Chili Palace Hunan/Sichuan in Milpitas?
Anyone been? My coworker is from Sichuan and he likes it quite a bit. Don't have any more info.
They have a San Leandro location as well.
Chi Li Palace
699 Lewelling Blvd Ste 270, San Leandro, CA 94579
177 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
Actually, I can think of a few examples of places that cater to non-Chinese where better service is a key attribute. Then it just takes some sussing out to find the authentic dishes on the menu. Yes, the quality of food is paramount, yet I must admit that having a little more service orientation is a joy to find when they go hand in hand. The ones that immediately come to mind are Lily's House in Lafayette, East Ocean in Alameda, Jade Palace in Palo Alto, and Fresh China in Santa Rosa. They're all capable of turning out some very good and authentic taste, and seem to relish the opportunity to do so if you ask.
re: Melanie Wong
I would agree with the above for sure- sometimes particular restaurants will have authentic contributions, but they will also overall prepare their food well, run clean establishments and provide good service. For example, most chinese restaurants seem to have a regular menu that people are supposed to ignore and they prepare those dishes accordingly, whereas others just do a good job all around.
On the other hand, I liked the food at Shanghai Flavor Shop, which gets good marks on the board, but won't ever go back because the place is filthy with food and stains on the walls and floor.