After soft opening last week, Triple 8 is now open for lunch and dinner and with a full menu. This is another one of these modern but somewhat authentic Chinese places that have opened up in the past 3 or 4 years. Most entrees under $20 (except $108 abalone and $88 Waygu beef). Most appetizers, sides, dim sum under 10. Nice modern space operated by the group that runs Wokcano. I had the XLB, the chicken dumplings and the minced fish stuffed tofu. Both the XLB and the chicken dumplings were on the bland side, as this appears to be one of those eateries that relies on the dipping sauce for full flavor. However their dipping sauce wasn't particularly good and I ended up resuscitating the dishes with salt. XLB had thick skin (which unlike many other diners, I don't appreciate) and was a little dry. Chicken dumplings were actually quite good, one of the best I've had in LA, after salting it up. Tofu was OK. Need to work through the entrees to be able to assess this place.
The manager mentioned the group's next project, which is to bring back the Mon Kee seafood name in the former downtown McCormick & Schmick space by the end of the year. It's intended to be a Hakkasan type of place, so it'll be interesting to see how that develops.