MR CHOW

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Mal­ibu Coun­try Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Mal­ibu mr­chow.com Oc­cu­py­ing Nobu’s for­mer space at Mal­ibu Coun­try Mart, celebrity draw­card Mr Chow is open only for din­ner. It’s a must-stop for su­perb, up­scale Chi­nese food. Thanks to its open kitchen, you’re en­ter­tained by tal­ented chefs, led by Ren Zheng Bing, as they put on a culi­nary show – whether they’re plat­ing the lux­u­ri­ous Peking duck or turn­ing a mound of dough into im­pos­si­bly thin rib­bons within two min­utes. This is the­atri­cal din­ing at its best as they bounce, stretch and twist the dough. Cult favourites at Mr Chow in­clude the green prawns, chicken sa­tay, ten­der filet mignon and squab let­tuce cups. If you can’t de­cide what to or­der, the wait­staff will hap­pily guide you – trust them and en­joy. You can also ask about se­cret, off-menu items such as the salt-and-pep­per pe­tit potato, spe­cial duck rolls, salt-and-pep­per mush­rooms and Bei­jing-style sea bass. This par­tic­u­lar Mr Chow restau­rant (there are six in the US and out­posts in Lon­don and Mex­ico City) draws an eclec­tic crowd, in­clud­ing cou­ples en­joy­ing a spe­cial-oc­ca­sion meal and ca­su­ally dressed lo­cals stop­ping by this salu­bri­ous, softly lit space for a bite be­fore head­ing home. It’s a fan­tas­tic feast for the senses.

(From top) Re­laxed yet re­fined din­ing at Mal­ibu Beach Inn’s CBC; Chi­nese restau­rant to the stars, Mr Chow

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