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“Not the traditional Chinese restaurant one would expect”

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Lake Spring Shanghai Restaurant
Ranked #41 of 179 Restaurants in Monterey Park
Price range: $17 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not the traditional Chinese restaurant one would expect”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

A couple of years ago, my wife read a positive review of this restaurant, in a now defunct food magazine named "Gourmet". We drove an hour and a half north to get to the place in Monterey.
We were surprised by how unpretentious and small this restaurant is. But the food was superb, light (an oxymoron word describing Chinese food) and very unusual for a Chinese restaurant. We came back many times to this restaurant, but accompanied by 8 to 10 friends, so that we can have many different dishes to taste. We also were allowed to bring our own wines without having to pay cork fees. We had done what normally we would not do in other restaurants : we do not order any dishes. We just leave it to the chef to cook whatever dishes he wants us to taste ! What a treat.
Let say it this way : imagine a Chinese restaurant chef cook, cooking the way a French chef
would cook ! This is how I can describe the food.
On top of it, the prices charged are inexpensive, so affordable, not really in line with the quality of the dishes served. The service is friendly and family oriented.
I thought long and hard before writing this review, for fear that, with more customers knowing about this gem of a restaurant, the quality of the food might go down or the prices jacked up.

  • Visited April 2012
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
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English first
Santa Monica, California
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Shanghainese”
Reviewed May 22, 2009

Excellent Shanghainese

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southern california
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“solid”
Reviewed March 30, 2008

solid

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“Love this place”
Reviewed March 22, 2008

Love this place

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“Good solid value. Clean. Predictable. Good service.”
Reviewed February 1, 2008

Good solid value. Clean. Predictable. Good service.

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