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Philippe Chow on Melrose-Has anyone tried it?

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Saw this on Travelzoo & wondering if I should pull the trigger:

For $69, get a 3-course dinner for 2 at Philippe Chow's namesake restaurant on Melrose, regularly $145
Enjoy two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts, plus coffee or tea
Choose to split the popular Peking duck entree for 2 (in lieu of 2 entrees)
Philippe Chow is frequented by celebs such as Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, Charlize Theron and more.

http://philippechow.com

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  1. I thought the food was decent--better than that at his former boss's place, Mr. Chow, in Beverly Hills-but not really worth the regular menu price let alone up to SGV standards in terms of taste. However, if you are curious about the place, the Travelzoo deal makes the try relatively painless even if it turns out to be a bust. The night I was there, about a year ago, was rather quiet so I cannot vouch for the likelihood of any celebs, if that was the draw.

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    Mr. Chow
    344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    1. Abominable.
      But no more (or less) abominable than Mr. Chow, so if you like Mr. Chow you may like this offshoot (weed, perhaps).
      The much vaunted Peking Duck was a joke, not even close in taste or texture to the real thing [it looked like a (Peking) duck but did not quack like one].

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      Mr. Chow
      344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        I went when they first opened and I actually thought the duck was pretty good, expensive, but good. I had them pack up all the bones for me and made jook out of it the next day :o)

      2. My first review - A while back, when it first opened:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662321

        1. $69 for two sounds like a pretty good deal for there...

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          1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

            A matter of perspective... $69 for mediocre (at best) Chinese food?

            You're paying for the (potential) celeb quotient.

            Their duck has since gone downhill.

            1. re: J.L.

              I haven't gone since when they first opened, so to hear that the duck and everything else has gone downhill is a very bad sign. Well, I guess I didn't like it enough to go back;o)

              1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

                I went about a year after they opened - the duck sucked.