If fortune cookies came before your meal at Chi-Lin, the message inside would read: “You will find true love within the hour.”
Dream woman, probably not. Dream dumplings, king crab and Peking Duck? Absolutely.
At IDG’s latest (BOA and Rivabella are both within a chopstick’s throw) you’ll experience Chinese food in a whole new light and by that, we mean mostly in the dark.
This very dimly lit restaurant is surrounded by trippy one-way mirrors that reflect real butterfly wings and tree branches into eternity. There’s also a lounge-like bar area, a tea room with retractable roof, and a sexy alcove astutely called “The Cove.”
Your waitress (who is wearing a glittering gold qipao and go-go boots) will probably recommend the hot and sour cocktail. It’s tequila-based and spiced with serrano chile. Word to the wise: suck on the dried plum garnish if your tongue catches fire.
Standout dishes are the soup dumplings (inject them with pink vinegar from an eyedropper), the Hong Kong Pineapple Rice (baked into a hollowed pineapple), and the Peking Duck (it’s the signature dish).
As for the cookie at the end, ours said, “As we rush around living these crazy, frenetic lives, don’t forget to stop and Instagram the roses.”
Hey, you already Instagrammed the butterflies.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Scene: Old money, young dates
Best bets: hot and sour martini; soup dumplings; Peking Duck
Hot seat: In the cove, or one of the perimeter semi-circle booths
Nearby: Rivabella; BOA; Viper Room