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Dim Sum in West LA

nancyrs Aug 19, 2012 12:14 PM

An suggestions for Dim Sum on the West side We do not want to travel to Down Town or East of Down Town .... we know that is where the best is to be found, but hoping for a suggestion for a Sunday brunch.

  1. Chandavkl Aug 19, 2012 12:27 PM

    The Palace (11701 Wilshire @ Barrington) appears to be an upgrade over the last iteration of VIP Harbor Seafood at that location. I need to go back to confirm, though. Bao on Beverly Bl. was decent, but pricey, and who knows what they'll look like after they reopen from their renovation. I believe those are the only two Westside sources for dim sum these days.

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    1. re: Chandavkl
      nancyrs Aug 19, 2012 12:35 PM

      Thanks, I was hoping that I was missing some thing. We have been to both and I agree with your remakrs

      1. re: Chandavkl
        Thor123 Aug 19, 2012 01:11 PM

        Bao is very good and well more expensive than many by no means expensive. Especially given the nice room, service and full bar. I am taking out from Bao tonight.

        1. re: Thor123
          NYCnowLA Aug 19, 2012 02:31 PM

          that might be a problem. they are renovating and will not open til monday.


        2. re: Chandavkl
          PeterCC Aug 19, 2012 09:17 PM

          I'd go to Chin Chin in Brentwood before The Palace. While their dim selection selection is minimal and preparation more Americanized, at least I can't fool myself into thinking it might be both authentic and good like I do when I go to The Palace (I'll give them authentic, but it's just not very good).

          I like Bao the best out of any place West of the 110. Much better quality, a decent selection, and , yes, pricier.

          Chandavkl, have you been able to try the dim sum from Chynna? I think they've been at a few events and possibly in their soft-open stage. They open September 1st. http://www.chynnadtla.com/

          1. re: PeterCC
            maudies5 Aug 19, 2012 09:52 PM

            PeterCC, with all due respect, Chin Chin is the last place I would consider for anything resembling Chinese food. I can not think of one good dim sum dish. Nor, can I think of any decent soup.. Even their much lauded chicken salad is a mere shadow of it's former self. I will say that the Brentwood location, IMHO is the worst of the Chin Chins. The best is on South Beverly Drive.

            1. re: maudies5
              PeterCC Aug 19, 2012 10:19 PM

              Well, I don't go there thinking I'm getting Chinese food. Like I said, that way I'm not disappointed like I am every time I go to The Palace, so I was more using it to show my disdain for The Palace rather than as an actual endorsement of Chin Chin. ;-)

              But I do go there (to Chin Chin) on rare occasions because my wife does still like the chicken salad, which is obviously not very Chinese, and the kids like the Jean's Long Life Noodles. I do admit I'll order the Yang Chow fried rice (hard to mess up rice, eggs, shrimp, pork, and peas & carrots) when I'm too lazy to make fried rice myself.

              1. re: PeterCC
                Chandavkl Aug 21, 2012 11:12 PM

                I have actually seen fried rice messed up a couple of times. Most notably in Fargo, ND.

                1. re: Chandavkl
                  ipsedixit Aug 22, 2012 12:32 PM

                  Well-prepared fried rice is an art onto itself, and quite difficult to do well.

                  Sort of like scrambled eggs. Everyone can make scrambled eggs, but only a select few can make scrambled eggs well.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    Chandavkl Aug 22, 2012 05:33 PM

                    Yes, but most steam table 99 cent fried rice is pretty decent.

                    1. re: Chandavkl
                      Servorg Aug 22, 2012 07:29 PM

                      I think the fried rice at Union Buffet is pretty darn tasty (to echo your point).

                      1. re: Servorg
                        PeterCC Aug 22, 2012 08:36 PM

                        What it is, I think, that helps even mediocre restaurants to make decent fried rice is the industrial-strength burners and the huge woks. It is much harder to get the appropriate temperature on a non-professional stove or a large enough surface area in a consumer "wok" to make good fried rice in a home kitchen without some skill.

                      2. re: Chandavkl
                        ipsedixit Aug 22, 2012 08:56 PM

                        Yes, but most steam table 99 cent fried rice is pretty decent.

                        I beg differ.

                2. re: maudies5
                  Chandavkl Aug 19, 2012 10:21 PM

                  Yes, Beverly Drive location is edible.

                3. re: PeterCC
                  Chandavkl Aug 19, 2012 10:20 PM

                  I'll wait for Chynna to officially open. Maybe even later due to the hype.

                  1. re: Chandavkl
                    ipsedixit Aug 20, 2012 10:57 AM

                    I think my mom would slap me silly if I paid $10 for a dim sum dish

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Chandavkl Aug 20, 2012 11:37 AM

                      Occasionally it's worth it (Lai Wah Heen in Toronto). But yeah, if you have to compare prices to WP24 it's not a good sign.

                      1. re: Chandavkl
                        BSW6490 Aug 22, 2012 12:59 PM

                        Most of the items at Bao Dim Sum are in the $4-$5 range for 3-4 nice sized pieces. The 3-piece crispy crab ball is $5.95 and off the charts.


                        1. re: BSW6490
                          ipsedixit Aug 22, 2012 01:05 PM

                          We were talking about Chynna, not Bao.

                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            BSW6490 Aug 22, 2012 01:20 PM

                            I understand. Early comment was that Bao too was pricy. Looking at the menu at Chynna, it seems most of their dim sum is priced $4-$5 as well.

                      2. re: ipsedixit
                        mdpilam Aug 23, 2012 11:00 PM

                        Haha, then don't eat dim sum in DC.

                        (Couldn't help myself - been living in DC for past yr and a half, coming back for a LA trip...)

                        1. re: mdpilam
                          Chandavkl Aug 23, 2012 11:08 PM

                          Price isn't the main reason for not eating dim sum in DC. (Referring to the city limits. OK stuff in VA, MD).

                          1. re: Chandavkl
                            FML Aug 24, 2012 12:16 PM

                            Bao Dim Sum House is NOT good. I was really looking forward to trying this place, and everything left this horrific artificial aftertaste that made me nauseous.

                            1. re: FML
                              Chandavkl Aug 24, 2012 08:07 PM

                              I presume this is under the new management which re-opened the restaurant this week.

                              1. re: Chandavkl
                                BSW6490 Aug 24, 2012 08:16 PM

                                Actually, I believe they re-open Monday. I also dont think management is changing. In any event, I think its quite good and certainly the best on the Westsside.

                                1. re: BSW6490
                                  foolra Sep 3, 2012 12:23 AM

                                  All management and 75% of staff has definitely changed. Also heard some kitchen has left.

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                  lapizzamaven Aug 24, 2012 09:15 PM

                  Been to The Palace twice...went with minimal expectations and on both occasions they were exceeded...shrimp tasted quite fresh and juicy...attentive wait staff...no problem.....not SGV but then, what is!

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