Im turning 30 next week. Yikes. I want to have some friends out for dinner. Something in SGV. Im very curious about Chinese Islamic cuisine. Actually I really love lamb and Chinese food so the combo seems great. My three choices seem to be: Tung Lai Shun, China Islamic Restaurant or LITTLE SHEEP.
My only considerations are how late are they open--Im thinking Sunday or Tuesday night. And which place best accommodates a group of around 12 people. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Last year I celebrated at 888 in Rosemead. It was perfect. The food was good and unusual. The roast chicken was awesome. The immense lazy susan was a great asset. The black chicken head in my soup was a surprise.
My digging through old posts pulled up the following.
China Islamic Restaurant
7727 E. Garvey Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Based on your criteria, Tung Lai Shun, the Chinese islamic restaurant in San Gabriel square would probably be your first choice since it's different and has a large menu. If you're really into different, one of the new Shenyang region restaurants mentioned recently on this board might also be appropriate. There's Shenyang, also known as S.Y. Restaurant, 4909 Santa Anita Ave. in El Monte, and Northern Chinese Restaurant, 8450 E. Valley, #109, in Rosemead, though the presence of "Shenyang Fake Dog Meat" at the latter is a turn off.
Across the way in the same mall is a place called Little Sheep - Chinese name, Xiao Fei Yang - (little fat sheep). The sign says it specializes in Inner Mongolian hot pot (nei Menggu Huo Guo). I don't know how this differs from the "rinsed" mutton -Shuan Yang Rou - at Deerfield or Homestyle restaurant. Looked interesting and quite elegant inside. A place for me or someone else to explore. Grand opening signs up.
120 S ATLANTIC BLVD
(Deerfield Plaza, just south of Garvey on eastside of Atlantic)MONTEREY PARK
Tried it for lunch today - absolutely dazzling!
Two of us had the combination spicy/non-spicy broths which contain a variety of Chinese spices that the lady could not give English names for (except ginseng and galangal and dragon something?), with marbled beef and lamb, baby bok choy, pei lan mushrooms (a truly gorgeous meaty mushroom when cooked in broth, raw it looks like thickly sliced turkey breast), bean thread noodles, pea tips and a side order of the most delicious spicy pork dumplings I have ever had.
Somewhat expensive splurge for lunch - $30. They also served marinated peanuts, daikon slices and a special bread before you order, and we also had hot tea. Food was enough to feed 4 people at the minimum.
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