Mei Lin’s Nightshade at Arts District in DTLA

Mei Lin’s Nightshade at Arts District in DTLA Nightshade, 923 East 3rd Street. Unit 109. Los Angeles, California 90013, $12 Valet Parking, http://www.nightshadela.com. Much highly anticipated restaurant opening by Mei Lin, ever since she became the winner of BravoTV’s Top Chef, Season 12. Lin followed in the footsteps of her former boss, Michael Voltaggio, who…

Dim Sum Dinner at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine 金凱旋宮 in Alhambra, CA

Dim Sum Dinner at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine 金凱旋宮 in Alhambra These days, if you can’t make it for a dim sum brunch early weekend hours, then having dim sum for dinner is becoming a more and more of an option here in the Greater Los Angeles area. Lunasia’s current dim sum menu offers the traditional…

Ruiji Sichuan Restaurant 瑞吉川菜 in Lomita, CA

Ruiji Sichuan Restaurant 瑞吉川菜 in Lomita, CA Hard to believe that there’s been a true Sichuan restaurant in the South Bay area of Los Angeles (communities south of LAX) for almost 2 years now before I finally discovered them.  The prices here are slightly higher than the Sichuan restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, but…

Dim Sum and More at Longo Seafood Restaurant 鴻德品位 in Rosemead, CA

Dim Sum and More at Longo Seafood Restaurant 鴻德品位 in Rosemead, CA Longo Seafood sits in the space that once was Sun City Seafood Restaurant, which also served traditional, but inexpensive, dim sum where you order from various carts that roam about the dining area continuously.   Sun City lasted for about 6 years before going…

Shanghainese Food at Southern Mini Town 小南國 in San Gabriel

Shanghainese Food at Southern Mini Town 小南國 in San Gabriel Little hole-in-the-wall in the same mini-mall with the ever so popular Golden Deli.  The food it tasty; the prices are fair; but compared to other similar restaurants, the portion sizes for some of the dishes were on the paltry side. One of their popular dishes is…

Buffet Lunch at Nanking Indo-Chinese Restaurant in Artesia

Buffet Lunch at Nanking Indo-Chinese Restaurant in Artesia Indo-Chinese (aka Desi-Chinese) cuisine has originated from the Hakka Chinese of Kolkata, the only city that has its own Chinatown. However, many dishes of modern Indian Chinese cuisine bear little resemblance to traditional Chinese cuisine. Foods tend to be flavored with spices such as cumin, coriander seeds,…