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No Dim Sum West Of The 405?

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.

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

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    1. re: mc michael

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

    2. 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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        1. re: Chandavkl

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

          1. re: flylice2x

            Thanks, Flylice...

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

      1. 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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        1. re: JBC

          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>

          1. re: Servorg

            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?

            1. re: kevin

              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.

              1. re: Servorg

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

          2. re: JBC

            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.

            1. re: Chandavkl

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

              1. re: Chandavkl

                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'...

            2. 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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              1. re: selfportrait93

                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.

                1. re: JBC

                  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.

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                  Mandarin Kitchen
                  1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  1. re: maudies5

                    That would definitely be East of the 405.

                    1. re: mc michael

                      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.

                      1. re: maudies5

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

                    2. re: maudies5

                      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?

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                      Mandarin Kitchen
                      1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      1. re: kevin

                        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.

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                        Mandarin Kitchen
                        1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          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.

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            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.

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                            Mandarin Kitchen
                            1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                            1. re: nosh

                              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.

                              1. re: ZoeZ

                                lobster with greeen onions? i'm so there.

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

                                1. re: kevin

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

                  2. 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.

                    1. 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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                      1. re: jsandler

                        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.

                        1. re: nosh

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

                          1. re: Chandavkl

                            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.

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                            The Palace
                            11701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                            1. re: Servorg

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

                              1. re: kevin

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

                              2. re: Servorg

                                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.

                                1. re: Chandavkl

                                  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!