Malibu Court Criminal Docket
The scene: A minimalist-chic restaurant with starched white tablecloths and a crisply suited waitstaff.
The defendant: The first last name in refined Chinese cuisine, Mr. Chow.
The accusation: Having first imported traditional Beijing recipes and creative dishes to Beverly Hills in 1974, the illustrious restaurateur is charged with opening a glamorous, seaside outpost in the Malibu Country Mart.
Trusted accomplices, including green prawns, Ma Mignon (marinated filet), and Beijing duck (roasted to order), are under indictment for aiding and abetting.
A champagne trolley, dessert cart (chocolate fondant, Key lime cheesecake), and custom cocktails have been held for questioning.
The sleek eatery reportedly deals outstanding fare to a sold-out crowd on a nightly basis.
The verdict: Further evidence required. Table for two, please.
Mr Chow Malibu, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, between Pacific Coast Highway and Civic Center Way, suite 18a, Malibu (310-456-7600 or mrchow.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Austin Hargrave