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Apr 18, 2008 02:09 PM

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.

Any suggestions?

Thank you.

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  1. san gabriel got tons of places you can pick.

    elite in monterey park has very nice room

    1. 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.

      Triumphal Palace
      500 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

      Mission 261 Restaurant
      261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      2 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        Mission 261has some impressive rooms, one with a chinese antiques, and the food is alright, but not up to the standards of Elite, Triumph Palace, and a few other restaurants that may not have the same genteel setting.

        1. re: cfylong

          Elite would be a good choice. JR Bistro in Chinatown, not as upscale as Elite but no slouch either is another one. The place is spacious, not noisy and not brightly lit. Your associate might enjoy their Mongolian firepot.

      2. 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...

        1. 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.