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MaxTartuffo May 27, 2013 08:33 AM

Hello C-Hounders,

Any opinions on good Chinese in the Beverly Hills area? Never been to Mr. Chow. No idea if it rates.

Many thanks in advance!

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    xoxohh May 27, 2013 09:17 AM

    Mr. Chow is high end Chinese with all the stuffiness that goes along with it. Try Xian on Canon Dr., for a more "normal" experience.

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      Thor123 May 28, 2013 11:02 AM

      Xian is more "normal" but just ok. Mr. Chow is always fun, albeit a scene. That said, I have always had good service, good food and a good time. I think Chi-Lin would be a better choice. Recently opened by the founder of Joss in partnership with the Boa folks it is an over the top venue (in a good way for a fun vibe and scene) and the food is very promising with some unusual dishes. Keep in mind it has only been open for 2 weeks. For sure worth a trip in BH and much more interesting than any of the other options.

    2. Chandavkl May 27, 2013 09:47 AM

      No decent Chinese in Beverly Hills since Hong Kong Royale closed down over 20 years ago. (Surprisingly that restaurant lives on today in Carrollton, TX.) Wait until Hakkasan opens up this summer.

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        Dirtywextraolives May 27, 2013 10:23 AM

        Chi Lin?
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902755

        1. ipsedixit May 27, 2013 03:24 PM

          In BH, I would goto Joss before Mr. Chow.

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            Chandavkl May 27, 2013 04:01 PM

            Or Panda Express if there were one nearby.

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              ipsedixit May 27, 2013 04:13 PM

              Now, you're beginning to sound like me.

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                kevin May 27, 2013 05:01 PM

                Yeah. Budddy.

                Panda Express.

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                  latindancer May 27, 2013 07:40 PM

                  Or head a little east and hit Genghis Cohen for the shrimp with walnuts which I'm craving right about now.

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                    chris1621 May 30, 2013 11:28 AM

                    Mmmmm. I love the Spicy Cilantro Shrimp at Genghis Cohen.

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                      Thor123 May 30, 2013 02:17 PM

                      Genghis is a lot of fun, but would not consider it great Chinese.

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                  J.L. May 27, 2013 09:19 PM

                  Second Joss in the BH area.

                3. westsidegal May 27, 2013 10:02 PM

                  mr. chow is for celebrity watching and for jettisoning a lot of money.
                  the food, however, is not their strong suit.
                  they serve a number of very good champagnes by the glass at phenomenal prices.

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                    kevin May 28, 2013 02:56 PM

                    Thanks for the note on champagne at very good prices. do they serve "ace of spades" and stuff like that by the glass ?

                    and if they serve opus one by the glass, i'm so there, though it would be at least 50 bones per glass ?

                    is there an online wine list/champagne list ?

                    thanks again for that tip in case i'm stranded there.

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                      Thor123 May 28, 2013 03:23 PM

                      I think she meant "phenomenally high" prices. Nothing is cheap at Mr. Chow. Just guessing cuz I have not looked at the wine list, but reasonably confident.

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                        kevin May 28, 2013 03:29 PM

                        My bad. You are correct. She probably just meant they had a great list, but the prices were still high (as in, most restaurants usually do not have a great and extensive list of champagnes).

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                          Servorg May 28, 2013 03:44 PM

                          I wonder if Spago is still doing that - open champagne bottle in hand, waiter asking if you would like a glass deal? Only later do you get hit with the $25 dollar a glass charge on your bill and realize it was not a gratis...

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                            kevin May 28, 2013 03:54 PM

                            Damn, isn't that what they do at Madeo too ? except with the limoncello or grappa ?

                            And at Spago in this day and age it would have to be a slap in the cranium via a $50 charge.

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                              Servorg May 28, 2013 04:08 PM

                              Yeah, it was probably $50 and I'm just not recalling the exact price. Too "tricky Dicky" for my comfort...

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                                Thor123 May 28, 2013 04:17 PM

                                The drink prices at Spago are ridiculous. They pour a thimble. Its was almost comical. We complained and the next round was a normal sized drink. When the bill came, we realized that they had poured two thimbles and charged $30 a drink!

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                                  kevin May 28, 2013 04:23 PM

                                  Damn.

                                  Somebody's got to pay the rent for the prime real estate they got going there. And celebrities, who knows may be comped, so us rubes are stuck with the ultimate bill.

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                        westsidegal May 29, 2013 09:08 PM

                        definitely i wasn't clear.
                        i meant champagne at phenomenally EXPENSIVE prices.

                        the champagne cart is a big money-earner for them. they wheel the thing around to every table in the restaurant asking if anyone wants champagne. no prices are ever mentioned until the bill comes.'the champagne, no matter how much the table orders is priced at the btg price.
                        NOT a place to get reasonably priced champagne.

                        for that, i'd go to Fig during one of their FIG AT FIVE happy hour-- every glass or bottle of wine is half off.

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                      BSW6490 May 28, 2013 07:32 AM

                      Chi-Lin is a new high end Chinese from the founder of Joss. Spectacular room and a better experience than Mr. Chow.

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                        manku May 28, 2013 03:43 PM

                        Xian is good...maybe not to "chowhounds", but virtually everyone I've taken there leaves happy and satisfied. Their Peking Duck is pretty good...and at under $20 for a half with pancakes a pretty good deal for BH.

                        Just go with modest expectations...

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                          Thor123 May 28, 2013 03:48 PM

                          We take out from Xian (and eat in) probably once a month. Its good (not cheap) but not special. The food at Joss is much better but its small an no bar. Chi-Lin may ??? be a winner. To early to tell. Its a bit more expensive than Xian but a much more unique experience. I actually think Le Chine Wok at the top of Beverly Glen is a better choice than Xian (again no bar).

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                            kevin May 28, 2013 03:54 PM

                            What was the name of the new Chinese restaurant with all of the luscious eye candy ?

                            Thanks.

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                              chowseeker1999 May 29, 2013 08:50 PM

                              Chi-Lin.

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