Dinner at Moon House Chinese Cuisine 福滿樓 in West Los Angeles, CA
For the last 2 years, Moon House has been the “go to” place for solid Chinese (mainly Cantonese) food on the Westside, and for the most part, the food is excellent. This place has also been packed in the past Chinese students from UCLA, as well as those who live out on the Westside. However, during this time, prices have been slowly creeping up. What used to be inexpensive and reasonable is now getting to the point of being moderately pricey. Lunch Specials that used to cost $8 or $9 a dish, and a Buy 4 Lunch Special Entrees and Get 1 Free promo, now run about $12 to $14. And that Buy 4 and Get 1 Free promo is no more.
In addition to the higher prices, their Health Inspection Rating dropped, for the first time ever, from an “A” rating. Worse, the rating dropped to a “C.” It makes one wonder if the 2 issues may be the cause for their foot traffic to noticeably drop off some? So, we wonder if the offering of a 40% Off Facebook Discount was in response to the decline in sales? Whatever the reason was, we took advantage of it and dined on 16 different dishes, most of which were prepared well and were tasty.
The most luxurious item they had available was the Peking (Beijing) Duck. Though it may not have been the best preparation, it was more than adequate to satiate our palates.
The one true disappointment of the evening was the Salt & Pepper Calamari. The flour coating on the outside could have used a few more seconds frying in oil, so that the calamari would be nice and crispy. Instead, it was a little gummy, and there was a off taste to the calamari.
Service was good here. With the discount, we saved about $120 on our dinner, and with the cost of $23 per person, this meal was quite a steal.
If you can read Chinese or use a translator app, you may want to ask for the Chinese only menu to order dishes non-Chinese readers don’t know about.
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