By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Westborough – The Three Gorges Chinese restaurant has relocated from downtown Westborough to the Westborough Shopping Center, but that's not the only change.
At its Main Street location, Three Gorges focused on a take-out and delivery business, but it now offers a large dining area, and has added Thai dishes to its menu, along with the Chinese cuisine it specializes in.
Three Gorges has moved into the location along Lyman Street that had been occupied by the Chef Sun restaurant.
Kai Rong Chen, who owns Three Gorges with his wife, Zheng Zhu, said they had to move from the location they had been in for 12 years because that building, near the rotary, is being demolished. The new spot, he noted, provides greater visibility and easy parking.
This location opened in mid-March, but Chen is planning a grand opening celebration in June.
Three Gorges now provides both booth and table seating in its dining room, decorated in neutral tones and warm browns, with large windows.
The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The menu now includes about a dozen Thai specials such as chili duck and two Thai entrée salads, along with a wide variety of Thai curries??”red, yellow, green, panang, choo chee and msaman – available with a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, duck, mixed seafood or tofu.
The Thai choices also include pad Thai noodles, tom yam soup, and Thai combination plates.
Three Gorges continues to offer a wide variety of Chinese dishes as well.
The appetizer menu features such favorites as egg rolls, Peking ravioli, steamed dumplings, chicken wings, barbecue spareribs, crab rangoons and fried wontons, along with a pu pu platter for two, and kids” selections.
Soups and noodle dishes, including rice noodles Singapore-style and Shanghai pan-fried noodles, are other options.
Each entrée category??”poultry, beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian??”contains a wide variety of dishes with plenty of hot and spicy choices. There's a separate section of Cantonese specialties such as chow mein and moo shi with a choice of meat.
New at this location is a luncheon specials menu available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The specials include rice and one of four appetizers, most for either $6.95 or $7.50. Among the choices are kung pao chicken, General Gau's chicken, shrimp with lobster sauce, lo mein, pork egg foo young, pad Thai, and three different Thai curries.
The dinner menu prices are also a good value. Appetizers are under $7.50, with most under $6. Most entrees are priced between $8.25 and $12.25, with dinner combination platters $9.95.
Asked which dishes he most recommends, Chen named the crab rangoons appetizer and the Thai tom yam soup; for entrees, General Gau's chicken and Thai yellow curry, especially with shrimp.
Chen has been in the restaurant business for 20 years, starting in New York. He opened Three Gorges 12 years ago when he moved to Westborough. He and his wife live in Westborough with their three daughters.
The Westborough restaurant is officially called Three Gorges III since the parent company owns two other Three Gorges restaurants, in Natick and Framingham.
Three Gorges is located at 30 Lyman St. in the Westborough Shopping Center. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week. The menu is available at www.threegorgesthree.com. To place a take-out or delivery order, call 508-366-8899 or 508-616-0888.
Editor's Note: The preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.