Restaurant: Empress Pavilion
Location: 988 N Hill St #201, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 617-9898
Date: November 5, 2014
Cuisine: Cantonese Dimsum
Rating: Like 20 years ago
For decades, Empress Pavilion has been a Grande Dame of LAs Chinatown scene, offering up Cantonese and Cantonese American fare (and dimsum).
Crispy chow mein with shrimp. Not bad, and one of the better dishes, but no where near as good as Elite.
Overall, Empress Pavilion, well sucked. It was nowhere NEAR as good as even the second tier SGV dimsum houses, and probably slightly worse than the Brentwood place I sometimes go to. This shows up the weakness of the “cart system.” Food tasted warmed over and stale compared to the steamed to order system used at all the good SGV places. It’s worth the extra 5-10 minutes drive!