As some of you may have noticed, I describe the area where I live as one of the many wastelands for Chinese food that exist throughout the Los Angeles area. As such I never dreamed that there would be XLB or dim sum anyplace close to my house. Yet, ixlb has just soft opened on the corner of Sunset and Bronson. Limited hours (3 hours at both lunch and at dinner), though they say that eventually they’ll be open from 7am to 9pm. Everything on the menu is $3.95, with about half of the menu items available during the soft open. I had the baked bbq pork buns, the XLB, and the bo lo bao, all of which I would describe as serviceable. Take out only and eventually ordering will be via iPad. If they really will start opening up at 7am I could see myself stopping by here on the way to work.
Of course the elephant in the room is whether the dim sum is home made or comes from an outside supplier. My items were ready to go within five minutes of ordering. I’ve expressed my skepticism before https://www.menuism.com/blog/who-really-makes-your-chinese-food/
and after reading Clarissa Wei’s subsequent article about the El Monte dim sum factory, I have a suspicious eye on all common dim sum varieties.