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Mar 7, 2007 04:53 AM

High-end Chinese cuisine in Monterey Park that's NOT family style

A friend of mine is coming into town and he wanted to eat in Montery Park and said that when he traveled to Hong Kong/Beijing, he has eaten at some REALLY expensive chinese food (beautiful presentation, etc).

Two Questions:

1. Are there places like this in Monterey Park?

2. Are there places like this (or high end-ish) that's not served family style?

thanks :)

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  1. I don't think I've seen any such examples of Chinese fine dining here.

    Either Fantasy Eatery (Cantonese) or Green Village (Shanghainese) are the closest that I can think of, off the top of my head. Both places are just a cut above the others when it comes to decor, setting, and presentation, though neither are particularly expensive. Also, unless you're getting a personal rice/noodle plate, the entrees are going to be family style. It's just how Asians traditionally eat, we share with everyone at the table. :)

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    1. re: WBGuy

      The Japanese don't typically eat family style, in my experience. A Chinese friend in Tokyo made it a point to point out that difference to me. Particularly for breakfast, which seems to be the most elaborate meal of the day, at least in the home, each member of the family can have as many as 9 or 10 individual dishes.

      The only Chinese restaurant I know of that seems to be what the OP is looking for is Family Li Imperial Cuisine, where the meal is served tasting menu-style, with each party getting a private room, and the servers do everything but put the food in your mouth. Unfortunately, it's in China.

      1. re: mrhooks

        Directions to Familiy Li Imperial Cuisine:

        Take the 10 East. Far East.

    2. Never been to it, but is the much-hated Mr. Chow the closest we have to this?

      Triumphal Palace is a HK/Cantonese place with more atmo than usuual, pricier (at dinner, not dim sum) than usual, and with a few rare (and expensive) fish swimming in its tanks from time-to-time.

      1. It has been a while, but I vaguely recall Yujean Kang in Old Towne Pasadena being more high end. But don't hold me to that.

        1. I don't know if they come close to HK, but a couple of the high end seafood restaurants maybe what you want. Mission 261, Sea Harbor, come to mind. Except, why would you not want it family style? This is how the high end restaurants in HK serve the food. Do you mean you want the food served western style? Each person getting a separate plate of food?

          In the high end Chinese restaurants in HK, the food is brought out and a captain plates each person's plate individually. If you want it really served western style, you are talking about Yujean Kang.

          As for really expensive, order shark fin, abalone, black cod, budha jumps over the wall, geoduck, etc. That'll set your wallet back a bit.

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          1. re: PeterL

            Even Yujean Kang serves everything family style. At least, that's how it's always been when I've gone.

          2. I don't know any restaurant in Monterey Park that serves individual plated food. And having eaten in Hong Kong and Shanghai, I don't know any restaurant that is a high-end comparable. However, I think that there are probably a number of places that you can call ahead and order some high-end dishes that they don't normally serve off the menu.