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Mr. Chow BH tonight very short review

westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 12:28 AM

The dining room was lovely.

They wheel a trolley filled with champagne around the restaurant and use a hard sell to try to get you to buy glasses of champagnes without knowing how much they charge for them.
(veuve clicquot yellow label is about $20, and everything else goes up from there)

wine by the glass selections sparse.

for appetizers we had:
1) the prawns wrapped in rice paper--these were good.
and
2) boiled fish dumplings (these were not anywhere near the quality of the ones served at 15003 dumpling), but they were edible

for mains
1) sea bass with ginger and coriander leaves. this dish was really YUUUCCCKKK! the fish was hard and rock-like (i think you need to freeze sea bass for a while for it to get this horrible hardness when cooked), overcooked, and tasted like it was spoiled. this dish was truly inedible.
2) green shrimp (they said that the color comes from spinach, but i doubt it) which was fair.

the best part of the meal was the cappuccino at the end.

i didn't expect much, but the horrible sea bass really was surprising.

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    JMan604 Feb 9, 2009 10:05 AM

    My family and I had dinner there with a client and his family as their request. They wanted to dine there so who are we to decline when they are one of our biggest accounts. My fam & the client's liked it, My wife and I were the only foodies in the group so obviously we didn't like it one bit. The food was horrible, I've had better chinese at Panda express. My father-in-law (who's paying) ordered the tasting menu for everyone. All of the food were overcooked and bland. The worse part was the bill, there were 12 of us in the table and the bill came to $1500+. Not worth it even at $150.

    WSG, your date surely wanted to impress you....that's why he brought you to a celebrity hotspot, unfortunately he didn't know you enough to bring you to any of the ch's favorites.

    1. Kevitivity Feb 8, 2009 04:59 AM

      I've always been under the impression that Mr. Chow was more of an expense account type of place, like Cut, than somewhere to go for good food.

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      1. re: Kevitivity
        westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 09:02 AM

        i didn't expect good food, but that sea bass was truly "beware-don't-put-it-in-your-mouth" awful.

        1. re: westsidegal
          Debbie W Feb 8, 2009 04:27 PM

          Seems like he was at least trying to impress you by taking you somewhere "nice." It's better than meeting at Starbucks! When my husband asked me on our first date, he asked if I liked sushi. Of course, and I was an experienced sushi eater. He took me to Brothers Sushi in Woodland Hills which didn't exactly thrill me but at least he tried. That was almost 13 years ago and we've never been back to Brothers!

          1. re: Debbie W
            westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 07:10 PM

            my date was a lovely man.
            i am in absolute agreement with you.

            1. re: westsidegal
              a_and_w Feb 9, 2009 09:12 AM

              I dunno WSG...you are very passionate about food. He may well be lovely but what happens when he takes you for falafel at Sunin?

              PS: I keed because I love!

              1. re: westsidegal
                Baron Feb 9, 2009 11:10 AM

                The guy was obviously trying to impress you but apparently didn't know you or Mr Chow well enough. Help him out. Tell him what you like. Lots of good places to dine on the westside.

        2. J.L. Feb 8, 2009 02:55 AM

          I tend to skip the seafood selections on weekends when dining out in L.A.

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          1. re: J.L.
            westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 08:59 AM

            since i don't eat meat nor poultry, i've come to discover that there are many restaurants that serve very acceptable/good seafood on saturday nights.

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            nosh Feb 8, 2009 01:12 AM

            Maybe it's just me, but a "successful" night if I paid the tab for Mr. Chow would NOT include my date logging onto Chowhound at 1:28 to post about the food!

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            1. re: nosh
              westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 01:15 AM

              you have me laughing!!

              1. re: nosh
                Servorg Feb 8, 2009 02:55 AM

                If you took your very chowish date to Mr. Chow for dinner I'm afraid that is all you could reasonably expect at the end of the evening.

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                  Adsvino Feb 8, 2009 02:31 PM

                  Unless he was over until 1.....

                  1. re: Adsvino
                    westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 07:08 PM

                    we left the restauarant well after midnight.

                    there was a celebrity there with his entourage, and it seems like the restaurant doesn't close until mr. celebrity wants to leave. . .. .

                    so, no, the date was not invited in.. . .

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                    Jwsel Feb 8, 2009 03:14 PM

                    Best post ever!

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                    nosh Feb 8, 2009 12:56 AM

                    Interesting report, wsg. What got you to Mr. Chow? Just seems so much a detour from the comments you post about much more approachable places.

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                    1. re: nosh
                      westsidegal Feb 8, 2009 01:08 AM

                      a first date, who i pray does not read these messages.

                      1. re: westsidegal
                        a_and_w Feb 8, 2009 09:14 AM

                        Dump. Him. Now. Seriously...Mr. Chow?

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                          Adsvino Feb 8, 2009 02:30 PM

                          Seconded x 1000.

                        2. re: westsidegal
                          Das Ubergeek Feb 9, 2009 07:49 AM

                          Well, at least you know he's willing to drop the bucks on you...

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