Not expecting much obviously but the dim sum and food was surprisingly good here.
First and foremost you just have to disregard the pricing. It's at 3-6x markup. Except for the pork and preserved egg congee which was $8 for a massive bowl that serves 4-5. At $8, I had expected a shot sized portion.
By the strictest LA criteria, the wrapper is a bit too soft on the shrimp dumplings and shrimp and chive dumplings. The wrapper on the crystal jade dumplings had a nice chew to it and was very good. The filling for all of them had the nice crunch and fresh shrimp filling you find at top tier dim sum places in LA. Fried rice and congee both had very good textures respectively.
Wanted to try the snow crab XLB and squid ink, shrimp, chive chung fun but they were out or so authentic it was on the menu merely for show and they tell people they are out.
At dinner, the sanpei chicken in clay pot, lobster noodles, and sa cha sea bass were all very good.
Service on both occasions was shockingly good and professional.
A pleasant surprise if one ignores pricing. Complaining about pricing at Hakkasan is probably like complaining about humidity in Miami.
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