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Mandarin Kitchen Westwood -- Kaput?

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  • nosh Jul 28, 2011 02:54 PM
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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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  1. 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

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

      1. 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. Just called them -- they are now OPEN.

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

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          1. re: nosh

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

            1. re: Servorg

              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).

          2. 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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            1. re: Bjartmarr

              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.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                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.

                1. re: nosh

                  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

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    I stand corrected, by the expert.

                  2. re: nosh

                    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.