Panda In is always Great!!!.
One of my favorite restaurants of all time, reasonably priced. The bartender Gus is one of a kind. The Sunday Brunch is just over $20 and offers everything on the regualr menu plus two drinks. Check it out
Reliable--if safe--Mandarin cuisine in a chain-designed setting.. The Scene Filled with families with grandparents in tow, this brightly lit chain is not the place for a romantic encounter. Nonetheless, with bustling servers, speedy yet courteous service and spare, geometric decor, the Panda Inn is pleasant for a quick meal. The Food While predictable standards such as sweet-and-sour shrimp, beef with broccoli and chow mein dominate the menu, steer clear of those choices for a more satisfying meal. Vegetarian moo shu is prepared tableside: The server spoons a steaming mixture of bean sprouts, shredded carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts and scrambled egg into a paper-thin pancake, drizzles it with hoisin sauce and rolls it up for you. Honey walnut shrimp is packed with flavor, the succulent crustaceans glazed with a mayonnaise-based sauce with an orange-citrus tang. A specialty, the orange roughy in black bean sauce is hearty, but not as spicy as the menu claims. Ditto the sauce-deficient crispy garlic chicken.
go somewhere else for REAL Chinese food..
First off, I am pure-bred Cantonese, and I've spent more than 1/2 of my life in the city of Canton--so I am biased. This is my in-laws' favorite restaurant, but personally, I'd prefer Chinese food with more of a punch in flavor and smell. For authentic Chinese at a much lower price tag, go somewhere else in Monterey Park.
One of the best Chinese restaurants in L.A..
Yes, as one reviewer mentioned, this isn't the most authentic Chinese restaurant out there - it is quite americanized, very much like P.F. Chang's. However, if you like this type of Chinese restaurant - and I do - Panda is the king. The food is amazing - I recommend the Panda beef, sweet and pungent chicken, and orange chicken. I have eaten everything on the menu and almost everything is good. Service is usually attentive and friendly; only a few times have I received poor service. Portions are generous, and the fortune cookies are even awesome (chocolate dipped). I have taken every family member, friend, and relative that has ever visited me to Panda and every single one of them loved it. I recommend Panda to everyone; it is stellar in almost every respect. I go there once a week on average, and always will.
Chinese food is Chinese food - it's supposed to be oily and greasy. If you want it real, that's the way it's gotta be. In any case, this is not an all-out Chinese food place. Definitely upscaled for the American population, yet the food is worth it! Before I went, I was thinking - upscale Panda Express: hellz no! Actually, their food is tasty - even for someone like me who doesn't eat fast food "Chinese." Portions are very generous as well. Service is good - not too in our face, yet available when we needed. Price is worth the up-scaled enviornment.
Best in Pasadena.
The food is consistently great. Very fresh food and great portions. The Sunday brunch is the best in town for variety & value. The ambiance is beautiful. The servers are friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant!