On our most recent trip to Cache Creek Casino, we decided to stop for dinner at one of their two asian food restaurants, Chang Shou. I was a little skeptical after having a very mediocre dining experience on my previous trip here, but the food smelled delicious and the group I went with had a lot of different dining coupons and incentives for going to this casino so we figured we would give it a try. After speaking with the hostess, we were told we would be waiting for about twenty minutes so we had a seat in the pond area in front. We were pleasantly surprised that they had a table ready for us almost immediately.
We were seated a ways in the back in a comfortable booth, and the waitress was very friendly and helped us when we were trying to decide what to eat. There were four of us so we decided to try a number of entrees and just share them all. The decor and lighting were tasteful and interesting, particularly some of the tables that had old style majong tiles molded into the wood under the glass top. There was a decently sized bar in the front of the restaurant with tables and booths to the sides and in the back.
Wor Wonton Soup – The soup we decided to start with for an appetizer. The waitress suggested that, since we were already getting a noodle dish later on in the meal, that she have them substitute more wontons for the noodles that normally come in the soup, which we tried. It was very flavorful, with vegetables, a light broth, pork, and many wontons. There wasn’t any of this left by the time the rest of the meal arrived.
Barbeque Pork Fried Rice – A chinese staple, this dish was about what we expected. I really enjoy fried rice, and this spot didn’t disappoint. There was a large amount of it, and the pork was nicely flavored, however it wasn’t anything better than anywhere else.
Beef and Chicken Chow Mein – We all really enjoy chow mein so we decided to get two plates of it here, one chicken and one beef. The chow mein was very good, large pieces of meat and perfectly cooked noodles and vegetables. The only part I didn’t enjoy were the bean sprouts they put in it, which I would probably ask them not to next time, but I still enjoyed the dish.
Teriyaki Chicken – This dish lasted about a minute before it was completely devoured. Several pieces of chicken over a bed of steamed broccoli with teriyaki sauce and sprinkled sesame seeds. I’m not usually a big fan of broccoli, but this was very well cooked and easy to eat, and the chicken was very good. We all thoroughly enjoyed this entree.
Overall, I was happy with the food and even more impressed by the service at Chang Shou, and would definitely visit again on another trip to Cache Creek. Our waitress was very helpful at picking out which food to try and also attentive but not overly so as far as refills and other things we needed. Also, when we got the check I was pleasantly surprised to find that it cost less than fifty dollars for dinner for all four of us. We didn’t go all out and purchase several appetizers and dessert or anything, but we definitely got a lot of food for an affordable price.
Currently Cache Creek has a promotion where if you have never signed up for a players card, you can go there and sign up to receive twenty five dollars towards food and / or gasoline. As far as casino promotions go, this is one of the best I’ve seen. My girlfriend and I went there our first time and this promotion covered dinner, the gas to and from the casino, as well as a car wash at their on-site gas station. I would definitely recommend checking this place out at least once to take advantage of the promotion.
If you’re new to Casinos and would like to know more about what promotions to look for, my next article will be about just that topic, so stay tuned and check back soon for ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Casinos’.