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8284 Melrose Ave. (Sweetzer Ave.) Send to Phone
PHILIPPE IS CHANGING LOCATIONS Unsophisticated Chinese cuisine for a Hollywood clientele that likes to see and be seen.

Dinner nightly
Open late

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: PHILIPPE IS CHANGING LOCATIONS Philippe is considered an institution for New York’s rich and famous, so chef Philippe Chow and his partner Costin Dumitrescu opened branches in Miami, Mexico City and then Los Angeles. After taking over the celebrity spot once occupied by Dolce, the interior designer created a rather simple décor, applying the red/black/white scheme found in the other locations, and keeping the bar where it was, as well as the two levels of the main dining room. Chow is not here all of the time, so, to ensure continuity, the menu is the same in all of his restaurants. The uncomplicated and unsophisticated food is based on traditional Chinese cuisine with some Western influences. There are quite a few appetizers to choose from, including the salt and pepper calamari, the spinach salad with a plum and lime juice vinaigrette, the Maine lobster spring rolls, the scallion pancake, and the wok-fried mayonnaise prawns. We recommend that you try at least one satay served with Chow’s famous cream sauce, and a lettuce wrap. If you arrive at the right time, around 8 p.m., you will not miss the dexterity of the chef preparing in seven minutes one and a half pounds of noodles right in front of your eyes. They are served with a veal, vegetarian or pork bean sauce. Note that the prices of the entrées are for two people, with the most exciting being the Peking duck (no need to drive all the way to Chinatown). The green prawns, served with water chestnuts, are this color because they have been marinated in pesto. Favor the string beans over the brown rice. Finish with the delicious homemade sherbets, though pâtisseries are available. There are a few signature cocktails to try, unless you prefer wine from the short list. Smokers will enjoy the cigar room in the back.
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