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Apr 12, 2004 04:21 PM

Chinese on the Westside?

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I'm visiting from the Bay Area and I'd like to take my mother and (well behaved, better dressed than us) 7 year old daughter to a great, not nec. expensive, Chinese restaurant. My mom lives in Mar Vista, but as she's lived in LA her whole life she doesn't mind driving at all. Thanks for your suggestions...


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  1. Two that I like in West LA are:

    J R Seafood
    11901 Santa Monica Blvd # 102
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Jin Jiang
    11057 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: Joe MacBu

      J R Seafood got bought out by Hop Li, so there's a name change and a slight change in their dishes.

    2. Probably the favorite westside Chinese seafood restaurants are Royal Star Seafood, 3001 Wilshire in Santa Monica, and VIP Harbor Seafood, 11701 Wilshire at Barrington.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        I'm from No Calif (gasp!), and I was very impressed w/ Royal Star's dim sum. Their dinner menu looked enticing as well, but we didn't have time to partake...

      2. Chang's on San Vicente in Brentwood is very good. It's more traditional than the Chinese Seafood restaurants listed above. They do basic things like Cashew Chicken and Peking Duck very well.

        Another good place is Szechuan in the Marina, along Washington Blvd, a few blocks west of Lincoln. The Chow Fun is wonderful, as is Beef with Broccoli and Sauteed String Beans.

        1. Strictly for completeness, I want to mention 2 other westside Chinese places that get lots of mention--Hop Li, on Pico, for nice Cantonese; and Hu's Szechwan, in Palms, which does a few things really really well (dumplings, cheng pi dishes, shredded chicken) and hopefully they have been able to maintain their supply of peppercorns.

          I also like Royal Star and VIP, mentioned by Chandavkl.

          But, NONE of these places really match the better places in the San Gabriel Valley, and especially if you eat a lot of Chinese in the Bay Area you may not be all that impressed by any westside place. Hey, you're visiting, why not do the LA thing and get in the car and drive on over to Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, etc. The choices are endless, and you will take home a happy memory. I only wish I had time to do this more often myself. . .

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          1. re: PayOrPlay

            I'm a big Hu's fan, Szechaun Shrimp is to die for.

          2. VIP Harbor and Royal Star are the best you will get on the westside but are IMO overpriced...You can get much better food at better prices if you hop on the 10 freeway for the 20 min. drive to SGV. :)