I have my Blackboard Eats code for this week and I haven't been to Chinois for a while. Any thing I should try?
2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Chinois experience is greatly enhanced if instead of family style service, you let your waiter plate each dish. Regulars do this all the time and the staff is more than willing to oblige. One other trick at Chinois is to order one dish at a time – don’t treat this as a Chinese restaurant and have 3 dishes at once. It is fine dining in a casual atmosphere.
Deep-fried Oysters with Cucumber Sauce and Salmon Pearls
Tempura Ahi Tuna with Uni sauce
Yellowtail sashimi with a yuzu, sesame and soy sauce
Barbecued Pork Ribs with sweet and sour Teriyaki Sauce and hot mustard sauce in a Chinese spoon
Roasted Cantonese Duck with Plum Sauce served with a Steamed Bao filled with stir fried Vegetables.
Duck Fried Rice
Pics here: (The pics from Halloween are really fun as the staff dresses to the hilt)
From blackboardeats.com offer:
"free trio of Chinois classics:
trio includes one martini of your choice, one signature Chinois chicken salad (or vegetarian option) and one crème brûlée dessert per person with the purchase of one entrée per person; available during lunch or dinner; max party: 6; dine-in only"
So certainly you should ( must? ) have the martini, the chicken salad and the crème brûlée.
At least once, you should try making reservations to sit at the counter and watch the cooks in action - it is worth the price of the meal if you are into cooking.