It’s time for some Chinese food and China Palace advertises authentic Mandarin & Szechwan cuisine. This is all well and good, but the real question is: how does it eat?
I was taking this particular order to go ’cause I wanted to do a little Trader Joe shopping and then get home so I could submerge myself in my self-loathing.
China Palace – Ventura Victoria Blvd next to Trader Joes
I went into the Palace to get a couple of orders of this and an order of that. What I ended up doing was following the direction of a really nice lady who was very helpful. I’ve never bought Chinese food from someone this helpful. She explained every dish and set me up with a great combination to try the most possible without spending a lot. Even if the food sucked, at this point, I still take my hat off to the Palace. Continue reading
So, basically, I don’t hate Chinese food. Chinese food hates me. Or rather, anyone who owns a Chinese food restaurant hates me. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been to a really good Chinese restaurant, but I keep trying places and getting disappointed. So this post is dedicated to the top three reasons why Chinese food is about to get bounced off my list of food options.
For the purpose of this post, I’m not referring to chain restaurants like Panda Express. I actually think the food there is decent. The only problem with Panda is that I feel like I’m always drawing the short straw when I go there. I mean, some people always stand in the slowest lane at the grocery store, some people never get the front parking space, but me? I get the guy at Panda who has to prove how good he is at keeping costs under control.
You know this guy. He’s the one who gives you the half scoop of beef with broccoli and can eek out 975 servings in a single tray of orange chicken. I don’t go to Panda anymore. Not ’cause I don’t enjoy the food, but instead because I don’t want a plate full of rice, garnished with two pieces of orange chicken and a sprig of broccoli. Actually, since I won’t go there anymore, I’m asking one of you, any of you, to punch that guy in the face next time he gives you that vacant stare when you ask for just a little more kung pao chicken. Right in the face. And tell him Brian sent ya. Continue reading
This is a classic EatmeCalifornia drive by. Nobody told me to visit Mr. Lee’s and nobody said they had great food. It was a ninja ambush of the highest degree. Would Mr. Lee be ready for culinary combat?
Mr. Lee’s Chinese Food Ventura – Thompson/Borchard
I took a picture of the outside of Mr. Lee’s and it was definitely not my best work. I decided to take another one after lunch because I was pretty hungry. Mr. Lee’s is fairly small and only has one dining room. I’d say, at the most, 50 people could be comfortable. After that, it would get to be more like a clown car. The inside is pretty beat up, the ceiling is stained, the walls are a bit dirty, and there are a lot of patches and covering.
I experienced an EatmeCalifornia first at Mr. Lee’s. My waiter never said a word to me. I’m not exaggerating; I’m not just saying he mumbled, I’m saying he never spoke one word to me. They sat me down, brought me water and tea, gave me a menu and then did a ninja vanish. 5 minutes later he re-appeared with notebook in hand, stood by me and waited. I had said hello at my arrival but now the ninja battle of silence had begun, so I decided not to talk as well. Continue reading
Got some requests for more Chinese food so I hit up one of Ventura’s older places, right off of Seaward. You can see it from the 101 and from what I hear they are more popular for their Karaoke nights then they are for the dining. I’d actually been there before. A few years back I hit up the bar with some friends and sang Enter Sandman, but I’d never had the food before. Off we go to a very large Chinese Restaurant called Golden China. Continue reading
Yeah, I know the title is clever. You don’t have to tell me.
I hit up some Chinese food the other day and was in the mood to try some new dishes. My girls had just finished a heck of a soccer game and one of the parents heard me talking about Chinese food. They recommended the Peking Restaurant in Ventura.
Peking Restaurant – Telegraph/Victoria
First off, I think I counted eight “No Msg” signs. Apparently MSG is not welcome here. I definitely contain MSG, but I didn’t tell them. I just thought I’d see if they could detect it. Continue reading