Chez Quan's - Eau Gallie - 3.5 Stars
"The impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, Don't give too much for the whistle; and I saved my money." - Franklin
There is nothing as daunting as high expectations. Not my own, but rather of other people's expectations of me. For months I have been flooded with requests to go to Chez Quan's. It is a really cool hipster joint with modern paintings and trippy decor. The owner sits confidently eyeing the crowd. I have quite literally pondered the popularity of this restaurant for two months. My conclusion is that if it were in a metropolitan area where diverse, high quality food is plentiful, this restaurant would not still be open.
However, in Brevard County, this is probably the most original menu in all 72 miles of the Space Coast.
I actually had to dine here twice because initially, the food was not good.
The first time, I ordered the Pad Thai with beef. Unfortunately, the meat was gamey and it threw off the entire dish to the point I could not eat it. I also ordered the Fly Fish Sandwich, which was a basic frozen fish filet on a raw bun dressed up with a cilantro aioli. Not bad, but not outstanding either. The owner was totally cool and suggested I try a different meat in the Pad Thai. I declined then but decided to wait two weeks and go back.
On my return I ordered the Pad See Ew. This dish was much more pleasant than the last time I was here. The noodles were cooked expertly and the flavors were moderately vibrant. The vegetables were fresh and the meal was adequate. This restaurant deserves to succeed because they have tried so hard to be successful.
If you are looking for something outside the traditional box the Big Boy says give 'em a try. They're worth visiting if you're in the area, but I just would not take a special trip to drive across town to eat here.