Fu Yuan Low in Rolling Hills Estates
We are looking into booking this place for a birthday party. Has anyone thrown a party there? Linda, the owner was very nice and her prices are very reasonable for a party of 40. Your experiences about the food, the service and the place itself would help ease an already stressed out mind.
Thanks all :)
This follow-up is soooooooooooooooo late that it's not even funny.
i just wanted to thank everyone for your input on Fu Yuan Low. We had the surprise birthday party for my mom there and it was an unmitigated success.
The food wasn't spectacular but it wasn't bad by any means. Standard westernized chinese best describes it. But it was good, it was cost-effective, it was a LOT, the service was great, everyone was full and a good time was had by all.
We achieved what we set out to do -- surprise the birthday girl. She had the time of her life and that's all that mattered.
My hubby is a filmmaker and he did this li'l thing for her. Come have a look-see:
if you go to Harbor Palace, here are some dishes that i recommend: fatty pork with preserved vegetables (pork belly), fried tofu with dried scallop, peking duck is not bad either, their seafood is pretty darn good but pricey as well (whole live alaskan king crab, lobster, etc when in season)
I prefer the Golden Lotus at the end of Hawthorne Blvd. (meets the ocean). They have really nice party rooms and their food is fancier than Fu Yuan Low (a little bit more pricier). Their walnut shrimp is to-die-for. Huge prawns.... Also, the best Peking Duck I have had outside of China town...
Been going there since I was born (literally). It pretty much was the only Chinese restaurant there in the 80s. Their food is consistent. Very old school Chinese food ie a little Americanized. Mushu pork, sweet and sour, etc etc. I went there this year for the first time in half a decade, and nothing has changed (which can be a good thing).
If you're going for Chinese-American, this is the spot. If you want more authentic, try Harbor Palace on PCH in Torrance (I think cross street is Narbonne) for Cantonese. Or try Shanghai Palace on PCH between Crenshaw and Hawthorne (attached to Ramada Inn).
I second Harbor Palace. 1949 Pacific Coast Hwy (at Eshelman Ave), Lomita, CA 90717. (310) 539-8220. My family and I have been going there for many years. They do have smaller rooms for private parties. My husband gave me surprise Bday party for 50 people. Banquet style menu offered. Their sizzling plates (oyster with green onion and volcano beef?) are extremely good, string beans, both salt and pepper squid and shrimp, westlake mince beef soup, Chinese broccoli with black mushrooms, both deep fried whole fish and steamed, are some of our favorites. Don't expect a friendly staff. They take your order, serve and you pay. They are not offensive but just typical "Chinese service". Weekends at lunch, especially on Sundays after church time, are very busy because they offer great lunch specials with very good portions.
They're pretty accomodating and nice enough. I've been ordering from them occasionally throughout the 10+ years I've lived in the PV area and the food has been consistent. I'm no expert on Chinese cuisine but I find their food to be satisfactory. And they give a fair amount of food in relation to the price.