Paul: You picked Merlion Noodle and Rice.
Candice: Hmmmm. I think you manipulate my list of choices so we go where you want to go.
Paul: Never! Merlion Noodle and Rice is in Worthington on High Street, a short drive from Downtown Columbus.
Candice: It's quaint. The Price is Right is playing in the background. There's a refrigerator with a collection of sodas. Oooo, Grape Crush.
Paul: I've seen our server before.
Candice: Where have you seen her?
Paul: She's from Saigon Palace which used to be my favorite Vietnamese restaurant downtown before it closed down.
Candice: They had excellent Lemongrass chicken.
Paul: But the old place had a funky smell. I heard they closed down and moved north. I didn't realize they changed names and cuisines.
Candice: The place smells faintly of antiseptic. The specialities are now Malaysian and Singaporean food. Are these the same people, I wonder?
Paul: We ask and find out they are the same people. A number of these menu items look like standard Americaized Chinese food: General Tso's, Sesame Chicken, but there does seem to be some interesting items.
Candice: Some of those things are served on weekends only. The Nasi Lemak is available on Tuesdays and Wednesday during dinner hours only.
Paul: Too bad. But they have potstickers.
Candice: And we remain on a quest to find the best dumplings ever. Let's get some.
Paul: We order dumplings. I choose the Singapore Mee Goreng.
Candice: I order the Claypot Noodle Soup.
Candice: Indeed. I ask, and we find that these are homemade dumplings. Oh, the cabbage is very tasty.
Paul: The sauce is good, but they seem a little overcooked. I can taste the burnt oil.
Candice: I like that smokey taste from the grill.
Paul: The entrees arrive. My Mee Goreng is a spicy noodle dish with peppers and onion.
Paul: I ordered it mild, and the fire lingers on my tongue. Nice flavor.
Candice: Mine arrives in a Hello Kitty bowl.
Paul: Careful, it's hot.
Candice: The noodles are whole wheat ramen. I don't like the taste.
Paul: You're right. It's an odd taste.
Claypot Noodle Soup
Paul: Those are weird dumplings.
Candice: Yours is tasty. I think you won this round.
Paul: I think so. I am reminded of the lovely food at Basil. So what do you think?
Candice: There was no wait and the drive was not bad from downtown. It was worth the wait.
Paul: Agreed. And the price for both our entrees was under $8. So worth the price for me.
Candice: Not so for me. I didn't enjoy much about the soup except for the broth.
Paul: We're split on that. Is it worth coming back?
Candice: The menu is limited. I didn't see anything else on the lunch menu that I'd like to eat.
Paul: Exactly. There are some dinner items that might be good, but otherwise, we've exhausted the menu after one lunch.
Candice: It's just not worth coming back.
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