Last night I had a dining experience that was so grotesquely kafkaesque that I actually joined this site simply to let the public know about the menace that is Wu's Garden.
Wu's Garden on Maple St. in Vienna has been there for as long as I can remember, at least twenty years, I think it's actually much more than that. On Friday's they are open until 11pm and we got there around 9:45. The restaurant was completely empty, and with it's decor it had the atmosphere of a funeral home. The owner sat us down in the cavernously empty dining room and started moaning about the economy and complaining about the government's recent financial bailout. Our waiter then arrived and to be completwely honest, seemed to be mentally challenged, or possibly very inebriated. He immediatly mentioned how late in the evening it was and would repeat that at least once more as this surreal experience continued.
My friend ordered a Budweiser beer , I ordered an ice tea , and we both ordered egg rolls. The waiter tried to get my friend to order a more expensive type of beer and seemed visibly unimpressed with my ice tea order. We got our beverages and the waiter just stood there looking at us. I picked up the menu and he asked if I wanted to order, I think. He was very difficult to understand. My friend ordered chicken and brocolli and the waiter told him Triple Delight was much better. He was asked if it was the same price and was told it was a dollar more. The waiter at this point started bercoming intimidating. He pretty much told my friend that he was getting Triple Delight and that is that. He turned to me and I ordered Chung King Pork. At this point I was starting to feel very uncomfortable but I figured all would be well once the food arrived.
According to the menu, Chung King Pork comes with a variety of vegetables. He said though it only came with cabbage and mentioned that to me without my even asking. I said I didn't want pork and cabbage I wanted what was on the menu and he just said no it came with cabbage. I changed my order to Mooshu Pork and he told me that it was no good there and started asking me why I liked it. I told him what I wanted was Chung King Pork and he said "Yes, pork and cabbage". I said to my friend I couldn't deal with the waiter anymore and we should leave. I told the waiter over his demands that we stay that we would pay for the drinks and he said the egg rolls were already cooking. I asked him how much was owed with the egg rolls and he said $11.50. He then began yelling that he wanted a tip too. I told him he could have the egg rolls as his tip and he then ran into the kitchen. My friend gulped his beer down in one swig , I put $11.50 on the table and we literaly ran out of there. You can bet Aunt Fanny's big red barn that neither of us will ever go back again.
This place is an established restaurant with a local reputation which makes the experience more mind boggling. I had eaten there before and had had carryout. The food isn't great but it isn't bad either, little pricy though. It is far from good enough though to make this miserable experience, which cost $11.50, to be written off. Wu's Garden manages to defy physics by sucking and blowing all at once. People should just ignore it until it goes away.