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Mandarin Kitchen Westwood -- Kaput?

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nosh Jul 28, 2011 02:54 PM

Mandarin Kitchen has been mentioned on this board for the best Chinese food in W.L.A. I really liked their lunch combos, which included my favorite hot'n'sour soup. Alas, they seem to be closed with a note on their door that says something about a kitchen remodel. The date they were supposed to re-open seems to have passed.

Anybody have info?

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Mandarin Kitchen
1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    Bjartmarr Aug 3, 2011 04:54 PM

    I went by Mandarin Kitchen about a month ago, and I don't understand the attraction. Seeing as how it's *Mandarin* Kitchen, I ordered beef soup with noodles -- usually a safe choice. The beef soup was dishwatery; the noodles were tiny and made of some type of yellow edible plastic.

    I wasn't expecting SGV-quality, or even Chinatown quality; but I had kind of hoped that the food would be good enough that I might want to eat there again sometime.

    I can't condemn them on the basis of one dish...but seriously, guys, what am I missing here?

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    Mandarin Kitchen
    1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      Chandavkl Aug 3, 2011 07:07 PM

      This is no Mandarin restaurant, it's Cantonese. I presume they use the name to humor the locals. The old rule applies about not ordering non-Cantonese food from a Cantonese restaurant and vice versa.

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        nosh Aug 3, 2011 10:28 PM

        I think the name is a holdover from several prior failed enterprises. Not every dish is a winner -- the chili sauce and the kung pao are boring with too many onions and green bell peppers. But the Mongolian beef is very good, the chicken or shrimp with mixed vegetables and spicy garlic sauce has good quality protein and a wide variety of veggies, and their hot and sour soup is unthickened and has a nice zing.

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          Chandavkl Aug 3, 2011 10:36 PM

          Nah. Mandarin Kitchen succeeded Lu's Kitchen. Prior occupants of that spot were Wok Fast, Maxim Express and Hong Kong Restaurant.

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          Mandarin Kitchen
          1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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            nosh Aug 4, 2011 01:28 PM

            I stand corrected, by the expert.

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            selenster Mar 6, 2012 12:25 PM

            Agreed w/ the above - some of the better hot & sour soup I've had in CA, and the Mongolian beef is surprisingly good. The dumplings/potstickers are lovely as well.

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        nosh Jul 30, 2011 01:35 PM

        Just called them -- they are now OPEN.

        And they say that they will be open normal hours and days.

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          Servorg Jul 30, 2011 01:42 PM

          I gotta find out who their contractor was...talk about an efficient remodel! ;-D>

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            ZoeZ Aug 3, 2011 12:52 PM

            Wilson and the gang are back in business after their kitchen remodel - just waiting for lunch to be delivered - pot stickers, war wonton soup, pork and preserved egg porrige and mongolian beef. Wilson suggested the shredded pork as well. The place has the definite
            YUM factor (and this is after Mme Z and I had a spanking lunch yesterday at Capital Seafood on Garvey in Monterey Park - another absolutely delicious place for foodies who want delicious and very inexpensive ($21 for two and a pile of food).

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          ZoeZ Jul 30, 2011 07:58 AM

          When I tried to order delivery last Sunday, the answering machine said that the kitchen was being remodeled - their jook is just the BEST. Wound up ordering from Jin Jiang - very ordinaire as my Mum would have said. Hope Wilson and the gang will be back soon.

          1. J.L. Jul 29, 2011 10:19 PM

            Did a drive-by tonight (but I didn't eat there)... Their "Open" sign was lit up!

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              maudies5 Jul 28, 2011 08:18 PM

              We love Mandarin Kitchen. I hope that this really is a "kitchen remodel."
              Until then, I will eat next door at Eduardo's, which has damn good Mexican fresh food. Although, it's not Chinese.:(

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              Mandarin Kitchen
              1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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