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Empress Pavilion

Bamboo Plaza, 988 N. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-617-9898

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  • Sun 8:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 10am-9:30pm, Sat 9am-10pm
  • $$
  • Business Dining, Family Style, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Validation
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
I can't think of a better way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday than meeting friends here for dim sum. Pace it out, so you won't risk missing the little short ribs in a glorious black-bean sauce, or any of the exquisite and varied steamed dumplings, so transparent you can easily read the contents: shrimp and greens, chicken and mushrooms. My favorite is a bird's-nest-soup dumpling the size of a small bowl; break into it with your spoon, and you'll find a broth so concentrated it tastes as if 10 chickens have been boiled down to get one cupful of soup. But dinners are pretty fine too: If you're lucky, the Dungeness crab steamed with noodles and about half a ton of fresh garlic will be on the menu.

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