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No Dim Sum West Of The 405?

Chandavkl Nov 10, 2011 03:01 PM

Assuming that Xino closed down as scheduled it looks like you can't get dim sum west of the San Diego Freeway right now in light of The Palace, on Wilshire and Barrington, closing down for at least a temporary period. I didn't know that The Palace was closed for remodeling until I saw the "The Palace re-opening soon" banners outside the premises. That sign wasn't there a week ago, so perhaps that's their announcement of their closing. I took a peek inside and it was dark, and things were clearly messed up, so this could be a long term thing. Indeed, if they didn't have the two large banners outside, but merely the paper sign on the door that they were remodeling the premises, I would have guessed they were gone. This really it makes it desperation time for dim sum in the Westside. The only choice I can think of is Bao on Beverly Blvd., which isn't half bad, but is much more expensive than most of us are used to paying for dim sum.

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

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    mc michael RE: Chandavkl Nov 10, 2011 03:51 PM

    Go East, young man, go East!

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      Servorg RE: mc michael Nov 10, 2011 04:08 PM

      I'm trying pop, but there are all these dad burn internal combustible machines in my dad gum way... ;-D>

    2. CarrieWas218 RE: Chandavkl Nov 11, 2011 05:51 PM

      Sea Empress on Redondo Beach Boulevard in Gardena.

      Used to eat there every weekend when I lived in the South Bay.

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        Chandavkl RE: CarrieWas218 Nov 11, 2011 05:58 PM

        That's east of the 405.

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          flylice2x RE: Chandavkl Nov 14, 2011 12:22 AM

          Actually north of the 405 as it curves around Gardena when you get off at Western.
          South of the 405 in Lomita on PCH

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            CarrieWas218 RE: flylice2x Nov 29, 2011 12:36 PM

            Thanks, Flylice...

            I lived there for ages and now reside in Napa and was SURE it really wasn't EAST of the 405!

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        JBC RE: Chandavkl Nov 12, 2011 08:48 AM

        So - If I can correctly surmise all that I have read above me:

        ..West of the 405 - beer and dim sum simply don't add up....

        Is that right ?

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          Servorg RE: JBC Nov 12, 2011 09:07 AM

          I think that the conclusion is - There is beer west of the 405 as far as the liver can assimilate but the outlook for dim sum can be summed up as so dim as to have no light at all. ;-D>

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            kevin RE: Servorg Nov 12, 2011 10:14 AM

            yes, what about JR Seafood???? (maybe, i'm shrugging my shoulders here possibly), it's in the mini-mall on Santa Monica, near Bundy that used to house a la salsa (and now there's an eatery called Roja's Place there).

            maybe a possibility?

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              Servorg RE: kevin Nov 12, 2011 10:31 AM

              Didn't the one west of the 405 (I think it was on Santa Monica Blvd. near Westgate) turn into a Hop Li Seafood? I don't think they serve dim sum (at least as far as I can recall).

              ADD: It's on the NW corner of Armacost and Santa Monica Blvd.

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                Chandavkl RE: Servorg Nov 12, 2011 11:22 AM

                Yes. J. R. Seafood sold to Hop Li in 2006, and neither one served dim sum.

          2. re: JBC
            Chandavkl RE: JBC Nov 12, 2011 11:18 AM

            In summary, there is no dim sum at all west of the 405. On the Westside (east of the 405) you can get dim sum at Bao on Beverly if you're either (1) willing to pay for it or (2) wait until Happy Hour.

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              mc michael RE: Chandavkl Nov 12, 2011 12:12 PM

              Or you could go to Costco and get some to cook at home.

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                PinotPlease RE: Chandavkl Nov 12, 2011 04:40 PM

                Actually, at Bao there's all day happy hour pricing on about 12-15 dim sum menus at the bar all day long, (and tables during standard happy our times) and you wouldn't have to drink beer if you didn't want to. I think they open around 11am. And as for the prices, I'd say, yes, they're maybe a buck a plate more than some of the beloved SGV "made to order" dim sum places like Elite etc. But, you're not driving as far from the Westside, you have the OPTION of dim sum all day and night, even if there are times that you don't find proper. And the original posting was talking about the demise of Xino, which was as, if not more, expensive than Bao...Just sayin'...

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              selfportrait93 RE: Chandavkl Nov 12, 2011 05:12 PM

              A & W in Reseda, not the one near Sherman Way, serves Dim Sum in the morning.
              It is still west of the 405.

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                JBC RE: selfportrait93 Nov 12, 2011 07:22 PM

                Unfortunately, for those of us who were born and raised here, everything north of Mulholland Dr. is considered the "Forbidden Zone" (think back to the original Planet of the Apes movie) and I personally am " NOT " allowed to go there.

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                  maudies5 RE: JBC Nov 12, 2011 08:31 PM

                  When I want Dim Sum I go to Hong Kong. If I want a little Cantonese food at home, I'll get it from Mandarin Kitchen or Changs in Brentwood (which is surprisingly good). As I said in a previous post I don't like to drive more than 5 miles from home.. OtOH, I'll fly across an ocean for the best dim sum.

                  Mandarin Kitchen
                  1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                    mc michael RE: maudies5 Nov 12, 2011 09:02 PM

                    That would definitely be East of the 405.

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                      maudies5 RE: mc michael Nov 12, 2011 09:51 PM

                      Hong Kong is West of the 405 if you are traveling transpac from LAX. If traveling on RTW ticket, one could go in either direction.

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                        Servorg RE: maudies5 Nov 13, 2011 12:28 AM

                        Doesn't matter in which direction you approach it, Hong Kong is and will always be located in the Eastern Hemisphere of our world...

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                      kevin RE: maudies5 Nov 13, 2011 12:26 AM

                      I heard of Mandarin Kitchen on Westwood Blvd for sort of authentic, at least for Westwide purposes, Chinese food.

                      What's good to get here? Or is it just slightly ok for the Westside? And is it supposed to be a Cantonese seafood house?

                      Also, on another note and digression, how's Hu's Szechuan on National, in the Palms area?

                      Mandarin Kitchen
                      1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                        Chandavkl RE: kevin Nov 13, 2011 08:29 AM

                        Mandarin Kitchen's menu isn't that much different from a typical Hong Kong style restaurant (they even have fish maw soup), except for the egg foo yung section for the locals. Everything I've had there has been good. I consider Hu's to be largely Americanized, the best Chinese option on the Westside in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s until places like J.R. Seafood opened up.

                        Mandarin Kitchen
                        1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                          redrover RE: Chandavkl Nov 13, 2011 10:55 AM

                          Hong Kong is considered "eastern" because it's east of Europe via the most direct route. But the most direct route from California to Hong Kong goes west. Thus there is a restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area known as Hong Kong East Ocean.

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                            nosh RE: Chandavkl Nov 13, 2011 02:27 PM

                            At Mandarin Kitchen I've liked the Mongolian Beef, the shrimp or scallop or chicken with mixed vegetables in garlic sauce, and the fried pork chops. Their unthickened hot'n'sour soup has a zing. The kung pao and chicken in black bean and chili sauce have been misses -- bland with way to much onion and green bell pepper.

                            At Hu's I really like the chicken or shrimp kung pao, the eggplant, and the twice-cooked pork (w/o tofu). I really like that many of their lunch specials come with a refreshing chinese chicken salad between the soup and entree. I don't like the overbattered sweet'n'sour chicken or shrimp.

                            I think the lunch combos are the much better value at either, and Mandarin Kitchen offers theirs until 5. If you'd like to meet up to try more dishes, Kevin, send me an email.

                            Mandarin Kitchen
                            1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                              ZoeZ RE: nosh Nov 14, 2011 10:27 AM

                              MK is the unsung hero of Chinese food on the West side. Wilson dispatches fast orders like the comfort meal ordered on Saturday - porridge with chicken and egg, pot stickers and lobster with green onions (meaty lobster). Portions are large. Ask for egg foo yung (a staple of mineto be made with light oil otherwise it could be swimming.

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                                kevin RE: ZoeZ Nov 14, 2011 11:46 AM

                                lobster with greeen onions? i'm so there.

                                and i'll have to to try the shrimp kung pao and eggplant at hu"s

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                                  nosh RE: kevin Nov 15, 2011 06:37 PM

                                  Kung pao shrimp not on the lunch specials at Hu's -- eggplant and kung pao chicken are.

                  2. Bob Brooks RE: Chandavkl Nov 15, 2011 10:07 PM

                    FWIW, I drove by the Palace this evening about 6:30. The lights were on and there were what appeared to be waiter types walking about the un-set tables. Don't know what that means but it would suggest something less than a permanent closure.

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                      jsandler RE: Chandavkl Nov 27, 2011 01:28 PM

                      The Palace has reopened. Had dim sum today. My dim sum experience is limited to just a few meals, but I thought the food was good. Favorites were the shrimp noodles, the har gow and the baked custard buns. Service, however, was lacking. There were only three or few carts and we had to wait quite a while at times for one to come by. We were seated in the back room, though. Perhaps sitting in the main room would have produced better service.

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                        nosh RE: jsandler Nov 29, 2011 06:37 PM

                        For those unfamiliar, the Palace is the former VIP Seafood, on the second floor of the minimall on the N/W corner of Wilshire and Barrington. There is a parking attendant so I believe it costs in the lot there. They do indeed have a Grand Opening banner hung there today.

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                          Chandavkl RE: nosh Dec 1, 2011 02:50 PM

                          New ownership, new menu, new selection on the carts.

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                            Servorg RE: Chandavkl Dec 1, 2011 03:13 PM

                            They have their complete dim sum menu here with photos, prices and it's in English and Chinese. Dim sum is served all day up until they close. Until 3 PM they serve from carts and after 3 PM you order off the menu.

                            Added place link with website and menu to the CH database.

                            The Palace
                            11701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                              kevin RE: Servorg Dec 1, 2011 03:41 PM

                              But is this joint any good for Westside dim sum???

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                                Servorg RE: kevin Dec 1, 2011 03:43 PM

                                Only you, Kemo Sabe, can answer that one...

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                                Chandavkl RE: Servorg Dec 1, 2011 03:46 PM

                                I think is the dim sum menu from the predecessor Palace. They had the same menu in the restaurant today, but with all kinds of scribblings and white outs on it. They also caveated that some of the items on the menu were not actually available.

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                                  lapizzamaven RE: Chandavkl Jan 20, 2012 08:56 PM

                                  Had lunch at the Palace yesterday. Quite acceptable dim sum...not Sea Harbour but definitely acceptable. We also had excellent service, the carts were rolling by pretty regularly...Har Gow, Shu Mai, the sticky rice also quite good. and to top it off, had our first hispanic waiter at a dim sum restaurant...gung hay fat choy, y'all!

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