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Jul 11, 2006 05:45 AM

Is there even ONE DECENT CHINESE RESTAURANT in West Hollywood?

Just had a horrible meal at Kung Pao on Santa Monica Boulevard. Why -- oh Why -- did I think this place would have halfway decent Chinese food? Yuck.

Please help!

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  1. The answer to your question is "No," and the response to your request is "Sorry." Regrettably there are not a lot of good Chinese restaurants anywhere that don't have a lot of Chinese diners. There's just not the critical mass of such diners in that part of town to support anything good. For a brief while there was a place on Third St. called Golden Village Coffee Shop that was good and authentic, but it folded after a year. Indeed, until about 10 years ago, there was absolutely nothing worth eating west of downtown. At least there are a few Westside options now, such as J.R. Seafood and Little Hong Kong.

    1. Depends on what you had at Kung Pao. Some of their food is quite good, especially their seafood dishes, the hunan lamb, and similar. Do not order the appetizers is the first rule of thumb there.
      The only 3 Chinese places in the general area are Genghis Cohen, Rice and Kung Pao Bistro. All are geared toward the Americanized tastes of those who live nearby. If you want truly authentic, the 626 area code will provide you with all the options you could ever need.

      1. The ONLY Chinese restaurant that I like in Los Angeles is Hu's Schezwuan (sp?) on National / Motor. Amazing, homemade dumplings the family rolls on the tables while you are eating... The Kung Pao shrimp is wonderful. It's in that little crook of National as it elbows toward Motor. Incidentally, the Indonesian Restaurant on that same street is good too. They have Durian there!

        1. had the same experience.
          every dish was truly awful.
          i didn't even expect anything authentic, i would have been satisfied with anything that tasted ok.
          even with that low level of expectation, all the dishes failed miserably.

          1. Unfortunately, no. If you can make it a little east, to Melrose between Western and Normandie, you can go to BBQ Unlimited #2, which is about as good as it gets without going all the way to the 626.