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Nov 21, 2013 02:20 PM

ROC, finally went....

Wow, I as so unimpressed : (. I'm far from experienced with xlb, this was the first I've had. The dumpling skins seemed so thick and the filling (I had shrimp & pork) was just ok. Scallion pancakes were not too exciting either. That was all I had there. Are other dishes better?

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    1. Wow, I as so unimpressed : (. I'm far from experienced with xlb, this was the first I've had.


      Maybe you just don't like XLB. Nothing wrong with that; many people don't.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I would like to compare with another place. I really like dumplings, etc. I just felt I would have liked a thinner skin & a bit more flavorful filling. I definitely didnt think it was bad

        1. re: budlit

          Try the SGV places for comparison (I like Jin Jiang). I *love* XLB, but I can't imagine that someone who doesn't know what a good XLB taste would like the ROC version.... Again, you might just not like XLB, but wouldn't it be nice to know? ;)

          1. re: ilysla

            I, for one, am not a big fan of XLB.

      2. You've pretty much hit the nail on the head.

        I'm ok with their three-cup chicken, and garlic string beans, though...

        The yelpster are making this place some serious money, hand over fist, though. They've taken over the adjacent retail space as well in the last few months.

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        1. re: J.L.

          The glass noodle number with crab tasty. Passable potstickers/gyoza for me.

          1. re: J.L.

            Just went for the first time this past weekend. I actually really enjoyed it. We had the XLB (just ok), 3 cup chicken (fantastic), string beans (probably my favorite string beans of all time), scallion pancake (pretty solid; not the best I've ever had but still tasty), pan fried dumplings (good), and dungeness crab fried rice with brown rice (tasty). Service was friendly and fast.

            1. re: Tyus4pt8

              The dumplings had absolutely no taste. The Kale was good but it was hot in some places and lukewarm in others. Not returning.

          2. Huh. When I went, the skin was far too thin and it tore very easily, causing leakage. The pork was nice and savory. It's not a secret that the scallion pancakes at ROC are a joke. Go try one of the Din Tai Fing locations for good XLB, if you haven't already

            1. Went last night, since my younger daughter wanted XLB and I wasn't going to drive from the Westside to SGV (or Glendale) on a Friday to get it. I haven't gone back in over a year, and I was actually pleasantly surprised. It's really not bad... for the Westside. The XLBs are definitely blander than the ones in the SGV, but I thought the skin was decent, not super thin (which is my preference) like DTF, but not too thick. And they held up to my daughter's rough use of chopsticks, not one punctured as she squeezed and stabbed them while eating them. If I had a choice, and the time, I'd choose to go into SGV for my XLB, but these will scratch the itch, temporarily.