South Pacific Bistro used to be one of my very favorite places to eat when I lived in Lewis County, WA for over a decade. Their 9-flavored beef stood out as a unique, consistent winner in my mind. So it was with relish that I happened to be passing through and was able to order it again after an 8 year interlude. The atmosphere and friendly owner/staff folks were every bit the same--as well as the quirky location and need to park in the back. I ordered my entree to-go and it took about 15 minutes for it to be ready. And when I arrived at the park and dug my fork into that beef, it became clear that the recipe had changed. Now the beef is pot-cooked instead of stir-fried. Flavoring was every bit as good, but I liked the old recipe better because the beef turned out a tad too moist and the stir frying had helped the flavors to meld. Don't get me wrong--it's still holds its own. On the other hand, the fried rice was sadly tasteless and quite bland. Barely a step up from plain white rice. So ask them to season it more strongly. I suspect a lot of non-foreign food experienced locals prefer little to no spicing, so tell them to boost the seasoning and intensity of flavors if you want to level things up.
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