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review of JJ's (Hong Kong cafe in Monterey Park)

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review of JJ's (Hong Kong cafe in Monterey Park)

Chowpatty | Jun 28, 2004 08:27 PM

After reading about Hong Kong-style cafes a few posts down, we decided to try JJ's on Garvey, since my b.f. is a big fan of Hong Kong movies. Although it's open until 4 am, we arrived at the more normal hour of about 7 on Saturday. We had fun deciding on drinks from the extensive menu -- I had an iced cappucino and my b.f. had a Hawaiian Fantasy with boba. The menu is huge, with tons of variations on rice, noodles, Western style meat dishes, soups, etc. We chose the seafood rice, vegetables with curry sauce and rice noodles with shredded chicken and chives. The food was tasty with large portions, although fairly greasy. But it was fun to watch the assorted groups like an ancient stooped grandma happily sucking down her boba, a family where the kids were enjoying the "kid's meal" of spaghetti with meat sauce and fries -- starch heaven! and a group of teens taking pictures of each other with their phones. We forgot about the movie until we were done and realized we hadn't been seated near a TV. It seemed very much like a Japanese cafe, with udon on the menu as well as curry spaghetti, cutlets, tea-coffee, etc. This is a fun place for some Chinese/Western comfort food and I imagine it would be even better after a night of clubbing. We must try the needle noodles next time.

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