Empress Pavilion: "Good, inexpensive Dim Sum in Chinatown" Empress Pavilion Tip by proberts9999

Empress Pavilion, Los Angeles: 4 reviews and 3 photos

If you're downtown (or in Chinatown) and want a good, inexpensive lunch try the Empress Pavilion's dim sum. The place is huge, so even though there's usually a line, seating turns over pretty quick. Every time I go they say it's a 20 minute wait, but I've never waited more than 5, even when there's people waiting outside.

There's a constant stream of dim sum carts going up and down the aisles and many of the dishes are cooked right on the cart. There's enough room you can fit a stroller by your table if need be, and they can take large groups.

Go for lunch though - no dim sum for dinner, and the dinner menu is more expensive.

While you're there: There's a great bakery on the ground floor just off the building's south-east corner called the Phoenix Bakery that I always go for desert. Great Chinese and European treats. In the same building as the restaurant there are two Asian (mainly Japanese) toy stores, a cool Asian t-shirt shop, and an Asian goods market on the ground floor.

Favorite Dish: Chinese Broccoli: Steamed on the cart and served with a garlic sauce.

Address: Bamboo Pavillion: 988 N. Hill Street (Chinatown)
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Take Broadway or Hill to Bernard (last street before the freeway on Hill). Parking in the building is cheap and the entrance is on Bernard. The restaurant is the entire north side of the second floor.
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum
Website: http://www.empresspavilion.com/dimsum.htm

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  • Written Dec 3, 2007
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