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May 21, 2014 03:26 PM

A & K CHINESE RESTAURANT, anybody been?

Read a blurb about it in Eater saying the XLB are some of the best. Not a yelp guy but cross referenced it and only 2 reviews. I will travel across the desert (oh wait I will be!) for great XLB and one of the pics certainly looked worthy. TIA for any response!

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  1. I’ll be interested to hear reports on this as well. Husband and I are visiting in August and we always try to eat XLB while in town as we don’t have any viable options here in Kansas City.

    In our past visits we haven’t had a car, so we’ve just taken the convenient, albeit pricier, route of Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars. This trip, we plan to rent a car for one day so that we’re able to visit some craft beer locations and have our first LOS experience (hooray!).

    So far, I’ve gathered the following regarding XLB:
    • 1900 Asian: BRB reported was theirs were flavorless

    • Wing Lei: uhockey enjoyed XLB during their Year of the Horse brunch earlier this year, but they are not listed on the current (April 2014) menu. We are staying at the Wynn so I will certainly stop by and inquire on the off-chance they might be available.

    • China Mama: LVI, you had mentioned awhile back that their XLB weren’t anything special. At $11 for order of 8, I’d probably just as soon go to Beijing Noodle.

    • Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace: Dave Feldman mentioned that they have XLB, although it’s not clear from their website whether it’s an everyday offering.

    • Since New Shanghai and Three Villages are both closed, Noodle Pot and Chang’s Hong Kong seem to be the only other options I’ve found besides A & K.

    Looking forward to any new XLB info anyone can offer. :)

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    1. re: butterfli311

      See my comment to LVI. Just for the record, I wouldn't even consider trying the Bacchanal Buffet if a primary reason is to taste the XLB, which were not horrible but were lukewarm, as I recollect. China Mama's were better, if unexceptional.

      There is a Shanghainese place called Edaname on West Flamingo just west of Lindell that opened this year. But I haven't tried it and I'm not aware of any reports here about it.

      1. re: butterfli311

        I will try and get there and report back in a few weeks. Thanks for the above advice. I believe I have been to 1900 also and remember them being very unremarkable. And yes I generally get to China Mama once per trip usually for a later afternoon after lunch pre dinner snack. Their XLB are definitely unremarkable however they have some really wonderful dishes that make it worth the trip for me.

        1. re: butterfli311

          Wait, my friends and I go to 1900 Asian Cuisine for Xiao Long Bao all the time. They are definitely the best you'll get in Vegas.

          Before 1900 opened, everyone said to go to China Mama for the best XLB. I was very disappointed. Since 1900 Asian Cuisine opened up, I've had the XLB multiple times. It has always been solid. It is one of the places my friends and I crave and will drive all the way to Spring Valley for (and we're all well-eaten Asians from California).

          The beef roll is also infinitely better at 1900 Asian Cuisine than at China Mama.

          Of course, if you want really good XLB, you need to go to Din Tai Fung in SoCal instead. Nobody can beat Din Tai Fung's delicate skin and they have so much more soup in them.

          I have not tried A&K yet, but I will soon. Until then, 1900 Asian Cuisine is my spot for XLB in Vegas.

          1. re: ah6tyfour

            It should be noted, to help clear some things up, that "1900" is the current incarnation of "Three Villages" - same ownership; they moved downstairs. I have found the XLB to be decent (nothing better than "decent" in Las Vegas so far, alas), but with a catch - good for multiple diners to share, not so much for a solo.

            Here is the gist - one of the impressive things about them is a thinner skin than usual, yet despite being so thin, it holds up well and does not break easily. But that comes with a catch - because of that they cool quickly. So when you get an order of eight (at a very reasonable price, by the way), the first one will be too hot, the next 3-5 just about right, but by the time you get to the end of the steamer the temperature has dropped a little too much for the last few.

        2. I would probably try A&K over the places listed on butterfli's list below because A&K is a Shanghainese restaurant. That doesn't guarantee the XLB will be good, but in my experience, it's almost impossible to find excellent XLB in a pan-Chinese or non-Shanghainese restaurant.

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            I have read favorable comments about the XLB in Bund Shanghai though we did not order them on our one visit. According to the menu an order of 8 is $7.50. We did enjoy our entrees of lamb stir fry and Szechuan eggplant hot pot. Both the decor and service are above average.

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              Thanks Dave. As you know I will be there in two weeks to celebrate the 2nd 25th birthday with a fairly large group. I will try and take a quick trip there to try. Maybe I will coordinate it with a Hot n Juicy run while I am at it! Anybody else want to try the weekend of June 6-8 let me know. Would be happy the chow with a few Chows.

              1. re: LVI

                LVI - I'm down for the afternoon of 6/7 if we want to make something work.

                1. re: uhockey

                  Sounds good. I have a 7am tee time at Paiute so that would put 1-2pm as a target. Does that work? I don't want to go much beyond that as dinner at LoS at 8pm and can't infringe on that. LMK.

                  1. re: LVI

                    I can make that work. Earlier, too, if necessary.

                    1. re: LVI

                      Is this still likely?
                      Kings game at 5:00pm and I'm trying to plan accordingly.

                      1. re: uhockey

                        My friend, it's the RANGAZ game and I'm planning accordingly. :-)

                        I would love to do. If you don't have the time perfectly understand. We have a 7pm tee time at Paiute so figure noon done and at A&K 1pm. I can text as I get better handle. I will hit you on ur blog with my info. And by all means feel free to bring whomever. I will probably have 2-3 others. Nobody in my group quite as freaky about food as I am so will NOT be a long sit down.