But when Quick Bites dropped by the Bamboo Room recently it wasn't to suck down low-priced drinks - honest. No, we wanted to check out an unsubstantiated rumor that the once rough-around-the-edges lounge had gotten a makeover.
Happily, our information was right. We found that the Bamboo Room had gotten more than a minor facelift. In addition to new furniture and bamboo floors, owners Mike and Lilian Chu knocked out a wall to expand the lounge's seating area, which they hope will draw more diners to the newly smoke free area.
We also found it to be a nice spot for a casual business lunch. In addition to a full lunch menu with entrées priced at under $7, we found a more than adequately stocked buffet for $4.75 or all you can eat for under $7.45.
We wouldn't mind if they lost the video poker machines, but hey, baby steps, right? (REJ)
The Hong Kong Bamboo Room
530 SE 3rd St., 389-8209. Mon-Fri. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat-Sun Noon - 10 p.m. Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. (food) 4-6 p.m. (drinks)