Came for lunch slightly before opening and there were already about 20 people waiting. Even with an ipad waiting list it was a free-for-all when they finally opened. Lots of ucla students in bare feet and slippers.
Pro tip: if you want more heat and like to live dangerously wear a white shirt.
PSA 12% off your total bill until next tuesday.
juicy steamed chicken in chili sauce aka saliva chicken
Pleasantly spicy with a slight sweetness. Loved the bamboo and onion slices underneath the chicken, wish there were more. Also wished they used more dark meat, the one or twice slices I got were dynamite, the white meat was slightly dry.
ma po tofu - tofu, minced beef, green garlic sprouts, sichuan peppercorn powder
smooth, silky, little bit of ma la, on point.
sweet and sour shrimp - shrimp, celery, scallion, cilantro
this was okay, shouldn’t have let the server talk me out of the “griddle-cooked shrimp”.
Overall pretty good for their opening week, service was friendly and food is just as good as the original. Will come back to try more. The only thing I didn’t like were the stingy rice portions. You pretty much have to eat this food with rice and they only give you at most half a bowl for a dollar each. I wonder if there’s a corkage if you BYOR?
I’ll update this post with an after-meal bathroom report tomorrow TBC.
11057 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025