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May 27, 2013 08:33 AM

Chinese in Beverly Hils? Mr. Chow?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: xoxohh

      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. 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.

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

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Or Panda Express if there were one nearby.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Now, you're beginning to sound like me.

                1. re: Chandavkl

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

                  1. re: latindancer

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

                    1. re: chris1621

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: westsidegal

                    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.

                    1. re: kevin

                      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.

                      1. re: Thor123

                        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).

                        1. re: kevin

                          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...

                          1. re: Servorg

                            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.

                            1. re: kevin

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

                              1. re: Servorg

                                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!

                                1. re: Thor123


                                  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.

                      2. re: kevin

                        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.