Well I wish I could report a thumbs up or thumbs down but unfortunately it's a little more complex than that.
We started with the steamed dumplings and they were tasty albeit the skin was a little tough and chewy. The chinese chicken salad however was made with iceberg lettuce which did not impress me much, and the dressing was a little inconsistent.
The cashew chicken was not so great, although the ingredients individually were fresh -- the flavor seemed off, there was definitely missing something. But the chow fun was outstanding, and the special shrimp dish in hoison sauce was tasty, even if the only other ingredient was chopped green onions (lots of them unfortunately). We finished with the roast duck which was good, although not as meaty as I've had at other places.
The shrimp they used in their dishes was extremely fresh, and I have no complaints about the quality of the food. It just seemed that the flavor of some dishes were a little off, and maybe they were skimping on a few things for whatever the reason.
We got there at 5:15pm and the place was empty, which was no big deal, but when we left at 6:15pm the place was still empty which got me wondering. The waitress did confirm that the place had been sold, and the new owners had been there for a few months. She didn't say if it was just the Santa Monica outlet.
A couple of years ago this was a better restaurant, sad to say. Stopping the dim sum may have been the beginning of the end. Too bad. You can't have too mamy good Chinese restaurants on the westside....
Guess it's back to JR for us.