La Palma >Food & Dining > Panda Inn
2 Centerpointe Dr, La Palma, CA | Directions 9062333.859421 -118.030875
Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm Friday: 11am-10:30pm Saturday: 11am-10:30pm Sunday: 11am-10pm
The best Chinese food, period. – I have been going to Panda Inn for years. Once the lovely Westwood location was unfortunately closed, my boyfriend and I have been travelling from the South Bay to the La Palma location. The food is amazing, the service always prompt and attentive. The servers are magicians the way they get your drinks, appetizers, soup, and entrees out as the words have barely left your lips to order them. My boyfriend and I go there very frequently, at least a couple of times a month, so you know if we are willing to make the trip so often it is definitely worth it!
Our favorites are the jasmine hot tea (free!), crab wontons, hot and sour soup (I crave this soup and have not been able to find anything comparable), honey walnut shrimp (not too much mayo, lots of citrus glaze, perfection!), and their famous orange chicken. We have tried just about everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. Their prices are unbeatable too; our average check with drinks, appetizer, soup, entree comes to $30. Also a little tip - On Sundays they have a to-die-for brunch with sushi, all of their popular main courses, fruit, and all the white chocolate strawberries you can eat!
The only con I can give to Panda Inn is that its newly opened Universal Citywalk location does not live up to standards. The food tasted a little off, and the service was a little frustrating. Maybe since they're new they just don't have their stuff together yet.
Bottom line, the La Palma location is absolutely the best Chinese food you will ever have!
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.
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.
User review by naijadiva – I have dined at this place for over 10 years and it is a favorite. I have come for a romantic date or a quick lunch and the food was excellent. The lunch specials are a great deal which include soup, appetizer and entree. I cant speak about the fish dishes since i havent tried them, but most of the beef and chicken dishes are well prepared. The dish I order the most is the Chicken in Garlic sauce...really spicy. They have a Sunday brunch, but the food selections werent as exciting as the regular menu.. Service is just ok..Definitely popular on Valentine's day
Panda Inn – Amazing asian food the best ever and love the white chocolate dipped fortune cookies..but the service sucks so bad it makes me want to sacrifice going there.
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