From authentic Cantonese dishes in Chinatown to decadent Beijing duck at upscale celebrity hotspots, Haute Living breaks down the top five chinese restaurants in the city. Greasy take out not included.
1 Mr Chow
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills is the ever so fabulously famous Chinese eatery, Mr. Chow. Mr. Chow is most known for being the celebrity go to Chinese restaurant all over the world with delicious specialties such as Chicken Sate, MR CHOW Noodles, Ma Mignon and the arguably the best Beijing Duck in the world. Executive Chef Eddie Wong has been loyal to the establishment for over thirty years and brings to you creative original recipes by mixing contemporary trendiness with old Beijing authenticity.
2 WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
On the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s Chinese fusion restaurant. Patrons will find themselves taking in the Los Angeles skyline while sifting through a menu of exotic dishes ranging from Crispy Suckling Pig with black plum puree, sweet bean and Chinese 10 Spice to “Angry” Two-Pound Live Maine Lobster ($15 Supp.) with spicy Szechuan Chilies, fried garlic, scallions and black bean dust. Puck’s time spent in the Far East is evident with his mix of Chinese, Japanese and Indian flavors. If you’re in the mood for a more casual dining experience, take a seat at the expansive lounge and nosh on small plates like Prawn Toast or a wide selection of sushi and nigiri. And of course, at WP24 they wouldn’t leave wine lovers high and dry as they have a list of 400 labels that pair impeccably with the food.
Upon stepping past the stark white façade, diners will find themselves in a posh environment with crisp white linens and black and red seating. One might say that sitting at the bar can feel as though you are in the trendiest sushi dim sum diner in all of America with the red leather bar stools. The electric atmosphere and fashionable interior can make anyone feel like the celebrity they’ve spotted sitting at the best table in the house. We recommend the Crunchy Duck Salad, Glazed Spare Ribs, Chicken Sate and of course, the Peking Duck. If you are in the mood for a fruity cocktail, try the Black Dragon.
4 Empress Pavillion Restaurant
Feeling adventurous? Check out the Empress Pavillion Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, often referred to as the Grande Dame of Los Angeles' Chinatown. Specializing in Cantonse style, Empress offers mouth watering dishes like Peking Duck, and Sauteed Prawns with Honey Glazed Walnuts. Empress Pavillion also offer Mandarin and Szechuan specialties which are dishes noted for their spiciness and robust flavors.
5 Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
The best place of dim sum in LA. Hands down. which may account for the long lines on the weekends. But no push carts here, order from the menu which has dizzying variety of abalone dishes, goose liver pate and other rare eats. Feeling really fancy? Ask for the "executive lunch for four" which is a 7-course meal that includes lobster, a shark's fin casserole, and braised sea cucumber with shrimp roe.