My wife (Sandy), daughters (Mags 17 & Mo 9), and I ate dinner at Nine Dragons on 3/21/2009. This was our first visit. We used Tables in Wonderland.
My wife and I had the Dragon Pearl cocktails, and my wife also had the Shanghai Fusion. The Dragon Pearls were excellent.
Appetizers were Egg Rolls (me), Pot Stickers (Sandy and Mo), and Summer Rolls (Mags). All were quite good, although the Summer Rolls weren’t my cup of tea.
Dinners were Nine Dragon Fried Rice (Mo), Kung Pao Chicken (Sandy), Honey Chicken (me), and the Vegetarian Stir Fry (Mags). In general, we all liked our entrees but were mixed about the rest. Personally, I thought Sandy’s Kung Pao Chicken was excellent and it was actually spicy - something you don’t normally see at WDW. I thought the Fried Rice was merely okay, but everyone else thought it was great.
For dessert, a Banana Cheesecake Eggroll was shared by everyone. It was basically a deepfried cheesecake. Slight thumbs up.
Our server was Min. She was nice and service was fast. I will quibble, though, that we were not told about the specials and we didn’t have condiments (soy sauce and another item) on our table… both we figured out from neighboring tables while we were eating.
The lobby is very cool with some jade colored dragon art. The dining room, though, is much less impressive. We were sitting in a large dining area with literally 6 inches between our table and the diners sitting next to us. It was incredibly loud for a restaurant that didn’t have any entertainment.
Overall Ratings (1-5 scale) and Conclusion
Me: 3 :mickey:
Sandy: 3 :mickey:
Mags: 3 :mickey:
Mo: 4 :mickey:
Mo particularly liked the Pot Stickers and her fried rice entree.
I think the comparisons to Nine Dragons and your “Chinese place down the street” is fair, but for us we thought the food was prepared at a higher level and the atmosphere was a little better. That said, it’s probably not going to be on our radar for future trips. I think there is better food, service, and atmosphere to be had at WDW and Epcot in particular.