Le Chine Wok sizzles up an MSG-free spread crowded with spicy Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Fresh and natural ingredients pepper the menu, turning taste bud against taste bud in intense palatal debates between sea-centric plates such as the candied walnut shrimp or spicy soft-shell crab with serrano peppers ($15.95 each). Dishes, such as the basil eggplant chicken ($12.95), send sweet aromas drifting through the dining room, and the boneless smoked duck is prepared over burning tea green-tea leaves to absorb complex flavors and fortune-telling abilities ($16.95).
Villa Blanca's executive chef, Francis Dimitrius, mealmelds Mediterranean and Asian influences to create an imaginative menu that casts welcome rays of sunshine on the gloomy, fog-shrouded moors of Beverly Hills. Dinner lets you wake up your lazy, unemployed palate with appetizers such as baked king crab rolls ($12) and wild-mushroom and chorizo skewers ($14), while salad selections include the irresistible temptation that is Pandora's Salad ($12) and its blend of fresh peaches, buffalo mozzarella, mint, prosciutto, and chili honey vinaigrette. Pursuers of pasta perfection may opt for spaghetti Genovese ($16) or rock shrimp and candied ginger tagliarini ($19), while explorers of enchanting entrees will find Xanadu in the guise of braised Moroccan spiced chicken ($25), spring vegetable skewers ($16), or Kurobuta pork tenderloin ($26). Along the way, seek your sumptuous supper's soulmate amid Villa Blanca's extensive wine selection of Californian, Italian, French, and Argentinean labels, or make peace with your estranged sweet tooth over a Villa Blanca sundae ($8) off the decadent dessert directory.
A winner of OpenTable.com's Diner's Choice Award in 2012, Xi'an marries classic Chinese cuisine and funky fusion dishes. Staples such as lemon chicken, kung pao shrimp, and Szechuan-style tofu complement lettuce cups filled with char-broiled, miso-marinated cod, and Maryland crab cakes with sesame chili aioli.
The cocktails at Xi'an hinge on many of the same flavors as the eatery's Chinese cuisine. The ginger liqueur in the ginger lemonade, for example, echoes the ginger sauce on the kitchen's poached cod. The touch of jalapeno in the gin-based "Shanghai Moon," meanwhile, evokes the heat of the Singapore curry rice noodles or a summer night spent rolled inside a sleeping bag.
The Grill on the Alley recaptures a bygone era; one of crisp white linens, impeccable service, and steaks as big as your head. Inspired by the steakhouses of San Francisco and New York, The Grill’s founders replicated the American tradition in L.A. The first location, which opened in Beverly Hills in 1984, still sits mere steps from Rodeo Drive (four Californian branches now exist, along with ones in Chicago, Dallas, and Aventura, Florida). Though its menu might match Rodeo in sophistication—order the 8-ounce filet mignon, ahi tuna, or a sip of spirits for proof—the staff works hard to maintain a distinctly welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. And if a constant stream of good press is any indication, they succeed.
Serving an assortment of Asian and Asian-influenced dishes, Feast From the East has more than 30 years of experience feeding Westsiders from its menu of wings, soups and house specials. The Westwood Boulevard is best known for two specific dishes: the Chinese chicken salad, with shredded chicken breast and wonton strips piled high, and its chicken wings, which come in three different styles. The dining area features a tremendous amount of comfortable seating, either at tables for two or the more communal banquette seating along the room’s dividing wall. Feast From the East also offers its own house brand of products, like salad dressings and those same wonton strips from the Chinese chicken salad.
Tasty Wok Cuisine's menu features plenty of wok-friendly dishes, including shrimp chow mein and vegetable fried rice. There are dozens of vegetarian entrees for when the world's chickens go into hibernation, and those who prefer their food a little hotter can opt for spicy selections such as kung pao beef, sesame chicken, and eggplant with tofu.