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West L.A. Dim Sum

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Just saw the thread below on Westside Chinese food and surprised nobody mentioned Royal Star, 3001 Wilshire in Santa Monica. It's a sister restaurant to Ocean Star in Monterey Park, and while the selection is not as broad as Ocean Star, both the dim sum and regular dishes are good enough if you don't want to make the trek to the San Gabriel valley or Chinatown.

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  1. Loved, loved, loved this place. Note the post is 15 years old and no one seemed to care. Hence it's untimely demise.

        1. re: wienermobile

          I was as well. Better than VIP (RIP too) and way better than Palace.

          1. re: TheOffalo

            Just out of curiosity, since the 15 years this post was originally posted, how often did you guys (i.e., nosh, wmobile, TheO) eat at Royal Star?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              It varied, but probably average of once a month or two.

        1. re: wienermobile

          I really miss their chicken pies which was a major reason I frequented there. I think it was the same item that they had at Ocean Star, except it was more reliably available at Royal Star. Then a couple of years after Royal Star went under (around 2006), Ocean Star got rid of all the good dim sum on their menu and went generic/value pricing and that was it for the chicken pie. Strangely I ran into an exact duplicate subsequently at Jade Garden in Louisville, KY. I swear they must have stolen the recipe.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I hear you but I'm trying to reconcile that with the Channel 2 feature a couple years ago where they went behind the scenes to show the dim sum being made in their kitchen.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Yeah, I was thinking maybe bbq pork buns.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    No. What I meant was that they can make them, they just don't.

                    Easier and more cost-effective.

                    Like Italian restaurants can purée tomatoes to make their sauce but easier to buy from Sysco. But if CBS drops by for a Q&A then they definitely whip out the food processor.