I had a “Ratatouille” moment in Las Vegas for the first time. Once I tasted this food, I was transported back to a place of my youth: Cheng Du restaurant in MA. My family would go there for holidays and special occasions, and that’s where I developed my taste for Chinese food. (I also learned how to use chopsticks there!) As I ate at Joyful House, I experienced the same nuances and quality of flavor that comes from careful preparation of food with choice ingredients. Each bite is not only flavorful, but also well cooked. We enjoyed the crisp vegetables without being overcooked, the sticky rice without being too oily or gluey, and the delicate spring rolls. This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in the city. Although the price seems steep at first, you get real food that has amazing, succulent flavors. Vegetarians (or vegans) may find plenty of options here. There are no heavy oils or mysterious spices in the food, and it’s delicious. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is great too – you can dress up or wear jeans. The restaurant is pretty spacious and clean! We were seated right after walking in and served tea and water. My favorite dish is the Steamed Oysters in Black Bean Sauce. Oh. My. Goodness. There are no words to describe how good these oysters were. There are four in total, drenched in black bean sauce, topped with scallions, minced garlic (I love garlic), and cilantro. I enjoyed the oysters so much because they were so flavorful. I’ve never had oysters prepared like this before (I normally order oysters raw) and could easily eat half a dozen of these! As much as I love Sichuan Chinese food, I also appreciate and enjoy Cantonese style Chinese food. A pleasant dining experience with tasty Chinese food. You have to try the steamed oysters with black bean sauce at Joyful House!