Considering what Vermont usually has to bring to the table for Chinese this place seems like a safe haven in the small town of Essex. It has a combination of things you would find at any local, terrible chinese takeaway and traditional chinese dishes. I am a personal fan of their hot and sour soup. The dumplings are small and over priced but fairly decent. As a main dish I would recommend the chicken chow fun with black beans, a dish that is usually ok or very good. However, Joyce’s is generally over-priced for the quality it brings. $15.95 for below par general tao’s, $11.95 for the blandest roast pork with broccoli I have ever encountered and charging $1.75 for DUCK SAUCE is absurd. If you find a few things there that you can enjoy and don’t mind shelling out a little bit more than I would recommend Joyce’s if you want consistently amazing Chinese food go to A Single Pebble in Burlington.
Overall Rating – 2.5. A decent place to bring a date or splash out on a dinner but the likelihood that you will get your monies worth is quite low and with ever increasing prices (from what I have seen) it may be worth a complete miss. I am a big fine of the hot and sour soup which lives up to its name fairly well and is better than most feeble attempts at it in the area. Though the chow fun can be quite oily and sometimes the veggies verge on the point of questionable it is a fairly reliable dish however paying over $11 bucks for it is just stupid.