HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What are you cooking today? Tell us about it
TELL US

That chinese restaurant is now open in the CC mall (calling the chinese food gurus)

k
kevin Dec 21, 2013 08:52 PM

just a notice.

  1. omotosando Jan 15, 2014 06:34 PM

    Went today for a late lunch and really wanted to like it, but didn't.

    Found the patio seating uncomfortable and the music ghastly (maybe it's better when it is crowded and loud enough so that you can't actually hear the music). I couldn't quite identify the genre of music -- it wasn't rock, it wasn't jazz, it wasn't classical, but it was just this bad vocal music (maybe "easy listening" or something).

    The server was overly friendly in a fake way and big on trying to upsell. Can I start you with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc? (I hope I don't look like an alcoholic, because I can't imagine who else dining solo at 2:00 p.m. would order a glass of crappy wine). Mediocre wine list, but that goes without saying.

    On to the food. Didn't like the pickled vegetables at all - took a taste and left them. Bland and with a kind of weird, off taste.

    The spicy chicken wasn't exactly bad, but it wasn't great either. Huge portion - I always prefer smaller portions and higher quality to quantity. The chicken pieces were too big and they were slightly overcooked. It wasn't terrible, but nothing crave worthy. It wasn't particularly spicy, but did have a Szechuan pepper kick.

    I will be curious to see how this place does, but I won't be returning.

    3 Replies
    1. re: omotosando
      J.L. Jan 15, 2014 07:12 PM

      The music is from its predecessor restaurant, Ummba - Brazilified, I'd call it.

      1. re: J.L.
        Servorg Jan 15, 2014 07:20 PM

        Thongs a lot for explaining the music genre...

        1. re: J.L.
          omotosando Jan 15, 2014 07:33 PM

          The music was in English though. Portuguese would have at least been interesting. So they bought the music licensing agreement as well as the lease?

      2. c
        csh123 Jan 13, 2014 04:29 AM

        CC refers to century city, or culver city? Located near which store/floor?

        9 Replies
        1. re: csh123
          Servorg Jan 13, 2014 05:32 AM

          Century City Mall by the dining deck next to the theaters http://www.westfield.com/centurycity/...

          1. re: Servorg
            c
            csh123 Jan 13, 2014 08:29 PM

            Is walk-in OK or need reservation-crowded? No dim sum? This reminds me there might have been Chinese restaurant here long time ago?

            1. re: csh123
              J.L. Jan 13, 2014 08:37 PM

              Walk-in: OK

              Dim sum is Cantonese food - This is Sichuanese.

              It is located in the location of the previous tenant: Ummba Brazilian Cuisine.

              Because you asked for it on another thread, csh123: The dan dan mien at Meizhou Dongpo is "Westside spicy" (AKA: 0.5/10), and the noodles are limp.

              1. re: J.L.
                ipsedixit Jan 13, 2014 08:59 PM

                0.5/10?

                Wow, decimals and fractions. Simultaneously, no less.

                Lots of math.

                Are you sure that isn't "Asian spicy" ...

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  J.L. Jan 13, 2014 09:19 PM

                  I was gonna give it a 1/10 (one out of ten) in spiciness, but then I thought that was being too generous.

                  So, I gave it a 0.5 out of 10.

                  Sorry ipse, I only scored 790 on my SAT math portion (old school scale). CalTech's loss is Chowhound's gain.

                  1. re: J.L.
                    ipsedixit Jan 13, 2014 09:37 PM

                    LOL.

                    We must've both scored low in the reading comprehension portion.

                    I was trying (unsuccessfully) to suggest because you made such a complicated mathematical number it couldn't be "Westside spicy" but had to be "Asian spicy" because we all know what Asians are good at ...

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      J.L. Jan 13, 2014 09:42 PM

                      What? There was a reading comprehension part?!

                      1. re: J.L.
                        ipsedixit Jan 13, 2014 09:48 PM

                        Like you said ... Chowhound's gain!

                    2. re: J.L.
                      Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2014 09:37 PM

                      The "bangbang" chicken and the Mung Bean "noodles" got to about 6/10 on my heat meter and both were quite good.

          2. n
            nosh Jan 6, 2014 06:36 PM

            Can anyone please post or provide a link to the menu? Not even on menupages... Are they open for lunch? Same menu? Any lunch specials?

            1 Reply
            1. re: nosh
              J.L. Jan 6, 2014 06:41 PM

              I took a bunch of menu photos during my trip to Meizhou Dongpo - will try to post later...

            2. Ciao Bob Jan 3, 2014 10:41 AM

              I managed to get seated and order almost the entire menu with a group of 5 last night. Mostly pretty great food, albeit commensurately priced for the area (vs. SGV) meaning about 50-70% more expensive on each dish. Other than the dumplings (pan fried pork and veggie) which were terrible, and the dan dan mein which was very "water-y," the rest was quite good.
              Sure, they could put (and in SGV or mainland, would put) put a whole lot more sichuan flowers/pepercorns in the food than they do - I'm guessing out of fear that the clientele will run from the numb.

              Chongching Chicken could use more red pepper and more sichuan pepper corn but it tasted great and came with little "french fries / matchsticks." The big pork hock with spices and ginger was fantastic but not like anything I ever saw in Chengdu.

              No water boiled dishes. That kind of sucked.

              I certainly will go back and make it clear to the clueless white servers to tell the chefs to make it more ma la (la la la).

              2 Replies
              1. re: Ciao Bob
                TonyC Jan 3, 2014 11:28 AM

                perhaps let them know spicy is "trendy" in America: http://business.time.com/2014/01/03/w... ?

                1. re: Ciao Bob
                  yizhang Jan 3, 2014 04:10 PM

                  I tried Meizhou Dongpo for lunch a couple of weeks ago and was really impressed by the quality considering that it is 1) on the westside and 2) way cheaper than Hakkasan, where I went the week before. I know that there are way better Sichuan restaurants in the SGV but I'm glad Westsiders can finally try some authentic Chinese food. The complexity of flavors in these dishes (although most are spicy, they are all spicy in different ways) is a new experience for many of my cohorts.

                  The Pork Hock was so tender and we were all fighting to get the sauce to pour over our rice. I also really liked the smokiness of the Dumplings.

                2. Ciao Bob Dec 30, 2013 08:37 AM

                  We tried to go last night at 6:45 - waits about an hour (for a large party, about 45 minutes for twos). Please don't tell me I should have gone to SGV to save both time and money -- I know that.

                  7 Replies
                  1. re: Ciao Bob
                    Servorg Dec 30, 2013 09:58 AM

                    "Please don't tell me I should have gone to SGV to save both time and money -- I know that."

                    And yet...(g) So what was your default dining destination?

                    1. re: Servorg
                      Ciao Bob Dec 30, 2013 10:07 AM

                      The surprisingly delicious Pink Taco.
                      Expensive but very tasty. I wish the table salsa was better but everything else was high quality. Excellent guacamole

                      HORNITOS SHRIMP - very good shrimp, great sauce
                      TAMARIND GLAZED SKEWERS - one of the few skewer dishes with tender moist chicken
                      and
                      CRISPY BRISKET TACOS - yum.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        j
                        jessejames Dec 30, 2013 10:09 AM

                        im with you - i wanted to hate pink taco but like it.

                        1. re: Ciao Bob
                          k
                          kevin Dec 30, 2013 04:11 PM

                          Really ???? Pink Taco was good ?????

                          Maybe I've been ordering the wrong dishes each and every time.

                          1. re: kevin
                            j
                            jessejames Dec 30, 2013 06:35 PM

                            Guacamole chips beer more if nec

                          2. re: Ciao Bob
                            d
                            Dirtywextraolives Jan 3, 2014 10:59 PM

                            Did you ask for the hot salsa? The hot salsa is better and really has some heat.

                        2. re: Ciao Bob
                          i
                          ilysla Dec 30, 2013 11:07 AM

                          Well, on a Saturday evening (and I know yesterday was Sunday), it would've taken you an hr just to get to the SGV.... So it was worth a try. =)

                        3. n
                          nosh Dec 22, 2013 03:15 PM

                          Can anyone find or post a menu, please (with prices)?

                          9 Replies
                          1. re: nosh
                            i
                            ilysla Dec 22, 2013 05:00 PM

                            Or, until that's available, can you post what you ordered and how much it all was, Chandavkl?

                            1. re: ilysla
                              c
                              Chandavkl Dec 22, 2013 05:25 PM

                              I had the fish in tomato sauce for $22. Also had what I believe was small spicy scallion dumplings which the menu listed as 4 for $4. However they gave me six.

                              1. re: Chandavkl
                                i
                                ilysla Dec 22, 2013 06:06 PM

                                Thanks.

                                Spicy scallion dumplings? Did they have some sort of protein as a filling?

                                Depending on the size of the fish, that doesn't sound *that* bad. 6 dumplings for $4 sounds good; 4 for $4, not so much. But the cost of gas during traffic would probably even things out quite a bit....

                                1. re: ilysla
                                  c
                                  Chandavkl Dec 22, 2013 06:54 PM

                                  No protein. Just scallions and some other greenery.

                                  1. re: Chandavkl
                                    ipsedixit Dec 22, 2013 07:02 PM

                                    Did you spy a pumpkin dumpling/bun dessert on the offing?

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      k
                                      kevin Dec 22, 2013 07:24 PM

                                      Dan Dan noodles were 6 bux.

                                      Most dishes in that 17 to 24 vein. And Pwking duck. 36 bucks about ?

                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                        c
                                        Chandavkl Dec 24, 2013 04:29 PM

                                        Only gweilo desserts.

                                        1. re: Chandavkl
                                          k
                                          kevin Dec 24, 2013 04:33 PM

                                          what are gweilo desserts ?????

                                          1. re: kevin
                                            c
                                            Chandavkl Dec 24, 2013 09:54 PM

                                            Stuff you'd find at P.F. Chang.

                            2. c
                              Chandavkl Dec 21, 2013 11:16 PM

                              Stopped by Meizhou Dongpo for lunch on Wednesday. As I tweeted from the location, I had never seen so many Chinese in Century City. Actually, I'd say that a little over half the clientele was Chinese. The good news is that the chefs look so fobbish that they probably would not be capable of tailoring their food for the Westside crowd. Quality and authenticity wise I thought the food was very good. Pricewise the food is probably worth half of what they charge. I need to go back and try some more stuff, but right now I'd say that Meizhou Dongpo and Hakkasan are clearly the best Chinese restaurants in WLA these days. Or probably to restate it, there is finally good Chinese food on the Westside if price is not a consideration. Service at Meizhou Dongpo is a problem though. The waiters (all hipsters when I was there) are nice, but the kitchen has a problem in cranking out the food.

                              18 Replies
                              1. re: Chandavkl
                                n
                                New Trial Dec 29, 2013 01:38 AM

                                Might just be me but I thought the spice level at my recent lunch there was more tailored to a perception of Westside tastes than I would have liked. The menu lists the "heat" for each dish with from 0 to 3 red peppers. I had Hot and Sour soup ($3.95, one pepper) which was pleasant but lacked bite, spicy dumplings ($6, two peppers) which had a slight kick and were good if a bit doughy, and, at the waiter's recommendation, the kung pao chicken ($15, can't recall if it was one or two peppers) which oddly tasted more of sweet than heat--tasty but not the flavor profile I expected, though it at least had the virtue of being very straightforward [chicken, peanuts, garlic, red chili, green onion and ginger--thankfully, no zucchini, bell peppers or carrots]. I have had more compelling versions of all three in the SGV and found stronger flavors even in Hu's and Yang Chow's renditions of the dishes. The food was good enough to warrant another try, perhaps going for the three pepper dishes or at least asking them to amp up the spice level for me. The place is attractive, with the bulk of the seating outside, and service was generally good; however, I did note that the waiters were all, gently, trying to upsell customers into ordering extra dishes and pushing the duck. It is a bit pricey--most entrees range from the mid-teens to the mid-twenties, with a few outliers--for the money, I think that the nearby Hakkasan does a better job but this is still a good addition to the area.

                                1. re: New Trial
                                  c
                                  Chandavkl Dec 29, 2013 09:20 AM

                                  The times I've been by at least half the patrons were Chinese and I suspect they would not accept toned down food. However I suspect they might do that for non Chinese groups. My son was with a mixed group and they asked to decrease the spice level, which is not something he'd want if he was there by himself.

                                  1. re: Chandavkl
                                    n
                                    New Trial Dec 29, 2013 12:01 PM

                                    Yes, there were several tables of Chinese patrons when I was there as well and they seemed quite content. Perhaps next time I will ask the waiter not to "white-out" my food...or, should that fail, ask one of the Chinese tables to order the food and sneak it to me when TPTB are not looking.

                                2. re: Chandavkl
                                  b
                                  BabyLitigator Jan 11, 2014 06:21 PM

                                  I'm curious why you think the food was worth half of what it costs (I've also been, and was impressed, esp. by the dan dan noodles). Rent in the space is likely insane (thus the crazy turnover of food places at the CC mall) and considering that, I suspect the food portion of the bill (as opposed the rent portion) is not significantly more than in the SGV. Nobody will ever be able to charge SGV prices if they are paying more than SGV per square foot rent; anyone hoping for that will just be disappointed.

                                  1. re: BabyLitigator
                                    c
                                    Chandavkl Jan 11, 2014 08:39 PM

                                    I was just commenting on the fact that the same dish would cost half as much in the SGV. Since I spend time on both the Westside and the SGV, I'm not limited to eating on the westside.

                                    1. re: Chandavkl
                                      n
                                      nosh Jan 11, 2014 09:46 PM

                                      Again (as below) -- can anyone find and post or link a menu, with prices? Please.

                                      1. re: nosh
                                        J.L. Jan 11, 2014 09:57 PM

                                        Here you go... Sorry it doesn't come with a scanning electron microscope.

                                         
                                        1. re: J.L.
                                          n
                                          nosh Jan 11, 2014 11:47 PM

                                          sorry -- thanks for the effort, but no way i can come close to reading that. and don't know how to enlarge on my iMac.

                                          1. re: nosh
                                            k
                                            kevin Jan 12, 2014 07:59 AM

                                            Get thee to the genius bar already.

                                            1. re: nosh
                                              c
                                              Chandavkl Jan 12, 2014 09:50 AM

                                              Well, try saving the picture and open it up in your photo viewing program. You should be able to enlarge, though I'm not sure how legible it would be.

                                              1. re: Chandavkl
                                                TheOffalo Jan 12, 2014 11:42 AM

                                                Unfortunately, CH stores even the "larger" picture as very low resolution. J.L. could upload the full size pic to a site like imgur.com and then paste a link to it.

                                                1. re: TheOffalo
                                                  J.L. Jan 12, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                  That's more work than I care to do on a Sunday, dude.

                                                  1. re: J.L.
                                                    k
                                                    kevin Jan 12, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                    yeah. Leave JL alone.

                                                    He works hard for the money.

                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                      TheOffalo Jan 12, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                      Alright fine. Here you go kevin: http://s23.postimg.org/qtnr80naj/imag...

                                                      1. re: TheOffalo
                                                        c
                                                        CulverJack Jan 12, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                        Nicely done!! Thanks for that clean copy. It's about what I feared. Will try it soon for the convenience factor. The $$$ will sting more than the chiles if it isn't very good, though.

                                                        1. re: CulverJack
                                                          J.L. Jan 12, 2014 09:55 PM

                                                          The chiles there won't sting. It's "Westside spicy", even on the "hotter" dishes, if you get my drift...

                                              2. re: nosh
                                                JeMange Jan 12, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                Hold down "command" and hit the "+" key. Continue hitting "+" until the letters get large and too blurry to read.

                                                1. re: nosh
                                                  ipsedixit Jan 12, 2014 07:38 PM

                                                  I dunno nosh, maybe you can give them call and ask them to e-mail you a copy of the menu?

                                                  Or maybe they can drop one off with the Pony Express when it makes its route past Little Santa Monica?

                                                  (310) 788-0120

                                      2. J.L. Dec 21, 2013 08:54 PM

                                        Why don't you go & report back, dude?

                                        4 Replies
                                        1. re: J.L.
                                          k
                                          kevin Dec 21, 2013 08:55 PM

                                          It was closed, they ran out of dishes.

                                          Oh, well...

                                          And so it goes.

                                          How was Shunji's tonight ??????

                                          1. re: kevin
                                            wienermobile Dec 21, 2013 09:27 PM

                                            I tried to go but they said they would not seat walk-in's.

                                            1. re: wienermobile
                                              TheOffalo Dec 21, 2013 10:04 PM

                                              I'm confused. Are you referring to the restaurant kevin's referring to in the OP (Meizhou Dongpo), or to Shunji?

                                              1. re: TheOffalo
                                                n
                                                New Trial Dec 21, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                I would presume the former as I was a walk-in at Shunji tonight without problem.

                                        Show Hidden Posts