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By Jane Knoerle
Almanac Lifestyles Editor
After seeing two favorites close last year, Menlo Park has a new Chinese restaurant. The Fey restaurant opened in January at 1368 El Camino Real, the former site of Ten Fu.
Colorful flower-filled window boxes only hint at the transformation inside the new eatery. The interior is clean, contemporary and elegant. A crystal chandelier in the entry and sparkling lights over the dining booths brighten the black, white and gray color palette. A school of silver metal fish accent one wall. Tableware is white with pink napkins, adding a spot of color.
Diners will find their favorites on the extensive menu, along with many spicy Sichuan selections. Lunch, featuring soup, rice and entree (cashew chicken, prawns with vegetables), is $7.95 every day. Dishes from the "Traditional Private Kitchen" are more exotic and include "spicy tripe with rice Jello" and "hot and spicy frog."
The restaurant also features individual Chinese hot pots to cook tableside. Diners may choose a la carte ingredients or go with selected meats and vegetables for $15.95.
Fey Enterprise LLC of San Mateo, which includes "many partners," owns Fey, which is an acronym for its Chinese name, Fu En Yuan. The owners have been in the restaurant business for 20 years, having previous Sichuan restaurants in San Francisco, San Mateo and Millbrae.
With its elegant dining area and VIP room for banquets, Fey should be a popular destination for locals missing Su Hong and Ten Fu.
Fey Restaurant, located at 1368 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, is open daily. Call 324-8888.