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Golden Leaf Replaces Ono Japanese in San Gabriel

Golden Leaf, a Taiwanese restaurant, has opened up in the space which I believe was previously occupied by Ono Japanese (and previously a pizza place) on Las Tunas and Mission. Only had time for a couple of the cold salads off the appetizer section. Menu is relatively short and I'll have to check the rest out later. Street address is 717 W. Las Tunas Dr.

Dec 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

TonyC's Annual 20 Best Chinese Not in the SGV

Three New Chinese Restaurants in Hacienda Heights (Almost Side By Side)

Actually The Old Boys replaces the above mentioned Honeymoon Food. That was sure a short honeymoon. Perhaps it indicates the lack of demand for Hong Kong style food in that part of the world.

Dec 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Ipse must have an "in" with the chef. Our visits have been so-so.

Dec 16, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Charley Brown's Turns Into Chinese Buffet

This is the Charley Brown just north of the Montebello Town Center, in Rosemead. Certainly one of the nicest Chinese buffet premises in the LA area in term of spaciousness and ambiance. Looks like they took over Charley's liquor cabinet, too, as there is a full bar. This is another Chinese buffet clothed in a Japanese name, Kami Buffet and Grill. Some nice touches here in addition to the bar, such as getting an egg fried at the teppan grill, popcorn in the dessert area, and at least 20 sushi items. (Sushi here is marginally better than Kome in Industry.) Weekday lunch is $9.59, dinner $13.99, with senior discounts. Street address is 909 S. San Gabriel Blvd. (Thanks to my "agent" Judy Isozaki for spotting this from the freeway after wondering why the formerly empty restaurant parking lot was so full. Not likely that anyone would pass by here unless you're headed to the freeway or mall.)

Dec 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I'm thinking before then

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

No, there used to be a Mongolian grill right off of the NE corner of Wilshire and Bundy.

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

The Little Gourmet says the XLB at Costa Mesa are less fatty, and therefore inferior. A matter of taste, I'm sure. She also says her peer group of friends (of the 626 Generation, who you don't mess around with when it comes to eating) prefers Arcadia to Costa Mesa. Also, I'm the last person to bring up the "Y" word on this board (see below), but I'm intrigued by the fact that the Arcadia DTF rates higher on Yelp than Costa Mesa.

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

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

I think the conclusion is that the South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung does not rate with its international counterparts. So says my daughter Supertina (dubbed by family friends as The Little Gourmet when she was 7 years old), who made her first visit to Costa Mesa and found it inferior to Arcadia.

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

New branches aren't open yet. I think one is going to be in Culver City. What's at Wilshire and Bundy these days? Used to be a Mongolian grill.

Dec 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Singapore Leaf Cafe, 301 E. Valley Bl. in Alhambra, branch of overseas chain, which opened around September.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Singapore Leaf Gone Already?

Received a voice mail from an informant saying there's a "Coming Soon" hanging from the Singapore Leaf building. If so, that would almost set a record for lack of longevity. Any clarification would be appreciated.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hakkasan. [San Francisco]

Have not been to SF branch, but have been to Manhattan and Beverly Hills. Food is fantastic, but is so pricey that I wouldn't go back unless somebody else was paying. Both times lunch was $50 to $60 per person.

More Chinese Desserts From The South

For some reason, while the San Gabriel Valley generally is king when it comes to Chinese food, much of the advancement in Chinese desserts comes out of the south, particularly from Cerritos and Orange County. Many of the sweet tooth pioneers have come from that region, including 85°C, Guppy House and Milk and Honey. So it’s no surprise that the famous Taiwanese dessert chain, Meet Fresh, has chosen Irvine and the Diamond Jamboree shopping center for its first US location. Though it’s been open since late July, I just made my first visit to the place and signs are they are thriving with over 260 Yelp reviews already, and draw crowds despite a pricey drink and dessert menu where most items run between $5 and $7.50. Their signature item appears to be taro balls for $6.50. The taro tofu pudding was excellent, but I’m not sure if it’s worth $6. It'll be interesting to see if Meet Fresh follows its predecessors and eventually heads up towards Los Angeles.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Latest Chinese Mashup-5-Taste Kitchen Replaces Chung King in Artesia

Not to mention at least 4 SGV restaurants specializing in duck parts.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Latest Chinese Mashup-5-Taste Kitchen Replaces Chung King in Artesia

A recurring undercurrent on this board has been the emergence of authentic Chinese restaurants that cannot be pigeonholed in a particular regional cuisine. Latest is 5-Taste Kitchen which has just replaced the Sichuan style Chung King in the 99 Ranch shopping center on Pioneer. 5-Taste is primarily a kitchen prepared hot pot/dry pot restaurant, where you choose your ingredients and they cook it for you. (There is a wall full of small placards for each ingredient. You take one for each ingredient you want and they take all your choices into the kitchen. Also combos by weight.) Besides the hot pot/dry pots, they've also dived into the duck parts craze, offering duck necks, duck feet, duck wings, duck gizzard and duck tongue by the pound ($58.85 for the latter), or in your pot.

Dec 12, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

Dec 10, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hom Yu and Pressed Duck

Severe downhill according to Yelpers due to ownership change.

Dec 09, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

OC Chinese Update

Tai Chi Cuisine serves Tianjin small plates which is great if you like Tianjin small plates. Capital Noodle Bar is OK but $80 for 5 people at lunch was on the high side.

Dec 09, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

OC Chinese Update

28 opens on Wednesday per Eater.

Dec 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Nothing Beats Word of Mouth--Gold Hibachi Buffet in Alhambra A Mob Scene

Just as predicted through ipsedixit's inside information, Gold Hibachi Buffet has opened in the old Gold Coast Buffet location near the Alhambra Costco on Commonwealth. Only open since yesterday, and without a Yelp review in sight, I dropped by at 12:30pm to find a crowd waiting to get in and passed on eating at the time. An hour later there was still a small wait but I was seated after less than 10 minutes. Grand opening special is $7.99 for weekday lunch (regular will be $8.99) and $10.99 for weekday dinner (regular $13.99) with 10 percent senior discounts. One customer was so excited she posed for a picture of herself in front of the large grand opening pricelist. Nice remodel and a clear upgrade from Golden Coast with a teppan grill, and more and bigger trays of entrees. Some items look suspiciously identical to what you get at other buffets (can you say Sysco?), but there are also some unique items, such as the Korean glass noodles and the stir fried spicy large imitation crab chunks.

Dec 08, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Xinjiang food in Rowland Heights- Silk Road Garden

Well as was noted in another thread mentioning that list, Clarissa clarified that those 10 were her own favorites, which is probably true for many such listings.

Dec 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Golden Sand Restaurant?

A couple of passing references in this thread.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903033

Dec 07, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Fu's Palace - 1970's American Chinese with Rumaki

No. Fu's Palace opened up in 1995. That location was originally Wan Q for many years, then became a Caribbean Place (Sugar Shack?) until Fu's Palace moved in. However, I believe Fu's Palace is related to the original King Fu, which opened probably in the early 1970s on the next block east on Pico.

Dec 05, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ichiban Buffet in El Monte is a paradise for senior citizens

The flyers inside the restaurants and the signs on the wall inside also say $8.99 is the regular weekday lunch price. However, the plain paper sign in the window says its $7.99, and $6.99 for seniors.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ichiban Buffet in El Monte is a paradise for senior citizens

Somehow I missed this opening last year, right by the Longo dealerships on Peck Road. Yes, another Chinese buffet with a Japanese name. (I'm guessing they do that to emphasize the sushi choices to non-Asian diners.) Weekday lunch is $6.99, dinner $10.99 with senior discount, a dollar cheaper than regular prices. (Printed prices are $1 higher, but paper sign in window has new prices, indicating a recent price cut.) All the stuff you expect to see at a Chinese buffet, but a bunch of stuff you usually don’t. Pig feet, beef tripe, braised chili salmon fish head, frosted peanuts (like in Kellogg sugar frosted flakes). Best item was the cheeseburger, a White Castle sized sandwich. That’s not a knock on the other food here—the burger was delicious. Did I tell you the senior lunch is $6.99? No wonder the place is packed with Asian seniors.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

A dim sum blast fron the past

I think the current tenant is the latest of a string of seafood restaurants that cater to Monday night wedding banquets. As such, I'm not sure how seriously they take their walk in business.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

A dim sum blast fron the past

These days Brooklyn is probably a better place to get Chinese food than Manhattan Chinatown.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Xiao Dong Bei in Flushing

Actually Clarissa has since stated that the Shandong beef roll is an evolutionary dish that was developed by Shandong restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley. That would explain why it's seen at all stripes of Chinese regional style restaurants in the Los Angeles area, and likely demonstrates in part the cross-pollination of regional dishes we're seeing here in California.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Outer Boroughs

A dim sum blast fron the past

Sunrise 27, which was at 27 Division St., moved into the HSF spot on Bowery about five years ago, rechristening themselves Sunshine 27. Still serves dim sum. Dim sum was as good as HSF, at least when they opened, so you might want to check it out.

Dec 04, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan