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- 75%Local Culture
- 62%Business Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- ROC KitchenMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Aug 27, 2013
So you are on the westside or you are a westsider and you want some real dumplings that are not premade frozen or nasty? What are you going to do? Drive out to the SGV in order to get some? Lets be honest… no one wants to do that. So you will end up having something super subpar and just pretend its decent.
Well this is the response you need… Go to ROC Kitchen off sawtelle just south of Santa Monica. In fact the Seoul Sausage restaurant is in the same strip mall. Two decent asian places on one corner O_O Who woulda thought that could happen on the Westside?
Pro Tip: Park on the streets somewhere nearby. Its cheaper than the valet in the back of the building. Free metered parking on Sundays as well!
So this Taiwanese joint has a number of things that are tasty, but from the sampling that I received the pork dumplings were the best of the bunch. I also got to sample their garlic green beans, chicken rice cake, three cup chicken, and the desert taro/red bean dumplings. The food was pretty tasty overall. The dumplings were pretty good but not quite DTF good. The chicken rice cake and three cup chicken were both top notch and quite enjoyable. The garlic green beans were not my speed at all, even though normally this is a favorite of mine. I am not sure why I thought that this dish wasn’t as good as other places. The deserts were totally different than I have had before. I am not a big fan of red bean, so I had the taro and it was just so so.
It was definitely a very fun outing and a way to taste a new joint. I plan on going back if I need some dumplings and am caught on the Westside. They also have outside seating for those nice mornings / afternoons that you just want to chill for a while watching the world go by. That is something that I definitely enjoy.
- ROC KitchenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Apr 05, 2013
Delish Taiwanese joint with fantastically flavored garlic green beans, dumplings, chicken rice cakes, and they even have taro/red bean dumplings for dessert! It's BYOB and their tea is really nice to wash the food down.
They have a valet if there is no parking but there's metered/unregulated parking all around so take a loop around the block.
- ROC KitchenMar 28, 2013
Great place for Taiwanese food in the Sawtelle area. However, since this place is fairly new, I feel like they have not mastered all their dishes yet. Everytime I go, the food would be cooked slightly differently. Still good, though! Get the crab fried rice, green onion pancakes and any type of dumplings.
- ROC KitchenFeb 25, 2013
Hey Westsiders! Want to grab some decent Taiwanese / Chinese food? But don't want to drive to San Gabriel Valley or Chinatown. Here is an option.
Don't walk or drive too fast. You might go right past the restaurant.
They don't have any store sign.
The place is a cozy small. Maybe around 40-50 ppl can fit in the entire place.
The kitchen is open and viewable from most of the tables.
They have handmade dumplings. You heard/read correctly. They do not serve pre-made, previously frozen dumplings.
They have the dough out near the front of the kitchen.
Came here as part of the Gogobot's Lunar New Year luncheon.
It was nice to have the owner come and explain each dish.
Our first plate was green beans with garlic.
It was sauteed and tender crisp. It was not soft nor mushy. It was covered in a nice amouth of garlic. I like a nice amount of garlic but too overwhelming.
Our second plate was crab fried rice. Yummy.
The rice was not overcooked. It was light and fluffy.
They had lots of crab. The pieces of crab were decent size. They were about half an inch in length.
Our third plate was the handmade dumplings. Warning: they contain soup that might be piping hot. Each plate has 6 soup-filled dumplings. So, if you are hungry, you might need to order more than one plate.
And for desert, we got to try their taro / red bean filled dumplings.
It was interesting to try taro filled dumplings.
It was interesting to try red bean filled dumplings.
They used the same dumpling skin/wrapper as their other dumplings.
walk off your food by walking on Sawtelle.
If I was Westside and in the mood for Chinese, I would be a repeat visitor.
- ROC KitchenFeb 18, 2013
I've never had authentic Taiwanese food on the west side but thanks to Gogobot's Lunar New Year luncheon I had the opportunity to try some of their dishes today. Although I wouldn't say the food is better than the food you find in the SGV the food here is still pretty decent.
Tip* There's ample metered parking all around the area and this restaurant doesn't have a sign outside but it is the gray building located right across the street from Giant Robot 2.
- ROC KitchenDec 08, 2012
As the first Taiwanese restaurant on the West Side, I really wanted to love this place. They are still currently in soft opens (although 3 months seems a bit long) and so their menu is still changing. The beef noodle soup and onion pancake will definitely save you a trip to SGV if you're craving Taiwanese food, but if you want amazing soup dumplings, you'll still have to make the drive. I hope that they work out the kinks soon, because I would love to see this restaurant succeed!
- ROC KitchenFirst to ReviewDec 05, 2012
BYO alcohol! they dont have a liquor license yet, so we brought our own sake and beer to share with the guests, chefs, and employees (at the end of the night of course).
we were given hot tea to sip while we waited for a table. nice touch on a cold night. tried a TON of things on the menu. was told the veggies are all really good. had the sugar snap peas, corn, shishito peppers and shrimp, crab fried rice, crab dumplings (why weren't fish dumplings available that night guys!??!), cucumber kimchee, scallion pancakes, and pork dumplings. all great. (well, maybe the peas could have used a little more salt.)
so happy to have a chinese retaurant on the westside finally!