What is "Pine & Crane"?
- ipsedixit May 16, 2014 07:35 PM
Jeopardy Daily Double:
"The best Chinese restaurant for under $15 outside of San Gabriel Valley"
Yes, it's Pine & Crane. Maybe even without the $15 qualifier, as I think it's right there with Hakkasan.
Killer bowl of zhajiang mian, too.
Good, select selection of loose leaf teas as well.
Pine & Crane
(in the former Cru location in Silver Lake)
Of course they were "just ok". It's Silver Lake. For the area, it's pretty darn good. Maybe even really good. For SGV, it would be "where's Shau Mei?"
As to other items of note, the sweet potato leaves and the minced pork on rice were great, esp. together (and with a drizzle of table-side artisan soy sauce). I am told the pot stickers and the scallion pancakes (not the beef roll) were barely passable. Even for Silver Lake.