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Seafood Village Is Now Seafood Palace (At Least in Monterey Park)

That's what the sign outside said. Heard some rumblings earlier this month about a change of ownership. However menu looks the same as do the waiters. Any intelligence out there? ipsedixit?

about 17 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Best Peking duck in LA?

I agree, but who's paying?

Hipsters on Hillhurst

I've frequented the area for over 35 years, and had seen few hipsters pre-Sqirl. Kiefer Sutherland's compound was a real anomaly.

Mar 25, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Yeah, when I went to Sqirl (which is south of Sunset, and therefore is on Virgil, not Hillhurst), I was literally the only clean shaven guy in the place. Hipsters are encroaching into new territory.

Mar 24, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

I'm not sure if it's the same enterprise for a couple of reasons. First it was 1984 and there was very little non-Cantonese Chinese food anywhere in LA at the time, though it was just starting to emerge. Secondly, I wrote it down as Mama (didn't get a business card or menu), while the restaurant we know is MaMa.

Mar 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

I sent a scout to Duke today and he said it was basically empty. Ditto for my visit to Bake Code.

Mar 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

I'm surprised we haven't taken those locations over.

Mar 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

Yes, that's what I was referring to. Didn't think anybody would remember.

Mar 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

First Chinese Restaurant in Far West Monterey Park--Seoraksan Charcoal BBQ

Well there was a place on Monterey Pass Road decades ago, but there's never been anything around here (Garvey @ Casuda Canyon) since there really hasn't been much commercial space. AYCE with most people presumably going for the beef or the "Special Fat Choice." $20 for lunch, $23 for dinner. Street address is 1790 W. Garvey.

Mar 23, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Well at least Yelp has now quarantined those reviews.

Mar 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: Duke Bakery update (?)

Yelper posted short review and picture today. Didn't look particularly crazy.

Mar 22, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

where to get Shirataki noodles??

As noted above, any of the Japanese markets on the Westside will have them. The trouble with shiritaki noodles is that they repel any flavoring, even salt, at least on contact. So if you dump some into hot soup you won't taste anything. What you need to do is to cook them for a while in your sauce, soup etc., at which point they're pretty good.

Mar 20, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Yahoo Says Best Chinese "Restaurant" In California is Something Called The Chairman Truck

Yes, here are my feelings on Yelp. I suspect I'll never be able to get these comments published.

http://chandavkl.blogspot.com/2014/11...

Yahoo Says Best Chinese "Restaurant" In California is Something Called The Chairman Truck

Like most Chowhounds I hate top restaurant listings, for reasons like this. But I am intrigued by this choice since it's hardly been mentioned on this board. Any comments?

https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-best-c...

August Gathering (Chinatown)

+1, unless you're curious about Fujianese food.

Mar 16, 2015
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Yeah, the feng shui aspect has been heavily discussed on the Los Angeles board. I think the expansion might be tied to the hiring of outside advisors. About 2 years ago, a casual non-Chinese acquaintance of mine in the real estate industry who knew of my interest in Chinese food happened to mention that he was consulting with DTF regarding expansion. So sure enough they've gone into expansion mode.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Supposedly a family member moved there.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Well until recently there was just the original Arcadia location. The others are relatively recent vintage.

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Here's an outside profile of their US operations.

http://www.pasadenamonthly.com/articl...

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

Din Tai Fung does not franchise. That's why they're so few and far between in North America. Santa Clara seems in line with their new strategy of opening in upscale shopping malls with heavy Chinese foot traffic. They opened up in 2014 at the two classiest shopping malls in Los Angeles, the Americana in Glendale and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The latter opened because of the inordinate number of overseas Chinese shoppers who complained loudly about the lack of Chinese food options in (or for that matter, anywhere near) the mall. So McDonald's was kicked out and Din Tai Fung took over their space. Next up is the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia (yes, a third Arcadia location).

Self Serve AYCE Hotpot Buffet On A Conveyor Belt at Hot Pot Buffet

Went back to Hot Pot Buffet in El Monte and they've added conveyor belt seating for parties of one or two people. Conveyor belt comes out of kitchen to diners with raw ingredients a la baggage claim style. Drinks, too. The conveyor belt doesn't stop for anyone though, so you can't take too much of anything at once unless you take the plate off the belt. But it's a short wait until the next time around. Makes it easy to take small samples of items. Room for a couple dozen diners. $15 for lunch and $18 for dinner. 9961 E. Valley Bl.

House of Macau on Vine Near Hollywood

Well Latin is common filler in lieu of gibberish.

Mar 08, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

House of Macau on Vine Near Hollywood

Building signage just came up. They have a website but who knows if this is just filler for now, or what. Anybody know anything more?

http://houseofmacau.com/

Mar 08, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Moving to the Bay Area!

Rockridge is a fabulous area to live but not much decent Chinese food in the immediate area. But since you have a car you'd be close enough to Oakland Chinatown or for excursions to San Pablo Ave. or even Pacific East Mall.

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

No, New Noodle Guy is Vietnamese. I believe their specialty is pho with filet mignon. Noodle Boy in Rosemead is Chinese.

Mar 05, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Changes at Alhambra's Valley Square

Yes, the closest restaurant to the supermarket formerly known as Quong Hoa.

Mar 05, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

Also, if you want to stick with SF Chinatown, Lai Hong Lounge is fine.

Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

In The Richmond, Hong Kong Lounge or Hong Kong Lounge 2.

Cha Chaan Teng Recs in WSGV?

DTLA 101 traffic is always bad these days. 10 pm Tuesday, all weekend long. I don't know where they're going.

Feb 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

West L.A. Dim Sum

Yeah, I was thinking maybe bbq pork buns.

Feb 28, 2015
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area