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Aug 3, 2007 08:21 PM

Best Chinese in West LA?

I've been to Twin Dragon on Pico, any other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. I've enjoyed Hu's Szechuan on National near Motor for many years. Sadly I have no other recommendations since JR Seafood on Santa Monica Closed. (Has anyone tried its replacement, Hop Li?)

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    1. re: Phood

      Since JR Seafood and Royal Star closed, I haven't found any Chinese on the westside that can compare and I've really tried.

    2. Hop Woo on Olympic and Sepulveda in the strip mall on the SW corner and, when it's back in action after the recent kitchen fire, Little Hong Kong Cafe on Sawtelle just north of Olympic in the strip mall on the west side of the street. Some like VIP Harbor Seafood on Wilshire at Barrington upstairs in the little mall on the NW corner.

      1. I received a menu at my apartment not too long ago for a chinese/sushi place called Toki Wok. It is located at 2536 Overland Ave and it is in a strip mall. I have never been here but I have had delivery from them about 3 times and I really liked it. You should give it a try...and if you do, report back :)
        oh, and I see quite a few people on this board asking about General Tso's Chicken. They have that at Toki Wok.

        1. I like Mao's Chinese Kitchen, not *the best* but definitely good.

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          1. re: Emme

            i, too, am a fan of mao's kitchen.
            i don't look at it as being in competition with restaurants trying to be 'authentic.'
            it is, imho, extremely good 'california-chinese,' that is california food that has chinese inspiration and many chinese ingredients.
            i love their corkage policy (zero corkage).
            i usually order the mao's hometown special.

          2. Cheng Du on Westood Blvd., just north of Santa Monica Blvd., is quite good. Hop Li, in the site of the old JR Seafood, has been excellent also!

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            1. re: J.L.

              Cheng Du on Westwood is one of the worst Chinese restaurants in the city. As I mentioned previously the one time I went there were no (other) Asians in the restaurant (that includes cooks and servers).

              1. re: Chandavkl

                I must disagree with you respectfully. I've had very good service and food there, and I'm quite picky. There were 3 Mandarin speaking Chinese employees: 1 up front, 2 in the back.

                In any case, I could care less if the cooks are from China, Taiwan, Mexico, Mauritius, or Mars - As long as the food is clean, fresh, and good, I'll keep going back to Cheng Du.

                BTW, are you talking about the Cheng Du on Westwood Blvd. or Pico? (Because I'm referring to the Westwood location.)

                1. re: J.L.

                  This was Westwood Blvd. I"m OK with the Pico location. Maybe the regular staff was off when I came by, but the chicken dumplings were reminiscent of the alleged cardboard dumplings that were reported out of China. As far as ethnicity is concerned, while I'm sure Emiril could whip up a good Chinese meal, I doubt if a neighborhood Chinese place in Los Angeles with non-Chinese cooks is someplace I'd want to eat at.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    well if the dumplings WERE made of cardboard, at least we'd know that they were authentic!