searching for Shanghai and Sichuan restaurants
- Thi Nguyen
Several times, I've read and been told about Lake Spring Cuisine, a supposedly fantastic Shanghainese place in Monterey Park. But it doesn't seem to be there anymore! Any suggestions for more Shanghai places?
And, while you're at it, good Sichuan places?
To anticipate a few responses.
Fu Shing in Pasadena is a Szechuan place that has been mentioned here before. I found it truly awful, horribly greasy. The dumplings in the spicy oil were quite good, but everything else was abysmal in my view. Now, reading the review in Counter Intelligence it makes mention that the menu is somewhat inconsistent, so perhaps I just misordered. (I had the "rainbow chopped in crystal fold" which is normally a can't miss dish, but here it was so heavily laced with oil that it was completely inedible; and a beef dish that sounded sort of interesting but had no flavor except for fat; and a truly mediocre version of Orange beef.)
There's a Shanghai noodle place that's quite well liked in the same little mall as Mandarin Deli in Chinatown. Again, I didn't like it much.
So I can't be of much help, but I'm guessing others like the above mentioned places more than me.
Unless it closed in the last 3 weeks, Lake Spring is still going strong at 219 E. Garvey in Monterey Park. It's still my favorite Shanghainese despite ownership and management changes a year+ ago. A couple of others at this site have also mentioned King's Palace at 250 W. Valley in San Gabriel. And, just across the street at 301 W. Valley is Mei Long Village which has really good Shanghainese mid-day "snacks" (not to be confused with the "lunch specials").
Try them all and let us know which you think is best.