Imperial City Opening Next to San Gabriel Hilton
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.
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.