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Tuesday, February 08, 2005
A Bigger Little Village
We just returned from dinner at Little Village, one of our favorite spots
in Chinatown, where we tried the lamb stew featured on the
blackboard menu (which also listed Volcano Pork Chop, wonder what
that is...?). The stew was served over a table burner so it continued to
simmer and develop as we enjoyed it. Strong presence of ginger and
of course bones and things that make a really rich stew.
Little Village has taken over the space next door, masterfully
redecorated it, and is now able to handle extra-large family banquets.
They also recently added one of those state-of-the-art touch-screen
computer ordering systems, so "little" Little Village is obviously geared
up for the big time in Chinese dining.
The first thing to catch your eye will probably be the mural of a Canton
valley in the expanded dining area. The new space also includes a
formal dining room towards the rear. In fact, a loud birthday party was
in full swing so that we had to shout a bit just to discuss the menu.
The acoustics are very live in the new space.
Ceiling lights shaped like gourds bring some continuity between the
spaces--otherwise, as you cross the little bridge between the old and
the new, you're entering a new environment.
Little Village is also a good bet if you're headed for the nearby Hawaii
Theater or Arts at Marks Garage. When we were running a bit late
one day they were very helpful in expediting our order so that we
enjoyed our meal and still made the show with time to spare.
Little Village Noodle House
113 Smith Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
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