Monkey Niece's delight over this owl.