Its the old Lams Kitchen on Hollywood and Wilcox in Hollywood. Theyve completely re-done it, from installing big wooden doors with lionhead knockers to painting it a deep red. The light fixtures are unique, and the kitchen is open and stainless. The tabletops are also neat...a soft material that looks like inlaid mother of pearl.
I drive by every morning, and when I saw some people in there this week, I figured they must be open. I dont think its official, though, as we were one of only 3 parties in there.
As far as the food is concerned, I have 2 words: Kung Pao. This is the best Kung Pao chicken I have ever had. We ordered it because after all, thats the name of the place. What I liked about it was that the meat was grilled, and not left in a huge simmering pot all day. I could really taste all the ingredients, and they were obviously fresh. From the perfectly-cooked chicken to the roasted peanuts, the flavors just jump out at you. And to think I spent all these years eating the same-old dish, which compared to this tastes like it was purchased in 55-gallon drums.
The fried calamari was also quite good. The crust was light and crispy, and the calamari itself was tender. It was served with shaved carrot slices and diced tomatoes. The sauce was a slightly spicy Asian dipping sauce.
We also ordered Bok Choy in a black bean sauce, which arrived long after we had finished the rest of the food. It was okay, fresh, but a little oily for my taste. Obviously they also need to work on the timing.
As we were still hungry, we then asked for an order of potstickers. These were the least successful. They were large, maybe 3 triangles and werent really crispy as Im used to with other potstickers. They were kind of flimsy, and were served with a hoisin sauce. The filling, too was a little pedestrian for my taste. It just didnt have anything remarkable to focus on.
They have a nice selection of teas, but no alcoholic beverages (that I could see). I will definitely be back soon to turn my friends onto the Kung Pao chicken.
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