Authentic Chinese restaurant in LA area - okay for business dinner?
A business colleague from Singapore who only eats Chinese food is coming to LA, and my husband and I are taking him to dinner. We'd like to find someplace that has truly authentic Chinese food (does not have to be Singaporean food - just has to be authentic, i.e. no Cal-Fusion.etc.) and also has a respectable business atmosphere. He is staying in Hollywood, but we can drive to San Gabriel, etc. for good food.
Price range would be anywhere from $25-$50/person, before alcohol.
Based on your parameters, I would suggest either Mission 261 or Triumphal Palace.
Both have very good food, with a setting that is a bit more genteel than most HK-style banquet restaurants in SGV.
500 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Mission 261 Restaurant
261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Try Sea Harbour in Rosemead as well... you should do pretty good based on the upper-range of your budget. Even if you have to spend more (if you dip into the live seafood tanks), I think he will be impressed. San Gabriel Valley does Shanghai cuisine very well too - comparatively elusive in Singapore for some reason (according to my Bro-in-law).
Definitely stay away from anything Singaporean/Malaysian - I personally think he will be immediately depressed when he starts drawing comparisons. The offerings for Southeast Asian cuisine aside from Vietnamese are few, and ones offering an environment where suits can feel comfortable are even fewer. And as you might already know, Singapore is a city-state that is inhabited de facto Chowhounds - they set the bar very high. Eating and shopping are the two top forms of recreation of any respectable Singaporean. I am certain that your guest is a well-groomed veteran...
Thank you to everyone who provided suggestions. We ended up going to Elite, which fit the bill perfectly. Our guests not only said that they liked the food but commented several times on how clean the establishment was; this was apparently an experience different than their previous forays into Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles.
Thank you again.