September 10, 2005

The Talented Mr.Chow

Having heard oodles about how great and star-studded Mr.Chow (the restuarant) was last time I was in LA, this time around, we made reservations in advance and finally made it into foyer of Mr Chow in Beverly Hills. After being admitted, we were told to "chill" at the bar. And it wasn't until half an hour later when we were tired of waiting and was about to leave that we were finally seated in a tiny cramp booth near the front of the restuarant right next to this protrait of Mr Chow.

Of course, back then I didn't know that I had the honor of being seated right next to an Andy Warhol creation. Anyway, all that waiting and being seated near the entrance did give me a chance to observe my surroundings, and I must say, the atmosphere was faultless-exactly what one would expect of a celeb hotspot.

Energy buzzed throughout the restuarant as people stood at the cramp little bar space (shown above) happily sipping their drinks, chatting, seeing and being seen. Shiny outfits, big rocks, gorgeous models and all the bling. And yes, even celebs had to do the wait. Although I did not recognize who the celebs I saw that night were, I assume that they are because as soon as they enter/leave the restuarant the 2 paparazzi's standing outside immediately jumped into action.

The interior decoration of the restuarant is supposed to be very top of the notch too, with Mr Chow being one of the first designer restuarants around. And did I mention that Mr Chow himself is also a reknown designer responsible for the Armani store on Rodeo amongst others? Anyway, wasn't too impressed with the interior. A bit cramp with a little bit of an orient flair, but if it wasn't called Mr Chow, I wouldn't have guessed it was a Chinese restuarant. In fact, the settings of forks, knives, wine glasses were all very distinctively western.

As for the cuisine. . well, I like to think that I know my Chinese food and will know fine Chinese cuisine when I taste one. But radioactive orange shark fin soup, overcooked fried chicken strips and hard dry rice really isn't my idea of fine Chinese cuisine. And it amazed me that all the rich and famous around me were eating it all up with such enjoyment.

My verdict? Mr Chow is indeed a very talented man. Only someone so talented can induce the rich and famous of Beverly Hills to continuously go to his restuarant, wait in the bar for half an hour and eat questionable chinese cuisine at a ridiculously high price since 1974.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Vanessa said...

You might consider the fact that the quality of food being served to recognized celebrities is of a different standard than the food being served to non celebrities. If you doubt it, read ex food critic and the editor of Gourmet Magazines book Garlic and Sapphires.

9/11/2005 1:37 AM  
Blogger Asian Lep said...

What were you in Beverly Hills for? Glad you had a fun time!

9/11/2005 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice grammar...

9/11/2005 10:28 AM  
Anonymous pinksundrops said...

That's so strange that all these "hot spots" really aren't that hot! Too bad it was a disappointing night.

9/11/2005 12:53 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Food from restaurants that are supposedly famous never really taste like what they are supposed to.

9/11/2005 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Chinese, one thing I've learned is that in general, Americans don't like "authentic" chinese food. Instead, they prefer chinese food that is more sweet, more salty, more fried, and more fatty.

9/11/2005 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Superqueen said...

The Anonymous is right: I've tasted Italian food in other European countries but it is not really Italian. They take the basis of our cuisine and mix it with the tastes of their country. I think the same happens with Chinese food.

9/12/2005 1:52 AM  
Blogger chick 'n chic said...

i guess Mr. Chow must have great marketing skills and he definitely knows the right people :)
many of the celebs are "nouveau riches" - they really don't know how to spend their fresh-money properly - so, if some restaurant is like, really famous, they don't care if it's good, they just go there cause it's cool.

vanessa: i've been in a few excellent restaurants and i don't believe that they serve different food to celebrities. maybe they can do something special to please an habitué or a special costumer, but they won't serve worst food to you just because you're not famous!!!

9/12/2005 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

chick 'n chic: I don't recall saying they serve the "worst food to you just because you're not famous". Get a clue. Do you really believe that the service, attentiveness of the waitstaff, and the quality of food brought to celebrities versus non celebrities at trendy restaurants isn't different? Don't be so naive.

9/12/2005 10:44 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

I totally agree with Superqueen about Italian food. Most "Italian" restaurants don't serve real Italian food. But let's be honest, most people who don't know their cuisines wouldn't know the difference.

9/12/2005 3:48 PM  
Anonymous chic 'n chic said...

vanessa: once in paris, a food critic disguised as an horrible costumer (really bad taste and unpolite) went to maxim's - do you know what hapenned?? "the service, attentiveness of the waitstaff, and the quality of food brought" to him were exactly the same of the last times he went there...so, i don't now about the usa, but in europe high-cuisine restaurants have excellent service whether your famous or not - and i'm not being naive.

9/13/2005 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice couple of bitches you are. Walking pussies whose only thoughts are clothes and eating at "chic" restaurants. Do you need Manolos as much as eating dicks? Thanks, I'm not like you shitty shit walking pussies. Get a life and do something useful.

9/14/2005 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last poster: Please mind your manner!

9/16/2005 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crampED

orientAL

come on, don't let your miseducation show so badly.

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