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The Chi-Lin Dynasty Reigns over Sunset

If you are looking for Haute Chinese Cuisine in a hot scene then Chi Lin on Sunset is about to become your new favorite place! Located in the old Hamburger Hamlet spot Chi-Lin shares it’s walls with and bathrooms with sister restaurant Rivabella-both brought to you by Innovative Dining Group.

The interiors, designed by studio collective, immediately transport you to a sexy night in Hong Kong where suddenly everyone becomes more seductive. Pair that with a Hot and Sour Martini and you might never want to leave.

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Here is a list of my must haves when at Chi-Lin.

Appetizers/Rice

Savory Prawn, Crab, and Asparagus Toast

Completely inventive and tasty, although not the easiest food to put in your mouth. I recommend saving the asparagus for last to avoid looking ridiculous.

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Char Siu Mangalitsa Pork Belly Lettuce Cups

Fancy name for delectable Chinese BBQ pork.

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Wok-Fired Manila Clams with Lap Xuong and Xo Sauce

Worth the taste if you don’t’ mind getting your hands a little dirty.

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Hong Kong Pineapple Fried Rice

Get it for presentation alone! Although I found it slightly more bland compared to traditional fried rice, the pineapple bowl looks great on the table. Maybe not the best reason to choose a dish, but if you just wanted tasty rice you’d be home in your pj’s not out in your Loub’s on the sunset strip.

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Seafood

Braised Black Cod Kang Style

Served over fava beans this cod melts in your mouth!

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Aberdeen Alaskan King Crab*

Absolute must have!! It is the most delicious crab and only requires a fraction of the work to remove it from the shell. It’s served over mung bean noodles and crispy garlic!

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Chrysanthemum Chicken

Succulent Chicken served with chanterelle musthrooms and crispy proscioutto and yes you can eat the flowers!

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Chi Lin Peking Duck*

Another Must have–although you must have it with someone else! The duck is huge—and it should be with a $68 dollar price tag. This dish is best split between a group of 6.

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Black Pepper Two Basil Filet Mignon

Sweet and Tasty, and served with crispy fried basil that melts on your tongue.

Dessert

Chocolate Custard & Five Spice Ice-Cream

The chocolate custard may look like the main act but the Five Spice Ice-Cream is the star of the show on this plate. Unlike anything else I’ve had from the dairy family in a while.

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Yuzu Cheesecake*

This was my favorite–but only order the deserts if you must end with something sweet and instead concentrate your efforts on the main courses.

Overall I would stay away from the veggies and the starches. Besides the egg plant I was not blown away by the Kale Salad or Brussel Sprouts—but who goes out for Chinese and orders Brussell Sprouts anyway.

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Chi Lin is a great place to go to impress, be seen, and make a scene—after all it’s not just anywhere that ends dinner with a sparkler on your table!

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