Definitely a whole lot better than anything else in shouting distance of the Pacific (at least this side of the Pacific).
At 8:45 the wait for two was about 20 minutes.
The scallion pancakes and veggies (sauteed snap peas, green beans) were spot on. Tthough they serve the pancake with a dipping sauce that is more like tempura sauce (with mirin and Japanese radish, maybe ginger too, I made my own instead with soy, vinegar and chili). Pan Fried dumplings need work -- not nearly crispy enough.
Xlb wrappers were not as good as Din Tai Fung but still pretty good. The crab filling was really good, maybe better than DTF - very fresh and high quality crab. Had a good stir fry of shrimp and shishito (again, the seafood is much better than at the average Chinese/Taiwanese joint).
Did not get the shanghai rice cakes but they looked very legit. Owners (or managers) were really nice and enthusiastic and genuinely wanted feedback. They are planning to add beef noodle soup and fried pork chops soon. I will return.
2049 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles