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Xino's In santa monica.

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MonkeyJazz Mar 11, 2011 09:34 AM

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

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  1. Chandavkl RE: MonkeyJazz Mar 11, 2011 02:16 PM

    Did they rework the kitchen?

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/728699

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      thranduil RE: Chandavkl Jul 9, 2011 10:11 AM

      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

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        maudies5 RE: thranduil Aug 8, 2011 05:23 PM

        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

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          kevin RE: maudies5 Aug 9, 2011 04:56 PM

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

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            maudies5 RE: kevin Aug 9, 2011 05:00 PM

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

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              kevin RE: maudies5 Aug 9, 2011 05:03 PM

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

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            maudies5 RE: maudies5 Sep 20, 2011 03:46 PM

            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

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              thranduil RE: maudies5 Sep 20, 2011 04:58 PM

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

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                kevin RE: thranduil Sep 21, 2011 01:49 PM

                Where's Primi? what do they have there?

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                  maudies5 RE: kevin Sep 21, 2011 02:12 PM

                  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.

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                    kevin RE: maudies5 Sep 22, 2011 01:07 PM

                    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.

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                      Servorg RE: kevin Sep 22, 2011 01:38 PM

                      Online menu with prices: http://primialmercato.com/laboratory....

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                        kevin RE: Servorg Sep 23, 2011 11:14 AM

                        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?

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        waterisgood RE: MonkeyJazz Aug 9, 2011 05:28 PM

        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. Chandavkl RE: MonkeyJazz Oct 21, 2011 04:49 PM

          Xino is closing early next month.

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

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            maudies5 RE: Chandavkl Oct 21, 2011 06:27 PM

            Can't say I am surprised.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771510

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              wienermobile RE: maudies5 Oct 21, 2011 06:57 PM

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

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                gordo26 RE: wienermobile Oct 22, 2011 11:29 AM

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

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                  wienermobile RE: gordo26 Nov 2, 2011 12:26 PM

                  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.

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                    maudies5 RE: wienermobile Nov 2, 2011 12:30 PM

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

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                      kevin RE: maudies5 Nov 2, 2011 12:37 PM

                      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

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                      kevin RE: wienermobile Nov 2, 2011 12:32 PM

                      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.

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                        wienermobile RE: kevin Nov 2, 2011 12:40 PM

                        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.

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