Lunch time: the most important time for any worker’s day. The rush of work stops and for that one, blissful time of the day, the world slows down; unfortunately, lunch break doesn’t actually work that way. It takes time to go somewhere to eat, to order, wait for food, pay, and head back again, leaving “lunch time” to “rush time”. It takes a restaurant with speedy service and good quality to make lunch time exceptional. Luckily, China Tea House Chinese Restaurant in Torrance has you covered.
Like most Chinese restaurants, China Tea House is efficient and quick. When you come here, you are welcomed by the aging décor of a restaurant whose legacy lies in aged autographed pictures and Christmas cards from families past. Live sea creatures swim in fish tanks for children to mock, and tables are lined with white linen and matching china.
As you sit down and take a look at the lunch menu, you see how extensive it is; over 30 different dishes for under $10. They have the usual, well known dishes like orange chicken and chow mein, but also items better known to the Chinese like beef chow fun with black bean sauce. When you order lunch, you are offered free tea, salad, and egg drop soup before your dishes come out. The salad is sweet, but not much to talk about, and the egg drop soup lacks the savory flavor necessary to make it stand out from boiled water. However, these unsavory dishes shouldn’t distress you from the entrees.
The food comes out quick, a staple of Chinese cuisine. Most dishes will literally come out within five minutes of your order. This way, your food is piping hot and freshly made. Chinese meals are meant to be shared family style, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it on your own. If you are eating with others however, make sure to sample as much food as possible. The seafood dishes are excellent. The shrimp are often very large (the size of a silver dollar), and super delicious. The pork is also extravagant, with incredible ranges in flavors while always staying juicy. The salt & pepper pork is excellent here. The food ranges from sweet (such as sweet and sour shrimp), to spicy (like the kung pao chicken). There are a few hit and miss dishes (the beef chow fun in black bean sauce has a weak sauce), but overall, the food leaves you happy and full. Also, the quantity is bountiful and you get your money’s worth.
China Tea House is the epitome of what quick restaurants should be. They have crafted a lunch menu that is both affordable and extensive, along with service that brings your food so quickly, you can actually take time to enjoy it. China Tea House might not be the best Chinese food in Torrance, but for all they got going for them, they’re definitely worth taking the time for.
China Tea House Chinese Restaurant
3314 Sepulveda Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505