homemade everything tastes, homemade wood ear mushrooms, surprisingly good value, affordable pretty, fresh delicio, terrible service, best homemade ginger ale
CAUTION: Deliberate Overcharge on Take Out Bill.
I live two miles away. They charged me $2 delivery charge and then another $2 delivery charge and thought I wouldn't notice. I paid up because I was starving. Ordered there 6 times before. Last time I ordered in fact, I cancelled the order two minutes after placing it. They gave me a bunch of grief about it. Fooled twice.....
If they rip their repeat customers off like this, I would be careful about all other aspects of the food and service.
Love this place.
The propaganda movies are awesome. I have eaten here alone on several occasions and watched the movies...really something to see.
The food is really good, although the waiters are not always the most attentive.
Order the onion pancakes...yummy
The best Chinese food in West Hollywood.
I was studying late with a friend and we both became hungry at 10:00 pm. I went through a bunch of delivery menus and found MAO*s KITCHEN.
My friend and I dissected the menu and decided on the Lettuce Cup for $9.00. The chicken is fresh, chopped up with vegetables including jicama, carrots, greenbeans all in a savory rich healthy sauce. Highly recommend it.
I selected the Mao's Hometown with shrimp - $11.00 as my main course. Full of fresh shrimp and freshly cut vegetables, peppers and amazing huge portions of Wood ear mushrooms in a spicy Hunan Province sauce . My buddy chose the Orange -Ginger $12.00 and asked for the chicken to not be fried. They sent chunks of freshly cooked white-meat with Sichuan peppers and some freshly blanched broccoli. Delicious.
Each selection had its unique sauce that was light and rich with flavor. The portions were very large and there was plenty of left-over food. I can't wait to heat it up today and enjoy it again. We were told it would take 45 minutes to deliver and the food was here in 30 minutes. I'm willing to wait more than an hour if necessary and I will definitely call them again. Last time I ordered Chinese food from Mandarette Cafe on Beverly Boulevard and it was prepared very well, delivered quickly but it was double the price and the portions were considerably smaller.
I've read some of Mao's Kitchen reviews and I can't believe there are foodies taken the time to write a bad review because they don't like the name of the restaurant. Other unhappy customers had to wait for their food or did not get enough attention. This reminds me of a few friends that lost their job and decided to go to school to become a psychologist. All three went through different programs and in no time developed a clientele. Life in Los Angeles.
Got a flyer on the door in the Mid-Wilshire district. Called in a delivery on a Sat nite, was told it would take an hour and the total would be $34 for $26 worth of food off the menu. Decided to pick up the order and save the delivery fee (and time). Called back to change the order and was told it would be ready in 30 min .
Upon arrival the food was ready but still billed at the delivered rate. I asked about the fee and was TOLD they would ring it up at the PU price.... They did NOT. My CC was charged the full delivered price on my PU order.
Could this be the best Chinese west of San Gabriel?. OK, getting past the poor choice for a name, this food is surprisingly good and an even better value -- a great combo in these budget conscious times. Lunch deal is incredible bargain. Everything tastes fresh and homemade, right down to the hot and sour soup which has tofu, wood ear mushrooms and other veggies in it -- gives it a nice depth of flavor. Even a dish like the Salt and Pepper Seafood transcends the oily, batter-soaked horrors served in so many Chinese joints. Ultra-light crust, served with nicely cooked white and green onions. They also have a couple of lamb dishes worth exploring. Haven't covered the menu yet, but we'll continue to drive in from East Hollywood until we do. Friendly service, too!
Kristallnacht stuffed cabbage, anyone?. To understand how revolting the Mao's kitchen menu is, just imagine seeing the following menu in a Jewish delicatessen: Auschwitz roast beef sandwich, Warsaw pastrami, corned beef, Rye bread platter, Crematorium Smoked Salmon, Dr. Joseph Mengele Cream cheese, Goebbels Motzoh ball soup, Kristallnacht stuffed cabbage. In glorifying Mao, the mass murderer who murdered over 70 million of his own people, Mao's kitchen's owner is showing how little he cares for the suffering of his fellow Chinese.
here is the deal:. My friend used to work here. The food is great. The staff is great. It's hot all hell in the summer and the kitchen is clean but the clients are dirty hippies. Again, the fod is great and that's the most important thing!
Yummy Chinese!. Visited this simple, but delicious Melrose spot on Xmas eve, before heading down the street for some improv. I'm generally not one for chinese food at all; it's been ages since I've had any. But went to Mao's on a friend's recommendation, and was not disappointed. Pretty affordable, I had the lettuce wraps with chicken - there was a TON of food! I also had a pork appetizer from the specials menu, and enjoyed both thoroughly! Our waitress was so lovely! Making sure we understood everything on the menu, made suggestions, very friendly and welcoming. I'm totally going back! Atmosphere isn't terribly exciting, but there was no rush to leave, so I enjoyed a leisurely conversation after my meal ended. And! The menu says that the kitchen is willing to accommodate special requests, etc. - I'll be back for sure!
Terrible service. Wow. The service was so spacey. The food took forever, and we were served our entrees in spurts. The food was fine, but out of seven entrees at our table, four were served cold. And I mean freezing cold. My friend thought her plate of lo mein had come from the fridge. And they didn't offer to remake the dishes-- we had to ask specifically. And the dishes were back in 2 minutes, so I am sure they were thrown in the microwave. And they didn't offer to comp anything. I won't be back.
Great veggie-friendly Asian food!. This quiet sister of the original rowdy Mao's in Venice is always nearly empty. I don't know why, as the ambiance is nicer for a calm dinner and they have comfy booths. The food is the same price as well. Nearly everything is easily made vegetarian, and the prices are reasonable, as you can often share a dish. Their homemade ginger ale is the best to drink! Highly suggest the scallion pancake and the model citizen soup.
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