Bao Dim Sum
8256 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Bao Dim Sum in Los Angeles brings authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum to the west side in a chic but old-world atmosphere that’s perfect for family dining and dates.
I have been obsessed with dim sum these past few weeks so when I was invited to go to this trendy restaurant in the heart of Hollywood, there was no way I was going to say no.
Reservations are a must or plan on waiting for a table, we got there without reservations, on a Saturday around 3:00 and had a 20-minute wait so I can only imagine the wait time for lunch or dinner.
Bao Dim Sum offers a variety of traditional dishes from Bao to dumplings, they even have chicken feet! Parking is limited and expect to park on the streets with meter parking. Boa Dim Sum offers drinks in a bar setting however we forego’d the drinks.
We ordered the garlic string beans, they were perfectly cooked, they had a “snap” to them and had the perfect amount of garlic. If you are coming on a date, be prepared to share this dish so you both have the garlic breath!
We also ordered the shrimp dumplings which were delicious! The shrimp dumplings had the perfect balance of shrimp to bamboo shoots. The only issue I had was the wrapping as when I used the chopsticks to pick up a dumpling, the shrimp separated from the wrapping, I was a little disappointed but soon enough I figured out a way to enjoy eating them together. To better understand what a dumpling is, it’s leavened dough that is either boiled or steamed and served in soups. Dumplings are most commonly formed from flour or meal bound with egg and then simmered in water or gravy stock until they take on a light cakey texture.
Just for a twist of ordering, we ordered the mixed vegetable baos instead of the traditional bbq pork. I was with someone who doesn’t tend to eat pork so we decided to try something different, I’m happy to have tried these vegetable bao’s but I think next time I would go with the traditional pork. To describe a Bao, it’s a delicious, warm, fluffy treat of stuffing wrapped inside a sweet, white dough…. simply said, it is a type of bun or bread-like filled dumpling that originates from Chinese cuisines.
Here is the bar area 🙂
FINAL THOUGHTS: I think this was a great restaurant, the food was very traditional and the food came out hot and the ingredients felt “clean” not greasy or overdone. I feel like the restaurant is a perfect balance for traditional meets trendy for LA. It’s quite a different experience than visiting Downtown LA’s China Town.
For a Date: This is the perfect date for dinner or lunch. They are currently offering in-door or outdoor dining and it’s not super load! Service for us was great, outside of trying to track down the waiter for more water lol.
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