I'm looking for a good Shanghai-style Chinese restaurant (probably in the San Gabriel Valley) for someone who's originally from Shanghai but now lives in New York City. I'd like to impress the person with the quality of Shanghai-style food here in the Los Angeles area.
Something not too casual or hole-in-the-wall would be best.
I've been the Din Tai Fung in Arcadia and Green Village Shanghai Restaurant in San Gabriel. There was a "Los Angeles Times" article in June, 2007 that lists some other places, so which would make the best impression? The list from the article is a little overwhelming:
Chang's Garden, Arcadia
Giang Nan, Monterey Park
Green Village Shanghai Restaurant, San Gabriel
Ho Ho Kitchen, El Monte (article describes it as a "hole-in-the-wall")
King's Palace, Rowland Heights
Shanghai Bamboo House, Temple City
Shanghai Restaurant, San Gabriel (Focus Plaza)
Supreme Dragon, Rowland Heights
Southern Mini Town, San Gabriel
Wang Gia, San Gabriel
J&J Restaurant ("Jin Jian"), San Gabriel
Mandarin Chateau, Los Angeles (Chinatown)
Mei Long Village, San Gabriel
Wok and Noodle, Alhambra
I'd like to pick a place that would leave the person thinking, "Hey, I'm surprised you can get Shanghai-style food this good in the United States!" Being in a shopping mall, or close to one, is a plus because I'd like to show the person there's a large Asian presence here in Los Angeles.
Chowhound favorites seem to be J&J and Mei Long Village. Are they "chow-ish" in that they are good food, but a so-so setting?
If you only have one chance to impress an ex-Shanghai resident with Shanghai-style food here in Los Angeles, which one would it be?