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Nov 10, 2011 03:01 PM

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.

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>

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        1. 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'...