Chinatown: Getting Crab at Master Chef

crab

crab with green onions

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been hearing how great Master Chef Restaurant is and since I’m always happy to check out restaurants in Chinatown, I suggested it to a friend for dinner. We are seafood lovers so ordering the crab was a must order. Our server emphasized several times the crab would be $30 which is a steal (though New Dragon across the street charges even less).

I was a little disappointed by the plating but then we were in a sort of drab, cluttered “sticky table” Chinese restaurant. I had to dig before I found the shell and the delicious brains and “stuff” that my friend and I politely fought over. I had chose the green onions sauce but I think a simple steam would be best next time. The crab was very fresh and sweet.

asparagus in garlic sauce

asparagus in garlic sauce

 

The asparagus was fine. I like it when asparagus isn’t overcooked. Though if you don’t like crunchy asparagus, this may not be for you.

scallops with vegetables

scallops with vegetables

 

We also ordered scallops with vegetables. The scallops were a bit funky and not fresh. I discarded them in favor of the flavorful vegetables. The Chinese broccoli was particularly good.

 

seafood chow mein

seafood chow mein

 

I had asked for the seafood chow mein to be crispy but it came out dry. I spent the meal wondering if I should add a bit of soy sauce on though it didn’t need it. It just needed some moisture. I wished I had gotten it with gravy instead.

Overall I felt the meal was hit or miss. We had a better time at New Dragon across the street. The search for the best Cantonese food in Chinatown continues.

 

Master Chef Restaurant

937 N Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 687-3638

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