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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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    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 Sep 26, 2012 07:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

          1. re: Tripeler
            TonyC 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 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 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 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 Sep 26, 2012 08:40 PM

          How long do you give these guys?

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

                And Loving Hut.

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

                  Loving Hut is not going anywhere.

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

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

                2. re: TonyC
                  JThur01 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).

          2. ipsedixit 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 Aug 8, 2012 11:51 AM

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

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