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most opulent, over-the-top chinese food - possibly in the sg valley?

chosungalbi | Nov 18, 2009 07:16 PM

i'm looking for something reminiscent of what they serve for chinese "whales"...the venetian's piaza club, the private dining room at the mansion at mgm grand...or the more high-end cantonese seafood places in hong personal favorite is yan toh heen at the kowloon intercontinental, formally the regent hotel.

i was wondering if such a place exists in the greater LA area. i've been to the san gabriel valley a number of times, and while some of its better-rated restaurants are quite authentic, they lack refinement. yes, you can a plethora of interesting dishes that aren't watered down to a western palette, but a lot of them are greasy. i also feel like the consistency in quality of those places varies because most of them are gigantic and service is poor.

so for the kind of place i'm looking for, not only does the cuisine have to be super authentic, but the food must taste clean, so to speak. freshness and attention to detail are a must. a laughably ornate atmosphere would be fun too (the way places in vegas and hong kong are superfluously gilded), but food is the most important.

basically, i want to go where the chinese equivalent of bill gates would go...if he were visiting los angeles.

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