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Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

Our friend took us here to try out Chinese vegetarian food. Having not been to MP at night for decades, the sight of the well-lit, imposing, swanky Time Square Building (where the restaurant is located), right off the 10 freeway exit, surprised me. Free underground...parking with multiple elevators/escalators to access mall level teeming with eateries and shops (remember where you parked). Crowded on a weekend. Suite 171 was a bit hard to find until we realized it’s facing Atlantic. The restaurant interior is bright and spacious. Our party was seated in a semi private room on the side; the restaurant overall noise level was mild. Service was attentive. We ordered a good variety of typical dishes. The food came together at once, including the corn tofu soup. The obvious stars were the vegan versions of classics: fish with hot bean sauce and fried house chicken, both quite tasty and nicely seasoned. The crispy, spicy oyster mushroom was a flavorful stand out (free from having to masquerade as an artful make-believe of something else, I suppose). The standard fares of eggplant with basil, sautéed spring beans, the Buddha’s Feast and the deep fried tofu were satisfactory and nicely plated. Ditto the fried ho fun flat noodles and Singapore style fried rice vermicelli (lots of it, though a bit dry). Not missing meat at all. Appreciated the preparation efforts and offerings of many plant-based healthy options. The prices were quite reasonable for a unique culinary experience.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

This place is amazing and if you like Chinese vegetarian food you won't be disappointed. The all you can eat menu (offered at limited times) allows you to sample a wide range of the menu with smaller tapas-style servings than you'd get from the a-la-carte...menu (which has a lot more choices). I've brought dozens of carnivores here and many have been impressed and wanted to come back. One even became vegan. The staff are awesome too.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed February 13, 2018 via mobile

It’s all you can eat on certain days. So you can get a great amount of nicely cooked Chinese vegetarian food for only $18. I come here on weekends when I don’t have any other better choice in mind. Low price and nice food. The...large park space offered by the plaza is a plus.More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2016

Came with my family for lunch on our 1-day visit to LA. We've never had an AYCE vegetarian buffet in the US before (there is a great one in Singapore though!) so we wanted to try this one. It was really good. I think we...ordered about 10 dishes for the 4 of us, and that is in addition to the free soup (corn with tofu), fried bread and rice. Well worth the $15.50 per person. Our favorites were Crispy Chicken, Vege Sausage with Cauliflower, and Vege Pork with Broccoli. If we lived in LA, we would definitely visit a lot!More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed May 24, 2016

love their house fried chicken; it is mushroom deep fried. Very yummy. Their fried buns are great. The prices are reasonable and they offer complementary soup - hot and sour or egg drop. You can also get brown rice.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed November 20, 2015

My husband and I like trying different foods. We have tried other vegetarian restaurants and this one is the best we have tried by far. First of all, I have to give this restaurant high scores for the creative types of "meat". "Shrimp" made from...rice flour -- has the same rubber texture and shape, Our "bird's nest " a basket of noodles filled with stir fried veggies and "meat" is "healthier" than the usual version with bits of "chicken" made from soy. You could have fooled me. It looked like stir-fried chicken. The menu is typical Chinese selections and all vegetarian. Brown rice, fried rice or white rice are choices. Second, it is very affordable. Finally, the menu choices were endless. I was so impressed with this place that I took a couple of to go menus to share via interoffice mail with friends. By the way, do not go during prime time. It can get very busy. Now about service.. this is a Chinese restaurant. Do not go in having the same serving expectations as in an "American" restaurant. So for service on the Chinese scale, it was average. This restaurant is located in an outdoor shopping center, just off the 10 freeway. Take the Atlantic off ramp. Underground parking is available off of Atlantic Blvd or Hellman Ave. If you are up to walking a short block and don't want to deal with the underground parking lot (it can be crowded and busy), park off of Hellman in the residential area. The restaurant is located facing Atlantic.More

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

The woman I am dating loves tofu and vegetables and she's originally from Shanghai though most recently she emigrated from Hong Kong. I am Japanese and I love Chinese food, all kinds. This was our second visit, we had the Veg. Pork with Broccoli, Spicy...Veg. Chicken with mushrooms, Mabo Tofu and Buddha's Feast from their All You can Eat menu Which is quite a bargain at $14.95 each you select 2 dishes and rice or soup or bread. It's on a smaller plate than the regular dishes but, if you finish a plate and want more you can order more. It was all tasty. She really enjoyed the Pork and she prefers not to eat the real thing. She did not enjoy the Chicken with the mushroom inside the deep fried tofu skin of "chicken". Though I loved it. The Mabo Tofu was average. The Buddha's feast was very good a small variety of vegetables. I can see why many people go there for the "all you can eat" it's a bargain if you want to try to find what they cook best. Oh, we did finish the Buddha's feast and I ordered some spring egg rolls which were very good. We may go there this week. We have been to Vegetarian Paradise and I prefer Happy Family restaurants. I first went to a Regular Happy Family restaurant before it closed in Montebello and that was very good also. All in the sauces.More

Date of visit: May 2015
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Reviewed February 17, 2015

Came here for an early light Saturday dinner. Everything was fine. We had Spring rolls and a couple of different soups. The server did warn us they were quite large. Even the small portion can be shared between 2 or 3. Took some of their...vegan tirimasu to eat later. Surprisingly good. Would eat here again on our next visit to the areaMore

Date of visit: February 2015
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

I used to come here when I was living in Monterey Park, I was hanging around friends they each have their own dietary restrictions, no sugar, no wheat (before the term Gluten free was a term), no dairy and frankly no taste. I discovered Happy...family and I brought my finicky eater friends and they all love it. Vegetarians equals Vegan in Chinese culture, so all they need to endure is the little sugar. Fast forward to 2014, I am still bringing co-workers to lunch here from time to time, and they all enjoy it. Happy family is not a fancy restaurant, and the prices reflect that. If you haven't been here, the best way to describe this is going to a Chinese restaurant, ordering dishes which are called the same as regular restaurants except you are getting all vegetable. Vegetarian Chinese are known to imitate regular meat and fish dishes with meat substitute because deep down we all need to satisfy our carnivorous need. And they are very good in tricking our taste buds and our eye sights, in another words, they know how to cheat. So here are some of the best dishes here. 1) House chicken - it looks like orange chicken, but instead of chicken in deep fried batter, it's button mushroom in deep fried batter. It is so delicious you won't care that you are not eating real chicken 2) egg plant with Thai basil - this can get a bit oily, but most Chinese eggplant dishes are oily. They are not pretending to be a meat dish. And this stir fried dish can stand alone in any regular restaurant. This is a must have, even if you don't like egg plant, you will like this dish. 3) minced squad in lettuce wrap - it looks like the famous chicken lettuce wrap from PF Chang, and it can stand up to it. They substitute chicken with soy/ gluten product and added pickled vegetable which is very savory for the meaty taste. It's fun to eat and very tasty. 4) sauteed green beans - another must have, the green bean is deep fried and then tossed with the salted/pickle vegetable imitating ground pork. 5) fish in hot bean sauce - so I was quite blown away even though it wasn't my favorite dish, but the way they injected the fishy flavor in the soy substitute. So they form a cake shape with soy substitute and then wrap it in seaweed, so the seaweed is giving it the seafood flavor. It looks like fish, taste like it's from the ocean, I think it is just genius, but one slice is all I need before I got over the shock of brilliance and moved on to other dishes. These are my 5 go to dishes, always winners. And dinner/brunch always come with steam rice, steam bun/fried bun. Oh, you must get the fried bun, The bun have already been steamed/cooked and then they deep fried to golden brown. It is crunchy, the bread has a hint of sweetness to it, they put a little sugar in the bread dough. Boy, I can just eat that as snack and for dinner. They also serve you sweet corn soup or hot and sour soup, and I always order the hot and sour soup. One thing I realize, in order for vegetarian dishes to be fulfilling to a meat eater, it has needs bold flavors, so we won't miss the meat. So I also order stronger flavor dishes.More

Date of visit: September 2014
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We ate here on Saturday, August 10th. My husband & I were looking for lunch after my husband performed an inspection in the area. This restaurant looked so inviting when we drove by that I told my husband to look for parking(he drives while I...look for a restaurant). There is 30 free parking in the front but we weren't sure if it was monitored on Saturdays & Sundays. We parked in front of the restaurant and decided if we had to move our car in a half hour we would do that. This restaurant is so grand - big with high ceilings. It looks so massive, airy with the large floor to ceiling windows, it is a bright, clean restaurant. It is across from a large supermarket and a mall behind it. It almost looked like a modern world Chinese Outdoor Mall. It was nice but we didn't venture behind the restaurant to check out the shops. We should have because it looked interesting. We'll have to do it again sometime but with the kids as I think they might enjoy it more. My husband wanted the All You Can Eat Special but I did not because I was not that hungry. They said we both have to order the all you can eat - not just one person. Of course they are essentially saying they do not trust that you will not be sharing - this is a rather strange policy. We did not realize when they meant ALL vegetarian that it also included the shrimp. One of our dishes is shrimp with peapods. The shrimp was supposed to be all vegetarian as well but it just looked really fake. The colors were great because of the pinkish/red color to imitate the shrimp but the shape of it was like a crescent cookie. I supposed it's made of soy? I wanted the fried eggplant but they said it came with vegetarian ham, I'm not sure what that is but I didn't want to take a risk so I just ordered the plain eggplant. It was good but not great(sorry). Not enough to warrant coming back if we are in the area again. Perhaps if the shrimp was real. The sauce was okay too. Our 30-minute parking time was up but since the car was right in front of the restaurant we thought we would just monitor and immediately move it if someone was timing the cars. It seemed that no one was monitoring the parking (perhaps it is strictly enforced on the weekdays more than the weekends). All in all it's worth a try if you are a hard-core vegetarian.More

Date of visit: August 2013
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