Yesterday two of my co-workers and I went to Chow restaurant for lunch. We were originally going to Shin's for sushi, but Chow is right next door (1009 Monterey St., downtown SLO), and we haven't tried it yet. We'd actually read some negative reviews on a website about the prices being too high and the portions being too small, so we were hesitant about going there for lunch. However, a gentleman we work with dines at Chow often and RAVES about it every time, so we thought, what the heck, we'll try it.
The interior is beautifully designed and the wait staff were all very nice and friendly and accommodating.
We each chose something different. One of us had the Stir Fried Marinated Flat Iron Steak with housemade egg noodles and seasonal veggies (which consisted of sugar snap peas, broccoli, green onions and asparagus):
... another had the special, which was a Green Curry with Seafood, including shrimp, tilapia and salmon with rice:
... and I had the Stir Fried Shrimp and Bacon with housemade wonton noodles and sugar snap peas:
We all agreed our meals were delicious (in fact, Green Curry Girl is STILL going on about how perfectly delicious and perfectly spicy her meal was!) and the price was so-so/okay for a lunch (around $10. to $12. each, which is a bit higher than average, but it IS a pretty fancy place, so I guess it's to be expected). Another plus: we were served very quickly! Since we only have an hour for lunch and need part of that time to get back tot he office, getting our food right away meant we were able to really enjoy our food!
Now, I don't know if the people who gave poor reviews on the website just went on an off-day, don't get the whole "fusion" concept, or whatever, but I would recommend giving Chow another shot - or trying it for the first time. It's worth it, imho!