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Hop Woo - Olympic & Sepulveda

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Is this place any good? Or alternatives nearby would be appreciated. Sorry I tried using search but to no avail.

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  1. Well since it's a branch of a Chinatown operation it is a cut above the typical Westside Chinese restaurant, though not in the class of J. R. Seafood (11901 Santa Monica Bl.) or the Hop Woo in Chinatown. Some of the stuff is good, some isn't--you just have to find what you like.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      I think, a while back, I has a few dishes - especially the roast pork - that weren't very good.

      Chandavkl, do you have any recommendations on what YOU like there? I pass it often, wishing it lived up to its promise of decent Westide Chinese BBQ.

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        I like the fish dishes. Didn't like the noodles.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          I was stuck there one lunch and sat down at Hop Woo. Took awhile to get someone's attention. Ordered the shredded pork with garlic sauce as a lunch special. Hot'n'sour soup was pretty good. Entree portion was generous and tasty. It was a bit more expensive than Cheng Du on Pico between Barrington and Gateway, and not as tasty or friendly, but ok. Tables nearby seemed happier with roasted duck and chinese vege dishes, and they have a special for larger orders.

        2. re: Chandavkl

          What is bad off the menu? Every restaurant has it's bad and goods..... I'm interested in what to avoid.

          from the last meal, the Pepper-Salt Fried Porkchop 椒鹽炸排骨 (P:jiao yan zha pai gu) wasn't very good.

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        3. its not too bad considering the competition it faces on the westisde (or lack thereof). lol. if i am in the mood for a quick cantonese meal and do not want to drive east, i usually go to hop woo.

          bottomline......the food is good, but do not expect anything stellar.

          1. Hop Woo is sort of a lower-rung Chinese place, including the one in Chinatown, which is pretty much the same as the Olympic one, so I don't understand why people keep posting that the Chinatown one is better. The food is heavy and tastes like it's been sitting around even if it was just cooked.
            However, it's considered good for the westside. At least it's authentic.
            There's also Hop Li on Pico by the westside pavilion; it's a little Americanized, but what ya gonna do.
            For Northern Chinese, try Hu's Szechwan on National. Some of their dishes are really good, ie, cheng pi chicken, yu hsiang eggplant.

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            1. re: slacker
              Andy (美國土子)

              slacker, I disagree with your assessment of Hop Woo Chinatown. I've been to it 2x in the last 2 months and I've food to be very good. However, I would consider it lower rung... it's not clean enough for my standards.. nor does the cheesy tourist decor score any points. It setup to attract tourists but food is authentic and wonderfully good. The last two times, we ordered mostly off the wall (daily specials written in Chinese only) and have found the food to be exceptional....

              for those interested, I've got a couple of reviews and pics in my blog.

              Hop Woo Chinatown Visit 1

              Hop Woo Chinatown Visit 2

              I also have a 3rd post coming up, but it about the tourist and Chinese restaurant culture/operations aspect.....

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              1. re: Andy (美國土子)

                I have been to Hop Woo in Chinatown too many times, not a mere twice in the last month kind of experience. Eat in and take out. It's the same bad heavy food as the Olympic one.

            2. Just went to hop woo and got the salt and pepper squid, which was lousy. And the "chicken in black bean sauce and spice" which was mediocre. Damn. Hop Li is much more pleasing, if I can remember. Still, you should avoid chinese and go persian if you're in the neighborhood -- right?

              1. I ordered "special beef fillet"and realized I was eating liver. The waiter and manager stonewalled when confronted, finally admitted "but beef filet is small meat"!!! Moreover, the sause, marked as spicy had no spice or heat whatever, and was just OK. Rockfish, I forget which one, was fresh and ample but the sauce was bland and disappointing.

                1. I used to go all the time but I swear in the summer of 2007, they changed chefs or something. It was suddenly downhill. The change was a few months before they got shut down by the health department late last year.

                  1. Oh, here are some other nearby places.

                    HongKong cafe on sawtelle across Nijiya.
                    Lin's for a healthier Chinese on Pico just east of Barrington.
                    Cheng Du (or something like that) just a block east from Lin's on the same side of the street.
                    and like someone mentioned Hop Li and JR cafe.

                    1. this place is weirdo. only coz it doesn't completely suck figuring there is absolutely NO chinese food on the westside. but my history of it where it wasn't awful was when my aunt and uncle have gone with me and my family and spoke perfect dialect chinese to the waiters and we got good food. there won ton soup doesn't suck and the one other time i ate there and it wasn't bad was when i caught them all eating lunch noodle soup from the back and i asked them to give me what they were having. i dunno. go figure. i just choose not to eat chinese on the westside where i live. oh well.

                      1. With the demise of JR on Sta. Monica (replaced by Hop Li-- awful), Hop Woo is IMHO the best Cantonese Chinese restaurant on the Westside. The regular menu dishes are like what one will find in Chinatown in terms of quality and variety. But you can order off menu and get a superior meal. Ask the manager for suggestions. We had a very good Chinese NY banquet there, none of the dishes were from the menu and everyone was good. But for the life of me I can't remember what we had that night other than the entire table of picky eaters was happy. I do remember having a Tilapia jook there once that was quite good. Like I said... off menu.