It’s a new dumpling day in West Hollywood, as Dumpling Monster surprise opens along Santa Monica Boulevard at 11 a.m. sharp.
Dumpling Monster is the brainchild of Perry Cheung, the chef behind solid neighborhood mainstays like Phorage, ASAP Phorage, and TikiFish. Now he and the team are wrapping their own xiao long bao soup dumplings, folding pleats on their potstickers, and turning out wok-fried veggies and noodles galore. West Hollywood really hasn’t had a dumpling and noodle spot like this, and now denizens can skip the trek to Sawtelle or SGV for this style of Chinese food.
The plan with Dumpling Monster is to keep things effortlessly casual, giving busy diners a chance to dine in, grab and go, or get delivery from names like UberEats, Postmates, Caviar, and DoorDash. It’s a smart move given the lack of accessible Chinese food in the area, and a model that has worked before at places like iXLB Dim Sum Eats in Hollywood and the near-ish European style Stuff’d Dumpling Shop on Melrose. Yes, Tasty Noodle House and Northern Cafe expanded to nearby West Third Street and Beverly Grove, respectively, but Dumpling Monster is the first SGV-style dumpling house to open in the heart of West Hollywood.
Dumpling Monster opens wide today with some limited indoor seating, video-screen menus, and a touch of greenery. Hours start at 11 a.m. and run daily through lunch and dinner, closing at 10 p.m. every night.
Dumpling Monster. 7318 Santa Monica Blvd. #60, West Hollywood, CA.