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SGV Chinese food for 12 loud homos

Where would people suggest I go for dinner in the SGV for Chinese food this Saturday evening. We tried Green Village last time and loved it. We also tried Chung King a few months ago and it was great (although the last time I went there it was a bit disappointing, except for the water boiled fish, which was amazing again).

There has been discussion of going to Elite or the Kitchen, but the reviews I have seen have been mostly of those places for dim sum. How are they for dinner?

What is the best place for a group of 12 on a Saturday night?

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  1. Last summer, we went to a Szechuan place in the SGV that Jonathan Gold recommended. The food was really good and spicy and they had a lot of unusual items on the menu. Everything we tried was delicious, though I'm not sure I'd get the eel again. I can't remember the name.

    1. I thought Elite was very mediocre to poor for dinner. The french style beef we ordered was very tough, and everything else was very so-so.

      For Cantonese, I would go to Capital Seafood on Garvey/Atlantic (but call to make sure they are not booked up with banquets), Empress Harbour (call for same reason) or Ocean Star.

      I might throw in New Capital Seafood for their $1 a pound live prawns special (yes $1 a pound for those big suckers that cost $20 a pound at the market). However, service is slow right now since they are fairly new and working out the bugs. They are on Del Mar Blvd. and Valley, where the old Sam Woo is.

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      1. re: WHills

        OMG! i'm going to new capital for the prawns! mmm! thanks for the heads up!

      2. do you enjoy kitsch?

        and well prepared hong kong cafe food? you should check out fantasy eatery second floor of the great mall of china.

        another kitsch favorite is indian serving taiwanese pub food.

        1. Thanks for the good ideas. What about duck places? I remember reading about a few good beijing duck places, and that seems to be a good kind of a place for a big group.

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          1. re: lalaw05

            Lu Din Gee on Valley Blvd. next to Yong Ho has good Beijing duck.

            Full House in Arcadia is Cantonese/seafood and has delicious food. It has a Peking duck special for $10 and it's really good but not as authentic as Lu Din Gee.

            1. re: lalaw05

              there used to be a quanjude. its gone...

              the only place i know to get peking duck nowadays is a place called lu din gee, which used to be called JZY cafe. if you've ever had good peking duck (ie. in china) this will be a disappointment. but i guess you can start here and then really have your pants blown off when you visit china. its homolicious.

              1. re: modernist

                is there a quanjude in beijing? i feel like i ate there. i had some really good beijing duck in beijing. lu din gee was the place i think i had heard of here. too bad it is a disappointment - maybe we will go for a cantonese seafood place afterall.

                1. re: lalaw05

                  yes, its the biggest peking duck "chain" in china. you can also try chiu chow seafood at 888 or bi feng tang aka. "seafood village"

            2. If you choose a big restaurant, it would be advisable to call first to make sure they have not been booked up for a wedding banquet. Some restaurants might actually have space for your party even if they are holding one or more banquets. In that case, 12 loud patrons will be drowned out by one, off-key wedding banquet karaoke singer.

              1. Ocean Star. Try their fresh crab with ginger, walnut mayo shrimp, and green beans with XO

                1. Mei Long Village is v. good but same cuisine at Green Village. Elite has at least one, perhaps 2, private rooms that can easily accomadate 12 -- you can get as rowdy as you like and has excellent dinner food. The Quail is especially impressive as is a dish of Fried calamari, chicken breast bone (crunchy!) and frog. I went to a Chinese New Year banquet in one of their private rooms and we had a blast.

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                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                    I dont see how you can get 12 people at one table at Mei Long VIllage I have gone with 8 and it was tight fit.

                  2. Thanks everyone for your input.

                    We were twelve. We were loud. And we were without a doubt homo. We decided to try the duck place (Lu Din Gee). Dinner was great, but the food was not stand-out.

                    When we arrived, we were immediately seated at a round table for 12, with a bamboo screen that hopefully helped screen some of Biff's louder comments to Chad. The table was perfect for our group, and the service, though cool to start, proved efficient and responsive. If the food was more impressive, I'd put it on my permanent list. Especially if Corey and Brandon turn out again.

                    I was advised, at booking, against ordering three ducks. Surprise, two ducks two ways was not enough for twelve bulemic homos. We required a third. Fortunately Lu Din obliged (at Tyler's insistence).

                    We also tried coconut shrimp, which bored. We tried the three color cold noodles, which I thought were pretty good. Bok choy and monkey mushrooms was also good. Curry meat was not exciting. Some homo ordered cold squid, and it was a disappointment.

                    The duck was not exciting or excellent; it was just novelity - I was nonplussed, but Mark, Thomas and Craig didn't seem to notice.

                    Anyhow - thanks for contributing. Next time I think we are going to Cantonese sea food in the vein of New Capitol - unless anyone has any competing Szchuan suggestions that beat Chung King (which my mom mentioned was the name of the canned "chow mein" she ate in her segregated white suburb in the Fifties).

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                    1. re: lalaw05

                      thanks so much for reporting back!

                      1. re: lalaw05

                        "We also tried cocount shrimp, which bored."

                        I'm stealing this line, but I'm here to leave you a thank you note.

                        1. re: lalaw05

                          Lucky Dragon is just as good and in some ways better than C.K. FYI - it is BYO.