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Chinese - Upscale and good

Looking for a good chinese restaurant in LA that has a nice decor and feels a little more "upscale." I LOVE dingtaifung but it isn't appropriate for the occasion that im trying to arrange. Thanks.

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    1. Are you also hoping for food like DTF? If so, I don't think going to a Cantonese place will work for the food (although it'll do nicely for the decor).

      1. I think you need to be more specific.

        Do you want a place like DTF? are you talking about the type of food? the decor? (DTF is upscale?)

        Are you looking for banquet style?

        Any specific type of chinese food?

        etc etc...

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        1. re: blimpbinge

          The type of Chinese food is less relevant. Good anything (canto, Taiwanese, Shanghainese, northeastern, etc) will suffice. Nice atmosphere is key.

          1. Hakkasan (decor > food)

            Chi-Lin (decor >>> food)

            Sea Harbour (food >>>>>> decor)

            Elite (food >>> decor)

            Lunasia (food > decor)

            There you go!

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Nice job, that's it in a nut shell.

                1. re: ilysla

                  He has a knack for pithing people off, alright...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    And how long did it take you to come up w/ that gem??? ;)

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        US math and logic scores continue to slip...news at 11

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Whatever. You could've thought it up on some rainy day and been waiting to use it! Wait a minute.... ;)

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Mr. T was noting there was a 3 hour difference between ipse's post and yours. Thus "no more than 3 hours." But your response was to ilysla so it should be "no more than 1 hour (or whatever time stamp was between the two)." ;)

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    I agree with the summary but if DTF isn't nice enough decor wise I don't know if Elite or Sea Harbour would cut it.

                    There is gaudy "nice" at Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village. Otherwise Hakkassan was probably built for the OP's occasion.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      You're right. SNo1 was a glaring omission.



                      Shanghai No. 1 (food = decor)

                  3. Has anyone here been to Chi Lin on Sunset? Apparently
                    Yujean Kang is the chef there. His former restaurant in Pasadena was upscale Chinese, and from what I remember, very good

                    Sorry, he's not chef ther anymore

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                    1. re: budlit

                      Let's just say it's still good for a drink at the bar...

                      1. re: J.L.

                        I assume you're referring to Chi Lin; Yujean Kang's closed its doors more than a year ago.

                        1. re: Jack Flash

                          Yujean Kang (the man) was the opening chef at Chi Lin. He didn't stay for more than a couple of months.

                      2. re: budlit

                        As Ipse's rating shows, the decor there is very good. However, the food there is borderline--possibly the equal of a San Gabriel Valley lunch special meal.

                      3. There's upscale and upscale; we tend to be put off by show-offy decor and too damn many mirrors. One of our favorite places, with excellent food and pleasant atmosphere is Chang's Garden, around the corner from DTF on Duarte Road. Mostly Shanghainese, and the staff is welcoming and friendly.

                        Fancier than that is Empress Harbor in Monterey Park, upstairs in the building on the NW corner of Atlantic and Garvey. Pa-in-law used to take us all to dim sum there for years, but then we introduced him to 888 and didn't go back for years, until we went with some Chinese/Taiwanese friends. There had been a change in ownership, the food was hugely improved, and the new owners actually came over, introduced themselves, and asked how everything was. All but unheard-of.

                        I believe both establishments take reservations; there might be a minimum number at dim sum, but I don't know about dinner.

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                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Chang's has taken a precipitous drop in quality recently. Switcheroo in kitchen help. New amigos.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Say it ain't so, Joe! We dropped in for lunch sometime in October and it was as good as ever … on the other hand, we've never managed to get the Posse together to do dinner there, so all we've had has been five or six lunches. And I know those places tend to have a shift change between lunch and dinner.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            Upscale? Maybe, probably yes.

                            Good? No.

                            1 out of 2 ain't bad. If you're playing baseball.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              That didn't take long. Have not been for several years. However, on the few past occasions I was there I had a good time (although the food is not memorable).

                              1. re: Thor123

                                Nowadays, you can go to Chi-Lin, pay about 20% less, get better ambiance and better food.

                                Was at Mr. Chow a couple of months ago, I could've sworn our Peking Duck was a Kate Moss stand-in in a former life. So scrawny and small. Ick.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Good enough for me ( by that I mean your critique). Only been to Chi Lin once, during the soft opening. It was ok. Chef change since then. Do you endorse?

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    I was there in November. Based on that one experience, if given the choice between Mr. Chow and Chi-Lin, the latter all the way, every day.

                                    Plus, much better eye candy at Chi-Lin. Enough to make you want and wish you had gone to Planned Parenthood before entering the room.

                                      1. re: Thor123

                                        Hakkasan > Chi-Lin > [insert random restaurant] > Mr. Chow

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          >> [insert random restaurant]

                                          That restaurant/person's living room that we walked by in Sichuan province which had a window to the street with a tray of meat covered with a thin cloth to keep the flies off the half carved old roasted dog carcass.

                                          Mr Taster

                                        2. re: Thor123

                                          No comparison. Hakkasan food is quite good. I would rank their dim sum slightly below Lunasia, Sea Harbour, Elite and King Hua, but above Capital Seafood, 888 or NBC. I would rate Tasty Garden higher than Chi Lin.

                                        3. re: ipsedixit

                                          At least you are being responsible

                                2. re: Thor123

                                  I like mr chows. I don't live in Rosemead.

                                  1. re: jessejames

                                    I like Sea Harbour and I don't live in Rosemead.

                                3. WP-24 is by far the nicest Chinese restaurant in the LA area. And the food is high quality. I have eaten there twice and enjoyed both experiences.

                                  I understand why it's not a Chowhound favorite. You can have a tastier, more exciting meal in the SGV for 1/5 the price. But WP-24 blows away all the SGV restaurants on factors such as atmosphere, plating, and wine list. (I can't praise the service, unfortunately; it was memorably bad in my last meal there.)

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                                  1. re: AlkieGourmand

                                    I don't really consider WP-24 to be Chinese.

                                    Don't get me wrong, I like the place (food is good enough and interesting for the most part) and the room and view are outstanding, but the menu is too schizophrenically Asian to be considered just "Chinese".

                                    To say WP-24 is Chinese would be like describing the Joker as just some guy who uses too much white foundation.

                                    And, don't get me wrong, I think the Joker is one of best DC villains of all time.

                                  2. Too bad the Mandarin is gone. That would be perfect.

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