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Imperial City Opening Next to San Gabriel Hilton

Chandavkl Aug 7, 2012 12:56 PM

In what has the potential to be a whopper of a restaurant, Imperial City is getting ready to open in the shopping center adjacent to the San Gabriel Hilton. Now this is not a new restaurant space, as the site was previously occupied by the fake Little Sheep restaurant and its successors. which despite the succession of restaurants names, I presume to have been one continuous operation. But that space is quite large, quite possibly underutilized by the Fake Sheep restaurants, and it looks like a very sizable restaurant is going to emerge in that third floor space. They may be a ways from opening, but the exterior signage is up and it caught my eye such that I climbed up to take a peek.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Aug 7, 2012 09:07 PM

    Gawd, I hope it's not related to the Imperial City in Texas.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Chandavkl RE: ipsedixit Aug 8, 2012 11:51 AM

      On the other hand, that jalepeno shrimp dish looks rather interesting.

    2. Chandavkl RE: Chandavkl Sep 26, 2012 01:57 PM

      Thanks to TonyC for the heads up that Imperial City has quickly built out and opened up. This is a hot pot restaurant like its Fake Sheep and subsequent successors at this location (indeed the smiling fake sheep etched on the door is still there), and I would advise TonyC to put this at the top of his watch list. I walked in a little after noontime today, and I was their only customer for the entire time I was there. Nothing particularly remarkable about this place, except perhaps for the size (perhaps exaggerated by the fact that it was empty). Choice of 3 broths--I had the house broth and I only remember one of the others, ma la. House broth was OK. Can get pricey as ingredient cost adds up quickly--even with cheaper ingredients my lunch tab was almost $15. The paper thin bean curd skin was the best of the group I chose. But unless they do a lot of promotional work, I don't think many people are going to climb up to the third floor to dine here. Address is 227 W. Valley Blvd., #348.

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      1. re: Chandavkl
        TonyC RE: Chandavkl Sep 26, 2012 07:52 PM

        But didja like their uniforms? It's tres authentic Beijing fauxpulence isn't it?

        1. re: TonyC
          Chandavkl RE: TonyC Sep 26, 2012 08:28 PM

          Well for us older folks it reeks too much of the Hop Sing stereotype.

          1. re: TonyC
            Tripeler RE: TonyC Sep 26, 2012 09:15 PM

            However, very good of you to use the word "fauxpulence." Impressive!

            1. re: Tripeler
              TonyC RE: Tripeler Sep 26, 2012 09:53 PM

              If only I would've thought it up 3 weeks earlier I would've trademarked the portmanteau : https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid...

              1. re: TonyC
                Mr Taster RE: TonyC Sep 26, 2012 10:26 PM

                First the Shanghainese fauxpulence of No. 1 Seafood Village, and now this...

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster
                  TonyC RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2012 10:51 AM

                  Take the Mrs, and take 1 for the team. Maybe they'll have good SJB. But maybe we still won't care.

                  NB: someone related to Shanghailander Palace posted a 1-star review on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/user_details?user... so yah, the war is on.

                  1. re: TonyC
                    JThur01 RE: TonyC Sep 27, 2012 05:12 PM

                    Taking the "there can be only one" a bit too literally perhaps? I would think Shanghai No. 1 and Shanghailander would have their own piece of the dim-sum and dinner pie, ESGV vs. WSGV.

          2. re: Chandavkl
            granadafan RE: Chandavkl Sep 26, 2012 08:40 PM

            How long do you give these guys?

            1. re: granadafan
              Chandavkl RE: granadafan Sep 26, 2012 09:43 PM

              Well if they don't create some kind of buzz, maybe 3 months. But TonyC is the expert on things like that.

              1. re: Chandavkl
                TonyC RE: Chandavkl Sep 26, 2012 09:50 PM

                ipsedixit beats me on the over/under accuracy.

                It'd be interesting to see which pot crumbles faster: Imperial City, or My Way Hot Pot

                Then again, H&H is still open...

                1. re: TonyC
                  Chandavkl RE: TonyC Sep 26, 2012 11:09 PM

                  And Loving Hut.

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Sep 27, 2012 07:51 PM

                    Loving Hut is not going anywhere.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Chandavkl RE: ipsedixit Sep 27, 2012 08:57 PM

                      No, but it was on the watch list when it opened.

                  2. re: TonyC
                    JThur01 RE: TonyC Sep 27, 2012 05:14 PM

                    I'll go with My Way simply because of the location. With Happy Garden closing, it takes out the only stability in that plaza (well, aside from Lee's).

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