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Good Chinese in the West Valley

CynGriff Oct 8, 2009 04:04 PM

My almost 11 year old niece wants to do a big family dinner for her birthday at a Chinese restaurant. She'd really like a place with a private room for the 15 or so of us, and good food...(She's a bit of foodie in the making!)...Any suggestions? Woodland Hills, Tarzana area is preferred...I know of places further east but not heading west...THANKS!

  1. Kitchen Queen Oct 9, 2009 10:11 AM

    I have always had good luck with a chinese restaurant on Ventura just E. of Topanga (N side) in the plaza where Henry's now sits. I believe this is the place: http://www.thechinagarden.com/

    Food real delish, accommodating staff and in the back, a semi private space. Smart 11 year old!

    1. puppychao Oct 9, 2009 08:33 AM

      There is definitely a limited selection of good Chinese Restaurants in the West Valley. There are even fewer options if you're looking for a private room. I haven't been to Yang Chow in a long time, but the last time I was there is was not good.

      I would also recommend A&W Seafood in Northridge or Sam Woo in Van Nuys. Your definitely not going for the ambience at Sam Woo, but the food is closer to what you may find in SGV.

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        TomSwift Oct 8, 2009 04:23 PM

        Yang Chow has dumbed down their formerly good food to satisfy American tastes (read: little heat even for items designated "spicy"). Mandarin Tiger on Ventura in Tarzana is another choice, but again, it's pretty 1960's American tastes.

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        1. re: TomSwift
          LesThePress Oct 9, 2009 09:52 AM

          We lived in the West SF Valley for many years and tried Yang Chow and we did not like it. We don't care for any of the Chinese restaurants in the SF Valley, except the following.

          The best Chinese we've had in the Valley is at A & W Seafood at 9306 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA (818) 882-6668. I don't think they have a private room but it's a large and beautiful place that I'm sure they could section off an area for you. We used to go often and were never disappointed with either the food or service. It's better than any of the Chinese Restaurants where we live now, it would sure be nice if they opened a branch in Conejo Valley!!

          BTW, We tried their Dim Sum but found it lacking to Chinatown and SG Valley standards. Even VIP Seafood in WLA is better. No good Dim Sum in the SF or Conejo valleys.


          1. re: LesThePress
            TomSwift Oct 9, 2009 10:18 AM

            Agree about A&W Seafood. If the OP wants to go further west, Hunan on TO Blvd. in TO is really pretty good. They have a menu in Chinese which the chef''s wife will translate for you.

        2. maxzook Oct 8, 2009 04:18 PM

          Linking Elite ...

          Elite Restaurant
          700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

          Yang Chow
          6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

          1. maxzook Oct 8, 2009 04:13 PM

            I'm sure I won't be the first to tell you that you won't find anything west of the 405 to compare with the best places in the San Gabriel Valley.

            In my experience, the best Chinese in your area is Yang Chow, an offshoot of a well-known eatery in Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown that is best known for their slippery shrimp. I think they have a private room, or at the very least a banquet-sized table with a lazy Susan.

            Would a trip to Monterey Park be unreasonable? (About 32 miles according to Google Maps). If it's possible, consider Elite Restaurant for authentic -- and high-quality -- Chinese. Your foodie-in-the-making is old enough to start learning the difference.

            Elite Restaurant
            700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

            Yang Chow
            6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91303

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            1. re: maxzook
              CynGriff Oct 8, 2009 04:17 PM

              I know that too...It's a location logicistics thing...some of the party is more interested in convenient driving than really good food! (harumph)...Yang Chow is a good idea...I used to go there when I was a kid! Thanks so much!

              1. re: maxzook
                ozhead Oct 8, 2009 04:25 PM

                Yang Chow on Topanga definitely has a private room -- it's to the right as you walk in, with the main dining room to the left. No, it's not as good as you're going to find in the SGV, but I'll bet for a party of 15, with some advance planning, they can put out a bunch of good dishes for you.

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