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falkfood Feb 11, 2013 05:49 PM

Okay, heard a lot about the soup dumplings here, and they are indeed good. Of course, any time a restaurant gets "hot" the problem isn't what is coming out of the kitchen, it's the capacity of the place (too small) and the staff at the front of the house (too clueless) that screw ya.

I went there with the wife and kids, early on a Saturday night. Yes, Saturday, which means waiting a bit, I know. But the kids are old enough to cool their heels without whining, and the friendly vibe of the good old "put your name and arrival time on the list yourself" thing gave us that warm and fuzzy feeling of communal purpose.

But then the VIP's started rolling in. Anyone who understands the restaurant biz knows that the owner and managers have friends, and these friends get to be seated before everyone else, list or no. But this was a bit over the top. It was pretty much a steady stream of (not surprisingly, Chinese) people jumping the line and getting seated while us mere mortals fogged up the plate glass window with our expectant breath.

Then, when a 4-top that was behind us on the list magically got seated and I complained, I was told that there was ANOTHER LIST inside that was the real state of things -- not that bottom-feeder list upon which I had saddled my hopes. Similar to the walk-sign button at the street corner: it beeps only to make one feel some progress, while the walk-sign arrives on its own damn time.

Anyway, finally seated (just under an hour). Had a variety of soup dumplings. All were delicious. Glass noodles too. Broccoli and kale both were really flavorful. And washed it all down with -- water. Huh? Either they're still waiting on the booze license or the VIPs are Mormons. I'm guessing it's the former.

  1. Hypnotic23 Feb 12, 2013 08:43 AM

    I also dined here on Saturday and was disappointed. I agree, I too was hoping for a drink to start the meal, instead went with at hot tea. I felt the prices were outrageous for the portions you received. I started with the pork soup dumplings and for my entree went with the 3 cup chicken and fried rice with crab, my bill before tip was $40 and the service was terrible, this was at 4:30 too...

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      kevin Feb 11, 2013 09:01 PM

      What do you mean by Huh ???? Is that in reference to why they have not officially opened yet ?

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        Thor123 Feb 12, 2013 07:30 AM

        I think he was fuckin surprised by the lack of drink selection.

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          ipsedixit Feb 12, 2013 07:45 AM

          I think ROC would lose whatever SGV cred it was trying to achieve if it had (gasp) a wine list.

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            Servorg Feb 12, 2013 08:18 AM

            What's wrong with those fuckers at ROC? Why don't they just stand up to those bullies at the Alcoholic Beverage Commission and just serve the wine (and let's throw in some beer too while we're at it) that everyone wants, license or not? Pussies!

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              falkfood Feb 12, 2013 09:11 AM

              Ah, yes, "soft opening" mode. A nice euphemism for no signage and no liquor license. Going on 4 months now. Or is it 5? Makes it doubly important that they get their shit together in the front of the house, while they wait it out with the Bev. Commission. Dumplings with no Tsing Dao? So sad.

              1. re: falkfood
                Servorg Feb 12, 2013 09:15 AM

                There have been hundreds, maybe even thousands, of LA area restaurants who have waited long past their "soft" opening periods (however long they might last) for their ABC license to come through over the years. Did you have difficulty in locating them, given their lack of "signage" to assist you in zeroing in on their door?

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                  falkfood Feb 12, 2013 09:31 AM

                  Aww, sorry I hurt your little feelings about ROC. Please keep patronizing it. I was agreeing with you about the ludicrousness of the ABC process, by the way. It's called subtext. Enjoy.

                  1. re: falkfood
                    Servorg Feb 12, 2013 09:40 AM

                    You seem to want it both ways...dinging them for your having to drink water (huh?) and then agreeing about it not being their fault that they don't have their ABC license. Don't worry about your subtext, worry about your text.

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                      kevin Feb 12, 2013 10:37 AM

                      :)

                      I agree with one of you guys above that they will lose their fucking SGV-style street cred it if they had anything stronger than green jasmine tea. But I guess it's already ruining since they take credit cards which i like.

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                        Servorg Feb 12, 2013 10:39 AM

                        I like beer with Chinese food.

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                          Thor123 Feb 12, 2013 11:06 AM

                          Do they take Am Ex or just fuckin MC?

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                            kevin Feb 12, 2013 12:14 PM

                            You know what, I really don't fucking know. I believe they take MC and/or Visa, but you probably already know the fucking drill with Am Ex.

                            And I'm pretty sure they don't accept Diner's Club, or shudder, shudder, shudder, the Discovery Card (but not at all, positive about that).

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