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Xino's In santa monica.

This place has the best dim sum ever. Best dim sum cooks from all around town.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Finally went yesterday, albeit for dinner. We would go back. We thought the food was good (westlake soup, garlic noodles, eggplant, roast chicken, side of rice), the patio ambience is very nice. The prices are of course a bit higher than what you would pay for similar food on the Westside (let alone SGV) - usually if we are not cooking Chinese food ourselves, we would do takeout from Mandarin Kitchen (previously Hop Woo), so this is a nice change since we rarely choose the option to be stuck on the 10 trying to get to SGV for dinner. There definitely is a niche for Xino, and would opt for this over PF Changs on the other side of the Third Street Promenade (which we've never gone to)..

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      Hop Woo Restaurant
      1 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

      Mandarin Kitchen
      1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Xino
      395 Santa Monica Blvd #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1. re: thranduil

        Had an excellent Dim Sum lunch today at Xino. Har Gow were outstanding and filled with a bountiful serving of shrimp. I also had the Chicken Shu Mai and the Shanghai ginger dumplings. All three dishes were superb. The portions were generous and the prices, IMHO, were quite fair. My lunch was approximately $16.00. The service could have been a bit quicker, but my server explained that each dish was cooked to order. I believe it. Each dish was extremely fresh and hot. The ginger-vinegar sauce served with the Shanghai dumplings was great. In fact, I would return again and again just for those 3 dishes. Also, nice patio and it was a good day to sit outdoors.

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        Xino
        395 Santa Monica Blvd #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. re: maudies5

          do they have dumplings without pork in them? and also is this a joint in the santa monica place mall?

          1. re: kevin

            Good selection of dumplings without pork. Yes, it is at the top of the Santa Monica Place Mall.

            1. re: maudies5

              i'll have to check it out, along with the pierro salvaggio charcuterie joint and the new locale of rockanwagner bakery.

          2. re: maudies5

            Update on Xino. Returned today with a friend who heard me rave about the Dim Sum, particularly the Shanghai Ginger Dumplings. There was a large menu posted outside listing all of the dim sum I remembered and the excellent $19.95 prix fixe meal. We walked in and the hostess seated us (height of lunch hour). There was only 1 table occupied. When the waiter handed us our menus, we were completely confused as it bore no resemblance to the menu posted outside. We asked what happened to the Shanghai dumplings and were told that they had been taken off the menu as well as most of the other Dim Sum items. Then we asked about the Prix Fixe lunch and the waiter told us that there is a new chef and the Prix Fixe Lunch is no longer being offered. Instead, there are "Chef's specials" which are around $15.00 a dish. He said that the restaurant was kind of "in a state of transition." With that, we said we would return when they get their act together. We left and had a perfectly nice lunch at Primi.

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            Xino
            395 Santa Monica Blvd #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            1. re: maudies5

              Too bad we missed the window on decent dim sum on the Westside. :(

              1. re: thranduil

                Where's Primi? what do they have there?

                1. re: kevin

                  Also in the Santa Monica Marketplace. Italian food. Owned by Piero Selvaggio of Valentino. Small but nice menu. The handmade pasta (made on site is great). When I was there yesterday, Primi appeared to be the busiest of the restaurants in the Market.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Ok, illl have to try it out

                    How much are the dishes, it's not the same as the charcuterie section, correct?

                    what are some of the handmade pasta dishes you had there? do they make the duck crespelle? or pumpkim ravioli in brown butter sage sauce? or the beef with barolo wine sauce?

                    how are the prices for the pastas and entree dishes?

                    do they have an on-line menu? now i am very intrigued.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Cool thanks sounds decent if a little pricey.

                        If I'm not mistaken his old restaurant was named Primi, and it might be the location of Steingarten on Pico (near Beverly Glen) now, correct?

      2. I waited quite a while before trying this place since they had bad reviews at the start and I'm not a big Chinese food fan. I am however a fan of good dim sum and the juice dumplings every few months. My husband and I really enjoyed their pork belly porridge - it was seriously good, just seasoned so well. As it was a pre-dinner cocktail thing, we ordered just 2 other dumpling dishes, and both were huge. I think the prices are pretty fair considering the portions and the fact that it's in the Santa Monica Place.

        I also like that they have the same hot mustard sauce that is served at more traditional (and less upscale) dim sum places.

        That being said, I will not be a regular as I am at Sonoma. If I'm in the mood for dim sum, I'd rather have it at one of those more traiditional places. If I'm in the mood to the dine at Santa Monica Place, I'd rather it not be Chinese food.

        1. Xino is closing early next month.

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          Xino
          395 Santa Monica Blvd #308, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            1. re: maudies5

              I am actually surprised we aren't seeing more closings up there on the third floor.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Wait for it....This is the first of many in my opinion.....

                1. re: gordo26

                  Primi al Mercato, Piero Selvaggio's Italian restaurant and bar in The Market of the Santa Monica Place mall, closed on Monday. Third floor is in big trouble.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Apparently, Piero's charcuterie is still open. That market place appears to be a disaster.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      It looks like The Curious Palate might be the only one haning in there. At least it looked moderately busy in the evenings. And it additionally has the cachet from the original location along Venice in Mar Vista.

                      The mall's efforts in creating the The Market at Santa Monica Place seem to be misguided. Perhaps they would have been more successful if they had brought in other restaurants, cafes, and vendors.

                      As far as coffee houses, they probably would have done better by bringing in Intelligentsia, which now operates a handful of locations. Maybe a Wolfgang Puck restaurant would have helped matters as well as an outpost of Huckleberry. Perhaps. Just my two cents.

                      Overall, it just seems to be a bad version of the permanent market in San Francisco's ferry building.

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                      The Curious Palate
                      395 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                    2. re: wienermobile

                      Wow, I was just there a few days ago, though sadly, I too didn't order anything. I was about to try their tiramisu, and then I thought I'll just try it next time.

                      1. re: kevin

                        They wanted to be like the Ferry Building in S.F. but got everything wrong. It would be great to get a Gott's Roadside or a Cow Girl Creamery. The third floor is both a big disappointment and a missed opportunity.