My addition to the existing thread seems to have vaporized it from the index, so I’m reposting it here.
Made it down to Lotus this afternoon after a bit of uncertainty. After reading about the mad Yelper’s inability to get answers, I messaged the restaurant as to whether they would be open today. They said they would be open, but given the distance I was traveling to get there, they suggested I call ahead to confirm that they were open. Except that every time I called my call went straight to voice mail. Since I was within about 10 miles of Santa Monica anyway, I decided to take the chance and they were indeed open. I ordered four dishes, but refusing to pay $11 for cheung fun since I never paid that much except for crab or lobster versions.
This is the chicken siu mai, not an especially common dish, but when offered has always been 100 percent chicken. What I got was a chicken and shrimp mixture, akin to the pork and shrimp mixture that is not uncommon at Chinese restaurants. But it’s particularly puzzling to see this combination in a Westside Chinese restaurant, since shrimp is not kosher. This dish was OK.
Not a very diverse crowd when I was there–not too many people looked like me. I certainly wouldn’t come back unless I was in the immediate area, and this dim sum wasn’t worth the $40 tab. Capital Seafood in Beverly Hills is a much better option for dim sum on the Westside.
Why on Earth would you expect a Westside dim sum specialist give a shite about a dish being Kosher? And even without the shrimp the chicken isn’t going to be Kosher!
Dim sum is about the least Kosher meal I can think of - anyone who keeps Kosher - on the Westside, Northside, Eastside or Southside, isn’t going to this place, so they can mix their shu mai with whatever non-Kosher stuff they want. Right @kevin ?
Agree - they usually do a pretty good (non-Kosher) job.
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