Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Palace: How Many Forks Did the Los Feliz Chinese Restaurant Get?

The Palace's bar area

Everyone would love to have a reliable Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood -- so how does The Palace on Hillhurst measure up? See how many forks it rated and read the full review in the Los Feliz Ledger.

Dan dan noodles
Start with a potent, not-too-sweet mai tai, or a Chinese beer (“Double Happiness” hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday). Skip the stale-tasting pork potstickers and the watered-down Old-Fashioned. (If it’s an Old-Fashioned you’re after, the one at Mess Hall across the street is excellent.) 
Among the more authentic dishes on the menu are boiled sliced fish in hot sauce and Hunan sizzling fish, both with a moderate punch of tingly Szechuan peppercorns and a touch of heat. Available with a choice of chicken, pork or beef, hot and sour soup is satisfying for a chilly night. Dan Dan noodles are made with spaghetti instead of chow mein noodles, or try old-school chow fun or lo mein. Get your vegetables in with baby bok choy with hitachi mushroom, a mild, green counterpart to some of the sweet, saucy and mild spicy plates.

Wouldn’t it be sweet if some place like the Palace decided to update the menu and decor a bit and recognize that Los Feliz is ready for a fresher, modern take on a Chinese restaurant, with vibrant, interesting flavors?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about Chi Dynasty down the street? They moved out of The Palace location a few years ago when the owner wanted to double their rent. Jonathan has been serving some of the best Chinese food around in an updated and gorgeous place just S of Franklin. Why wouldnt you write about that? Don't you know the neighborhood. Doesn't sound like it.