As the predecessor thread noted, The Palace at Wilshire and Barrington has re-opened under new ownership, so you can get dim sum west of the 405 again. We tried five different items today as follows.
§ Baked cha shu bao - visually different, looked kind of like a cupcake with a narrow bottom. Quite good, but also quite small.
§ Beef cheung fun - very good, comparable to Chinatown and the SGV
§ Chicken shiu mai - awful. Even discounting the mushrooms embedded throughout the item, which I detest, it was basically flavorless.
§ Sticky rice shrimp ball - Done quite well
§ Shrimp and spinach dumpling - So so. Perhaps overcooked with the tapioca wrapper a little too mushy.
Five items came to about $19.
Bottom line as to whether it's worth the extra cost to avoid a trip to Chinatown or the SGV, I'd say if you're really in the mood for dim sum, definitely yes. However since I'm in the SGV enough there's no need for me to come back here.