Rainbow Restaurant Eat Street Minneapolis

We went to Rainbow Restaurant the other night because Shellie wanted something plainish. Something soothing and familiar. Calming in a Chinese food way. Like chow mein from your local Chinese place. Or egg foo young. Something innocuous.

And on that criteria Rainbow did not deliver.

The space is really nice. I went in thinking Rainbow would be kind of dumpy. It is not. The room is spacious and sorta fancy (for Eat Street). The seats were also really rather plush. This is not what we expected.

We had a hard time deciding what to get. There was no egg foo young or chicken chow mein to be seen on this menu. Most of the dishes weren’t unheard of, but there just wasn’t the local Chinese joint favorites here.

We wound up ordering the bacon and egg fried rice and chicken lo mein. Shellie said we ordered the two lamest items on the menu. She also said she was looking forward to going back when she felt like spending more money.

When our food arrived I got a whiff of the lo mein and I knew right away something was up. Fish? Is this fishy? Yes, yes it was. The noodles were drenched in some sort of fish sauce. Oyster maybe? I don’t know. But for me they were inedible.

I’m not a fish guy. But I really didn’t expect that to be an issue when I ordered chicken lo mein. But it was.

The “bacon” and egg fried rice was not too shabby. There were a couple of sticking points though. It was rather flavorless. Even though it was a different take on fried rice, they still could’ve thrown in some onion. Also, the bacon wasn’t actual bacon. It was thin cut, fried pork. Not bad, but not bacon.

All in all Shellie thought it was a decent meal. For me. I’ll never go back. She says I’m being extreme, judging a place on one dish. But the dish was so far off of the norm, and in a bad way. I’m sure there are dishes at Rainbow I would enjoy, but I don’t have the time or money to spend trying every dish at every restaurant in town. When one is so far off I just need to move on.

I hate giving bad reviews to places, but I just can’t do anything else. Since I plan to go to every restaurant on Eat Street, I can’t skip this one. Sorry.