Imperial Chinese Restaurant
I am not a really big fan of Chinese food. Don’t get me wrong, I, like most of you, enjoy a hot plate of beef and broccoli, but as the old wives’ tale about Chinese food suggest, I am hungry an hour after I eat it. So, when the Chinese food craving starts in our little family of three, we usually opt for the closest restaurant in our neighborhood, and that happens to be the Imperial Chinese Restaurant located in East Simi Valley.
Even with my preconceived notions of Chinese food, I am open to trying almost anything, and when the Hubby suggested an evening with the son at the Imperial Chinese Restaurant, I was in. We have ordered from the Imperial a few times and have been pleased with the food and convenience of picking it up or having it delivered, but up until this point we had not actually dined in the dining room of the restaurant.
Located in a flat roofed strip mall on the corner of Los Angeles and Yosemite Avenues, The Imperial Chinese Restaurant welcomes it’s guest with large wooden doors that feature a dragon-face door pull (my five-year-old son was thoroughly impressed). Through the wooden doors is a small waiting area that was a little messy, and didn’t offer the best first impression. The rest of the dinning room is large and dimly lit, with tables in the middle surrounded by older booths around the perimeter, and decorated with friendly-faced Buddha’s in various alcoves along the walls.
The menu at the Imperial Restaurant features what you would expect from a Chinese place in a suburban neighborhood: paper wrapped chicken, hot and sour soup, Szechuan chicken, duckling, seafood, beef and pork selections, along with various rice and noodle dishes. The prices are fair, appetizers starting at $3.55 for fried wontons, a plate of beef broccoli for $9.25, and the servings are generous. On this particular outing the Hubs and I ordered the California Dinner, priced at $11.95 per person. The Imperial’s California Dinner offers three appetizers, a choice of two soups, rice, and the choice of an entrée. I chose the garlic chicken, it was full of flavor, hot, and delicious, while the Hubs went for the beef chow mein, of which the beef was very tender and the noodles were delightful. My five-year old isn’t really adventurous enough to try much, but he did enjoy the rice, egg rolls, and the miniscule bites of garlic chicken and beef we had to bribe him into giving a try.
Here’s the deal with the Imperial Chinese Restaurant, the food is very good, but the dinning room is in need of an update and the wait staff isn’t the friendliest. I highly recommend placing an order for pick-up or for delivery, this way you can enjoy the Imperial Chinese Restaurant’s excellent food without the distractions of what the dinning room is lacking.
Imperial Chinese Restaurant
5772 Los Angeles Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 63063
Tue. – Thur. 11:30 am- 9:00 pm
Fri. – Sat. 11:30 am –9:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm- 9:00pm