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Mar 11, 2009 09:34 AM

Looking for Chinese restaurant with kitschy decor on the Westside

Is anyone aware of any Chinese restaurants in the Santa Monica/West L.A. area with great old-school 50-60's style over the top decor? Maybe something along the lines of the Good Luck bar in Silverlake, but with food?

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  1. I haven't been there in over 15 years, but the Twin Dragon on Pico does/might qualify. It's been at that location for 48 years:

    8597 West Pico Blvd. (310) 657-7355 ~ (323) 655-9805

    1. Much more than a "Chinese" restaurant in the cuisine, Chinois on Main may have the over-the-top decor that you are seeking.

      1. good thread. Does anyone remember the chinese place about 20 years ago that was on Doheny just south of Wilshire? I think they also had a location in London. I remember a very posh, over the top decor. I want to eat in a chinese place that would make Liberace blush.

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        1. re: rednyellow

          That was Tse Yang. Merrill Shindler did a scathing review of the food there for the Herald Examiner, describing their sauces as being reminscent of "runny Nyquil."

          1. re: Chandavkl

            YES! Thanks so much for jogging my memory. I remember the food wasn't so good, but loved the interior.

        2. 80s decor: Chinois on Main
          Cultural revolution decor: Mao's Kitchen

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          1. re: J.L.

            Chinois on Main - Delish. Mao's Kitchen - awful

            1. re: rednyellow

              Original poster menitoned nothing about looking for good food quality.... simply decor.

              1. re: J.L.

                consider my input just a little bonus

              2. re: rednyellow

                i must respectfully disagree with your food assessment of mao's kitchen--i like their food.
                if you think of it as chinese-inspired california food, it's much more likable than if you try to compare it to authentic chinese food.

                just my humble opinion

            2. fu's palace on pico looks pretty gaudy from the outside. i bet it's pretty kitschy on the inside....lols.

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              1. re: wilafur

                Fu's even has a "fountain" inside and a big square bar. Used to be the Sugar Shack which was kitchy too!!