Dim sum for dinner? Yes!
The other day I noticed a post from someone who wanted to go to the SGV and get dim sum for dinner. For many years this was a fantasy of mine, dashed to the ground multiple times because, as I found out, dim sum is not a traditional dinner food.
Enter Bao Dim Sum house into my life a couple years back. It's in the space of an old Korean BBQ place on Beverly and Sweetzer, and you kind of get the sense they're hedging their bets (or it's too expensive to disconnect the gas) because the tables are constructed right on top of the old BBQ grills.
I was so inspired by the thought, the SO and I went there last night to check in. Delicious as usual so I was inspired to post.
Anyway, it's a very cool, large room. Really good, authentic dim sum, the Har Gow is a standout, and it's one of the few places I've found pea shoots in garlic on a regular menu west of Chinatown (except for Jar, strangely enough...) I've heard the chef is from one of the big dim sum joints in the SGV, forget the name, but I would put the Bao dim sum house up against a lot that I've had in the SGV over the years. Yes, it's a little bit more expensive, I'd say we paid maybe 25% more than we would have for the same meal at Lunasia. And there's no carts,if you're looking for that experience, it's made to order. And, if you eat at the bar it's happy hour pricing (1.99 Sapporo drafts, 4 wine. More limited dim sum choices but still about 15 things to choose from.)
I'm not saying that it's the absolute ultimate dim sum house, but it's pretty damn good, it's a nice atmosphere, the service is great, you can get your drink on and do it after dark.
Bao Dim Sum House
8256 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Historically there's been a correlation between quality and tradition, which may account for the ambivalent attitude towards dim sum for dinner. That doesn't have to be the case. When I was living near London, an outstandingly good dim sum restaurant opened that served dim sum all day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yauatcha). Sadly, that's something we don't get much of here in LA -- no-comprise ethnic dining intended for a non-ethnic audience (Sushi appears to be the notable exception).