|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.
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.)
Dan dan noodles
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?