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Home Style on Garvey

Stan | Aug 8, 200406:39 PM

I went to Home Style on Garvey (near Atlantic) because I wondered if it was related to the northern Chinese place called Home Style on Valley. This turns out to have been a bad decision. It's decorated in a somewhat ritzy way, but the bathroom floor was all wet. Not good. I then asked the waiter if the place was indeed related to Home Style on Valley, and after a couple of non-answers he said no. Not good. He shrugged and noted that the menus were different, which they were. I guessed that the menu here was from Shanghai, but what do I know. I asked him what part of China the cook was from, and he said he didn't know. Not good. And it apparently did not occur to him to find out and tell me. Not good. I ordered the cumin lamb and soup dumplings. The cumin lamb comes out on a bed of shredded lettuce. Not good. The first bite of it was somewhat promising, with a bit of lamb flavor, but then I'm afraid it went downhill. In fact it was nearly inedible. Not good. (In fact the only other inedible food I've ever been served in the San Gabriel Valley was the first time I went to the other Home Style, where I ordered "spicy chicken" and, I am not making this up, they served me something indistinguishable from Chicken McNuggets, not spicy, with one tiny little red chili sitting next to them.) After all of this, you could can imagine the trepidation I felt when the soup dumplings arrived. But they were actually quite good, soupy and flavorful with good mouth-scald. Even so, the place was empty, as you might imagine.

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