Made it to the new Chi-Lin at Doheny and Sunset. Spectacular setting that feels like a movie set from an exotic James Bond film. In some ways maybe too much stimulation. Very unique. The service was very attentive, perhaps too much so in the beginning to the point where I felt the server was hovering and rushing us. After a polite comment that we were not ready to order (having just sat 3 minutes) the service got much smoother. The one thing I did not appreciate is when we asked what she recommended and the two dishes were peking duck ($72) and japanese waagyu steak ($84) - the two most expensive items on the menu - with no mention of price. Anyway, the food we did order was for the most part very good in an updated Mr. Chow sort of take:
chicken potstickers - these were just ok and in no way special.
fresh kale and shitake mushroom salad - very refreshing.
heirloom rice - good.
bbq baby back bibs - small, tender with good flavor.
peking prawns - outstanding, plush and succulent.
hong hong pin pei chicken - like they used to do at Joss. Very good, peking duck type presentation (except $24 instead of $72).
mongolian lamb - served with a crispy rice cake and different is a very good way. Perhaps my favorite dish.
organic vegitable medley - nice and clean.
The place was backed by 7:30 on a Monday night, one week into its soft opening. Clearly its a scene place; but the food is very interesting. Seems like it may have staying power because there is nothing like it in town. In some ways the buzz was similar to Bazaar when it first opened, though the food is entirely different. Fun place to party and would go back again.
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