The Westside of Los Angeles is becoming a haven for only excellent Chinese restaurants, but specifically, Sichuan food. A couple of years ago, China’s Meizhou Dongpo opened up their first US location in Century City. Then GuYi opened up earlier this year, followed by West LA’s Hop Woo adding management and chefs with experience preparing excellent, non-Americanized, Sichuan dishes. In the near future Sichuan Impression will take over the space where long time Chinese American restaurant Jin Jiang used to reside, in West LA as well.
Though I wasn’t much of a fan of the food at Meizhou Dongpo, it was quite the opposite with GuYi and Hop Woo (both whom have created dishes that are spicy and are packed with indepth flavor).
What a even more surprising about GuYi was that their Sichuan cookery has improved since my first visit back in May. The dishes were well prepared and seasoned well, offering a good amount of spiciness and mouth-numbingness without the dishes being extremely salty as many other Sichuan restaurants seem to do.
Highlights of our Labor Day dinner at GuYi were the Fish with Green Chiles and the Steamed Chicken in Chili Sauce. The flavors were outstanding; the spice level, good; and an adequate amount of mouth numbing Sichuan peppercorns used in the dishes.
Because GuYi is located on the west end of the 3rd Floor of Brentwood Gardens shopping mall, their prices have to be on the higher side in order to compensate for the higher rents they have. In addition, some of the portions were on the trimmer side. However, the deliciousness of the food made it easy for us to overlook that.
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