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

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just a notice.

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

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    1. re: J.L.

      It was closed, they ran out of dishes.

      Oh, well...

      And so it goes.

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

      1. re: kevin

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

        1. re: wienermobile

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

          1. re: TheOffalo

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

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        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

          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

            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

          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

            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

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

              1. re: nosh

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

                 
                1. re: J.L.

                  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

                    Get thee to the genius bar already.

                    1. re: nosh

                      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

                        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

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

                          1. re: J.L.

                            yeah. Leave JL alone.

                            He works hard for the money.

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                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

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

                      2. re: nosh

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

                        1. re: nosh

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

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                1. re: nosh

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

                  1. re: ilysla

                    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

                      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

                        No protein. Just scallions and some other greenery.

                        1. re: Chandavkl

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

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Dan Dan noodles were 6 bux.

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

                  2. 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.

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                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      "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

                        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

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

                          1. re: Ciao Bob

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

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

                            1. re: kevin

                              Guacamole chips beer more if nec

                            2. re: Ciao Bob

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

                          2. re: Ciao Bob

                            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. 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).

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                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                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.