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The church key dim sum on Sunset ????

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Anyone checked it out yet ?

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  1. No. It looks interesting though. Plan to try it next week.

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    1. re: Thor123

      Hey Thor, did you end up going?

      How was it?

    2. Has anyone tried it? I am going a week from Thursday and will report back.

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      1. re: Thor123

        You will be our canary in that coal mine.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            I prefer Message in a Bottle, or is it SOS ? which may just be from the same album.

            Oh, shit to keep it chowish.

            Has anyone tried the dim sum here yet ?

            1. re: kevin

              No, but I'm dying to do a food crawl in Little Tokyo.... You in?!

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                I don't know. That just spells danger and excruciating gluttony.

                You serious ?

                1. re: kevin

                  Yes, I'm afraid I am..... Of course I need months of notice to find someone to take care of my urchins.... Then I'll prolly need a car service back home.... But Fuck Yea I'm serious.... As you said, a hound needs to go to some lengths, and I haven't been doing my share of heavy lifting lately ;)

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Yeah, email me and let's see if we can devise a game plan for months from now.

                    Sadly, I'll probably need a stretcher to roll me into the car service. :)

                    1. re: kevin

                      LOL, will do.... Just heard driven to tears last night, another great one, when they were just beginning...

          2. The space is quite large, but well appointed so it's not cavernous-feeling. The bar is nice, also large.

            This would be a place to hang out for a few hours in the bar, as the dim sum carts come around every 15 minutes or so... i.e., you can't have a meal from the carts.

            Ordered food was well-prepared and we especially liked the pork belly, which featured meaty chunks of pork among greens that were properly dressed.

            The beet salad was also a success, with multi-colored beets and goat cheese. It was a nice-sized dish to share. In fact all the ordered food was a good size to share.

            On to the "dim sum", which arrived on carts twice during our dinner. Each cart had a slightly different offering and we ordered everything on each cart when it arrived.

            Albacore sashimi was delicious, with a slightly spicy, slightly acidic, slightly sweet sauce sparingly applied.

            Free popcorn with vinegar and salt was provided, and it was also a hit.

            Falafel with tahini sauce was our least favorite as it didn't have anything special going on.

            Ocean trout was fine, not as good as the albacore, but richer in texture and flavor.

            We then ordered a pear tart for dessert, which was delicious and served with a fresh, tasty pear sorbet.

            We were a little disappointed at the quantity of dishes on the carts, as we wanted to try a greater variety. But now that we know, we'll plan to spend a little more time, maybe later in the evening with friends to relax and enjoy.

            1. What is going on here? Dim sum? I looked at their online menu and there is no dim sum. Are they open with a different menu lunch/brunch/earlier?

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              1. re: nosh

                Yeah well... the thing is...they're....wrong.

                From what I understand they bring the food in on carts.

                It's kind of like calling a soup a sandwich because they both have vegetables in it.

              2. Would be fascinating to see someone compare State Bird Provisions and Church Key.

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                1. re: BacoMan

                  Now BacoMan I think it would be a bit silly to compare the two. Surely SBP would be better in almost every aspect. Can we not just appreciate that Church Key is trying to do something relatively novel in LA rather than comparing it to one of the most highly lauded restaurants of the last two years?

                  1. re: set0312

                    Whatever happend to Peking Tavern? I thought they were doing dim sum apps in little Tokyo.....

                    1. re: set0312

                      How is one to appreciate something that is inferior in every way to something else?...

                  2. Just bumping this up to see if there are any more reports. I might be eating here in a few weeks, probably w/ some pescatarians, and hoping to find out the best dishes to order, and whether it's worth it!

                    Thanks in advance
                    Dave MP

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                    1. re: Dave MP

                      Went there for a birthday party a few weeks back. Since it was a celebration, my excess amount of cocktails means I don't have great recall of the food. Overall it was good. Space was nice, tables were well spaced and we had a lot of room. I don't remember it being too loud. As you can imagine given the location it's a lot more "night out" than Chowhound. Guys who looked like extras from Night at the Roxbury and girls wearing skirts that made me thrilled I have a son.

                      Food wise I remember the carts being a little more interesting than the menu. Though as noted earlier they were sporadic and really more nibble portions. It's really more of an angle rather than a central focus. Stuff we had - the bread and pretzels from the carts was non-exceptional. I didn't like the Country Ham and sort of remember the brussel sprouts as being lackluster. I did like the tartare and rigatini. We also had a hamachi from a cart that was very good. We had a couple of other items and dessert but at that point the cocktails kicked in so I don't have a clear recollection. Though that in itself may say enough about the food. Cocktails were okay, the main draw per Yelp seems to be the canned cocktails but they were out that night so can't tell if it was because they were good or just kitschy.

                      I was there with 2 pescatarians (inc the Birthday girl) and while not perfect it was fine for them.

                      All in all it was a fine night out but I definitely wouldn't tout it as a place a Chowhound needs to go try.

                      1. re: Discokill

                        Thanks for this report, very helpful. Do you get the sense that most people are there for a full dinner, or is it more a type of place you go to for cocktails and snacks?

                        1. re: Dave MP

                          I loved dinner there -- but the carts, not so much:
                          cute idea but the stuff on them was about 50/50 good/eh. But the menu items we had real shocked us -- we thought we were going for scene and cocktails, solely, and ended up really well fed. I think you will like it.

                          1. re: Dave MP

                            Definitely full dinner. There's a bar scene but if you're at a table I assume it's to eat.