Chi Dynasty to open a second location in Studio City next week
Chi Dynasty, the 27-year-old Chinese restaurant that helped give rise to the hopping restaurant row on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz, is heading to the Valley. Owner Jonathan Chi has teamed up with restaurant and nightlife mogul Mike Israyelyan of Muse Lifestyle Group to open a second location in Studio City next week.
Israyelyan, a long-time Chi Dynasty customer, is also behind the decadent nightclub Playhouse Hollywood, as well as a number of slick and fashionable restaurants including Ninethirty and the Backyard. The new Chi Dynasty will be marked by a Muse-style hipness while retaining the same demure, upscale sensibility as the original (lots of rich reds, midnight blacks and gold detailing).
The menu will be much the same as in Los Feliz and includes the restaurant's signature Chinese chicken salad (tossed with ginger, scallions and ground peanuts in a special vinaigrette); Dynasty chicken in ginger-curry sauce; Hunan lamb sauteed with leeks in garlic sauce; kung pao tofu; and walnut shrimp in a rich white sauce.
A friends-and-family party is planned for the weekend, but the general public can get their mu shu on midweek.
Chi Dynasty, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 753-5300; www.chidynasty.com.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Chi Dynasty, Studio City. Credit: Paul Dunker.