Find the standout Bistro Na's in an ordinary shopping block, set just off Rosemead Boulevard. Yes, its façade may appear rather sterile, but one foot inside this expansive room and you will be enveloped in warmth and cordiality. The gentle strains of soothing tunes, bright red and gold accents, as well as ample, well-accoutered tables segue smoothly into a classic and regal Chinese repast.
Proficient and accommodating, the staff is happy to steer diners through the menu—a veritable tome—and wine list. Dishes are then turned out in a judicious manner, unveiling such stellar presentations as sweet and tender shell-on shrimp seasoned with dried red chilies along with more inventive combinations like braised sea cucumber with beef tendon and scallions. Neatly trimmed and gently seared New Zealand lamb chops arrive with lightly fried onions for a divine coupling, and may warrant an order of the perfectly fluffy shrimp fried rice with egg and bonito.
Donning a joyous demeanor and buzzing with an appealing mix of diners, this elegant statesman in Temple City certainly feels like a special-occasion destination.