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Red Chamber--SGV's First Herbal Sichuan Cafe?

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Red Chamber--SGV's First Herbal Sichuan Cafe?

Chandavkl | Jul 10, 2013 01:30 PM

Following an oblique tweet by ClarissaW, I found my way to Red Chamber in Arcadia at the site of the former Park Avenue Restaurant. Park Avenue was best known for the excessive period of time it took to prepare the premises, plus their unique hipster wait staff. Sadly they have been replaced by an all Chinese staff of servers. Now my description of Red Chamber is herbal Sichuan cafe food, but who knows what it really is. It's cafe because they retained the Park Avenue layout and serve items like filet mignon, udon, and spam with instant noodles. It's Sichuan because the entire signature dish section of the menu appears Sichuanese. And it's herbal for dishes like Lady Nourishment Double Boiled Soup, and its counterpart Male Nourishment Double Boiled Soup, each of which will set you back 19 bucks. Also Red Chamber has the first cordyceps dish I recall seeing on a Chinese restaurant menu, as well as a number of gingko dishes. They also have something called fish marrow soup, but methinks they're referring to fish maw, but who knows? I had the fish in corn sauce and the bean curd sheets with gingko over Chinese vegetables. Both were quite good. Zero Yelp reviews, not surprising since the place was nearly empty during lunch hour. Red Chamber is at 855 S. Baldwin Ave., and is the seventh Chinese restaurant at that spot in the past dozen years (nowhere near a record).

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