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Aug 7, 2012 12:56 PM

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.

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

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    1. re: ipsedixit

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

    2. 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

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

        1. re: TonyC

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

          1. re: TonyC

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

            1. re: Tripeler

              If only I would've thought it up 3 weeks earlier I would've trademarked the portmanteau :

              1. re: TonyC

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

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  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: so yah, the war is on.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    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.

            1. re: granadafan

              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

                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: ipsedixit

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

                  1. re: TonyC

                    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).