worst chinese food, bad service, great place, full half dishes, unsavoringly sweet vegetable moo shu, authentic chinese takeout, healthy chinese delivery
best Chinese in the neighborhood. Always enjoy going there whether to take out, or to sit down. Primarily I go there to take out, but have enjoyed many a lunch or dinner there. Very laid back atmosphere. Staff are always friendly and ask how I'm doing, etc. The food is great and they have indicators on the menu for health conscious eaters and spicy foods. The West Hollywood Wonton soup is a favorite of mine as are the Black Pepper chicken, and the BBQ pork Lo Mein.
BAD SERVICE= AVOID UNLESS NO OTHER OPTIONS. It pisses me off to have to write this because frankly, this place makes good food and usually has good service. I bring about 20-30 people with me to eat there on Sunday nights at 9pm and we all are courteous and tip well. Tonight, the waitresses accidentally threw away at least a meal that was left from my dining... and I wanted to take it home. I understand... this happens. So I asked the manager guy if I could get a comp for a future meal since my meal was thrown away. Rather than saying "sorry for the inconvenience", he made a fuss. It amazes me that this guy hasn't learned to count his blessings in this economy. Next week, I hope he thinks about how a $10 comp would have saved him from the $275 loss.
Stay away at all costs. Plenty of other choices nearby!. Wow. Unreal. Got take out tonight. Usually order from another place in the hood but thought i would give Kung Pao a try. it was the worst chinese food i have eaten in my life. As a cook myself i recognize old food when v see it and man, i'm telling you, i've seen fresher looking food under heat lamps on a chinese lunch buffet at 3pm. Rice had to be day old. i could tell it was fluffed up with water and tasted very stale. Beef was old too. Even the sauce covering couldn't mask the awful texture and taste. Stay away at all costs.
Consistently HORRIBLE FOOD. I live around the corner from Kung Pao, and it's usually doing pretty good business, so after swearing never to order food from there again after the last few times, I caved-in and ordered Combo Fried Rice as well as Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. GROSS! I got home and opened the Shrimp with NOT Lobster Sauce At All. Usually, lobster sauce is a sort of white and eggy sauce, but this was a brown meat broth, lacking any flavor other than salt and soy with water. It was filled with peas that were RAW, and like marbles. The combo rice was also filled with peas that were raw and the whole thing was just gross and without flavor. There are so many Chinese, Thai, and Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles that there is NO WAY I'd ever order from this place again. They're very nice, but nice doesn't fill my belly-- unless I'm hungry for salty marbles, in which case, Yum!
Aviod! Aviod! Avoid! For the love of god, avoid!!. My first and only experience with this place -- When our food arrived, we realized that instead of the chicken dumplings we ordered, the restaurant had given us crab rangoon. No biggie, right? Wrong! We called the restaurant and after much discussion (and headache), they agreed to send us the chicken dumpling they had forgotten. Whatever, everyone makes mistakes. While waiting for the dumplings to arrive, we figured we would eat the corn soup. Unfortunately, when we opened the soup, we realized it was the wrong soup. Again, we called the restaurant. Instead of admitting their mistake, they argued with us and tried to convince us they had sent the correct soup. When the 2nd delivery man arrived with the chicken dumplings we showed him the soup and he admitted to the mistake and called the restaurant for us. I spoke with the manager and he said they would send the correct soup. I asked politely that they simply refund us because we didn't want to delay our dinner any longer and wait for a 3rd delivery guy. The manager refused. I reminded him that we just spent over $50 with them and it would not make any sense to lose a customer because they couldn't refund us for a $5 soup. He remained rude and refused to refund me. He told me to just wait and deal with it. Aside from the awful service, the food sucked. The dumplings were burnt, the sweet and sour shrimp was unedible and the beef tasted like plastic. Worst meal ever! Bad service, bad food, bad management!
Tasteless food that leaves you unstatisfied. My roommate and I ordered delivery from Kung Pao. As food enthusiasts, we were very disappointed in the results. The food just was not good. The pan-fried chicken dumplings were so lacking in filling that they were almost flat. The vegetable moo shu was bitter and unsavoringly sweet, a gray mass studded with undercooked, shredded carrots. The rice papers that accompanied it were flavorless and dry. The chicken chow fun was a mound of overcooked, squishy noddles that were flavorless and stuck together with a sprinkling of chicken (also flavorless). The beef with broccoli did have good flavor with a nice sauce, but the broccoli was overcooked and the beef had that soft, can't-believe-this-came-from-a-cow texture. The white rice was very very dry. The best part of this experience was the staff. The woman who took my order was clear and very friendly, as was the delivery man who arrived ahead of schedule and was all smiles. I only wish their food lived up to the staff! This place is gives you a good amount of food for cheap. But for those in search of delicious, authentic chinese take-out, keep searching.
Chinese delivery that is both tasty and healthy (yes, its possible). We moved to LA from NY, and really missed our chinese delivery... found this place on Citysearch, and took our chances - and it was the best choice! we order from there at least once a week now. This is chinese food from people who actually try to cook healthy. the classic dishes we order (chicken broccoli and steamed dumplings) taste fresh and while flavorful are not overly fried or spiced. We tried a few different classics, and they are always good. Soups also quite yummy. One time we were shopping at the whole foods on fairfax which is right next door so we went in to eat our dinner at the restaurant, and were thrilled to see the place is clean, and the staff very friendly. Always good to see that when its a place where you order deliveries.
amazing chinese. i grew up eating at chinese restaurants...and i feared moving to LA i would struggle finding a fave. My first try, I found Kung Pao Bistro. I have gone back NUMEROUS times (i think they think im crazy) and have gotten amazing service, and wonderful food. Their sizzling rice soup is the BEST i have EVER had..not to mention it has been my fave sopu when i eat @ Chinese restaurants. Their fried wontons are to DIE FOR..the cream chees w/ crab ones....their pork dishes, their beef and broccoli, their everything is amazing. Very modern, clean and appropriately priced. You can order full dishes or half dishes. HIGHLY reccomended.
This Place Has Everything... Literally.
I'm one of those people who absolutely must have my favorites when I go to a Chinese place. I'll try new things, but my routine business is likely to go someplace where I know I can get my usuals, and a great egg roll. Kung Pao has both. You can get everything from the standards (in regular AND vegetarian form) to some harder to find favorites (egg foo yung, dan-dan noodleds) to restaurant specialties (like robot chicken, the nakesake of the cartoon network show). good veggies, good shrimp, good meat, and great fake meat.
I've never had a bad dish here, or bad service. The earlier reviews that suggest that the staff learn English is does not jive with the spirit of the neighborhood where Kung Pao is situated. Learn some tolerance.
One of the best vegan menus in L.A.. Their vegetarian menu is extensive, and on top of it they'll make any of their regular menu items using one of their mock meats upon request. Their veggie orange "chicken" tastes so much like what I remember real orange chicken to taste like that I've sometimes found myself closely inspecting it to make sure its not the real thing (but it never is the real thing, so don't worry about that). I've been going on a weekly basis since I first went there a few months ago, and the few times I've dined in, the service has always been pretty fast. If you're going to phone in your order for pickup though, I'd call about 20 minutes in advance, because sometimes they can get backed up with their phone orders. The parking lot can sometimes be a nightmare to navigate, but at least once you're there, you can walk right over to Whole Foods to pick up whatever veggie items you might need for home. ;)
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