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By Sara Beth Williams–
A new Asian bistro is now open on Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights, following pandemic-related delays pushing the opening date back.
In an interview with the Sentinel on Tuesday, Folsom Palace restaurant owner Bill Zheng explained the difficulties involved in opening the new location in Citrus Heights.
“It took two years, starting from when we talked about leasing. A lot of things changed because of COVID,” Zheng said, noting contractor shortages and special order delays. “We ordered furniture and it took five to six months to get it.”
The Citrus Heights location opened on July 22 and is located at 5450 Sunrise Blvd, Suite E. The restaurant faces Sunrise Boulevard and is tucked between Nation’s Giant Burgers and Dos Coyotes Border Cafe. Zheng owns three Folsom Palace restaurant locations, including one on Riley Street in Folsom, and a second location on Park Drive in El Dorado Hills.
Zheng described business as “pretty good” during opening weekend, and said his Folsom location had a customer base that included Citrus Heights residents.
The Folsom Palace menu features seafood, rice and noodle dishes from across Asia, such as Hong Kong style sweet and sour prawns or fish, Japanese teriyaki prawns or scallops, Thailand-style eggplant prawns, Cantonese style salmon, Northern China style salmon, Canton fried rice, and Singapore Rice Noodles.
Vegetarian choices are also available, such as sautéed spinach with garlic, Malaysia-style dry cooked string beans and tofu, Thai basil tofu and sautéed sugar snap peas. The menu also features Asian cuisine staples such as wonton soup, cashew or almond chicken and lemon chicken.
Dine-in prices per dish ranges from $12.95 for daily lunch specials and soups, to $25 or more for specialty seafood and poultry dishes.
The restaurant interior consists of modern, white furniture and colorful hanging lanterns.
Folsom Palace’s location in Folsom has received several awards and certificates, some of which are listed on their website. In 2015, the Riley Street location was listed as one of the best Chinese restaurants by Sacramento News & Review magazine. In 2018, the Folsom Telegraph voted Folsom Palace Best of the Best Chinese Restaurant.
The restaurant’s full menu is posted online at www.folsompalace.com.
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