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Best Cantonese/seafood in the SF Valley?

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BigBrother Dec 24, 2011 04:50 PM

Well, gotta say, I had a pretty resounding success last night finding a Sichuan place thanks to my thread here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824435

So, owing to the fact that I love Cantonese as well, I thought I'd give this a shot again.

Have been eating real cantonese recently on the east coast (various forms of steamed fish, whole shrimp, ginger scallion crab and lobster, etc.) and wanted to know what is, in your guys' opinion, the best and most authentic representative here in the SF Valley.

Thoughts?

Thanks all!

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  1. Chandavkl RE: BigBrother Dec 24, 2011 05:14 PM

    As noted in your other thread, Chinese is quite weak in the SFV. Best bet probably is A & W Seafood, 9306 Reseda Bl. in Northridge

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      selfportrait93 RE: Chandavkl Dec 24, 2011 07:16 PM

      or Sam Woo on Sepulveda and Victory Blvd.

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        Galen RE: selfportrait93 Dec 24, 2011 07:43 PM

        For "various forms of steamed fish, whole shrimp, ginger scallion crab and lobster" A&W Seafood. For chow mein, chow fun, won ton, and deli items like roast duck, char sui go to Sam Woo.

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          ebethsdad RE: Galen Dec 25, 2011 12:01 AM

          I have to agree with all of these. Apart from A&W and Sam Woo there isn't much to choose from.

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        Bob Brooks RE: Chandavkl Dec 25, 2011 12:31 PM

        Don't forget A&W BBQ, also on Reseda but just a few doors north of Sherman Way.

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        carter RE: BigBrother Dec 27, 2011 08:10 PM

        Many items on the Kung Pao Bistro menu in Studio City are Cantonese, and the food is very good, very tasty, and you don't have to drive to Northridge, west valley, etc.
        Soups superb, tofu dishes the best, etc.

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          ipsedixit RE: carter Dec 27, 2011 08:24 PM

          Completely disagree on Kun Pao Bistro.

          Not even very good compared to the likes of Yang Chow or Panda Express.

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            carter RE: ipsedixit Dec 28, 2011 11:10 AM

            You should come with me and I will prove it to you.
            Not the Sherman Oaks location, but the Studio City version on Ventura at Tujunga.
            Panda is truly awful, and Yang Chow, save its one famous dish, is likewise. And anyone in Studio City is not driving to Woodland Hills, nor vice versa for Chinese food.

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              ipsedixit RE: carter Dec 28, 2011 07:35 PM

              You may like and appreciate Kung Pao Bistro's food, but by all means do not mistake it for Chinese food, much less of the Cantonese variety.

              It's not just that Kung Pao Bistro has bad Canto food for the Valley, or Studio City, but that it just has bad Canto food even by Americanized Chinese food standards.

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                carter RE: ipsedixit Dec 28, 2011 08:57 PM

                You have to eat the food in the restaurant, and not have it delivered.
                Delivery is the kiss of death for all chinese restaurant recommendations.
                Note - seldom is it an option in the SGV and or Chinatown.
                While I have eaten more authentic food in the SGV, in selective venues, I have also tasted some horrendous stuff out that way.
                When poster asks about the SF Valley, then the means for comparison is different, and KP Bistro shines over most all, regardless of your nomenclature as to what it is or is not.
                It is very good food, and on Christmas eve, the place had a waiting line - somebody likes it.

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                  ipsedixit RE: carter Dec 28, 2011 09:17 PM

                  Well, now you're vacillating.

                  Popularity does not equate to good food, much less best Cantonese food. If crowds were the barometer, then Olive Garden would be the best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

                  And, like I said, you may consider it good food, even "very good food" as you say, but that, by itself, does not qualify it as the best Cantonese food.

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              Jwsel RE: ipsedixit Dec 28, 2011 09:35 PM

              I have to agree with ipsedixit. Kung Pao Bistro is not good. A&W is probably the best bet for what the OP is looking for.

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              westsidegal RE: carter Dec 28, 2011 02:06 PM

              respectfully disagree with the recommendation of Kung Pao Bistro.
              i've tried both the studio city location and the sherman oaks location.
              horrid, both of them

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                carter RE: westsidegal Dec 28, 2011 05:42 PM

                then you better stick with that being served on the west side!!!

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                  ipsedixit RE: carter Dec 28, 2011 08:12 PM

                  She'd definitely find better Cantonese food on the West side.

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