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Louie's California Chinese Cuisine: report (long)

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Louie's California Chinese Cuisine: report (long)

anna r | Oct 13, 2002 05:16 PM

Just want to thank Melanie on this board for recommending I try Louie's for a banquet. I went for a preview dinner on Friday night with my family (two sons, husband and mother in law)and everyone loved it! We arrived at 7:30 without a reservation, and although there were a number of tables filled, and a banquet in the lower level, they seated us immediately. The service, as reported earlier here, was unsurpassed. We ordered from a tasting menu and enjoyed what I considered to be excellent food. I am not as versed in the intricacies of Chinese cuisine as most of you that report on the Asian restaurants, but I do know good food, and Louie's definitely has it.

At lunch I understand they concentrate on dim sum, but at dinner, the concentration is on their version of elegant Chinese dishes. There are banquet menus ranging in price from $198 to $638 for a table of ten. Each menu takes full advantage of the myriad of seafood in their exquisitely clean tanks. I saw beautiful prawns, crabs, lobsters, sea bass, and many other fish that I could not name.

However, because we were only five, with one of these a very picky eater, we ordered from their "western" (my terminology) menu, and chose the signature dinner: pot stickers and chicken salad (prepared tableside), 3C soup (steamed stitake muchroom, bamboo shoots, chives and chinese ham soaked in chicken broth), volcano prawns (jumbo prawns sauteed with chili sauce), a whole peking duck, also preapred table side (the most delicious I have ever tasted, even the small fluffy pancake!), tropical pork served in a pineapple boat (much better than any sweet and sour pork I have ever tasted), and chinese risotto (chinese sausage, peas, carrots, and sticky rice).As an extra, we ordered a crab sauteed with ginger and scallions: messy but wonderful. Everything, without exception, was the best of its type I have ever eaten, and presented and served with grace and style. They even brought us TWO desserts (which we could hardly eat, being so full): a delicious mango custard, and something fun for the boys--coconut snowball (my terminology). My typically picky eater at everything, and pronounced it wonderful.

Further evidence of the eagerness of the entire staff to please: when my son asked for steamed pork buns, usually served only at lunch, they didn't hesitate for a moment in saying that it was no problem to get them for him. He gobbled them up. Again: when we mentioned to the waiter that we were a little chilly, he made certain that the front door remained closed each time a customer entered or left the restaurant, rather than propped open.

All in all it was a great meal with great service. I will not hesitate to return, and soon.

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