San Fernando Valley dwellers, your prayers for shumai have been answered. Shanghai Rose, a new Chinese restaurant with daily dim sum service, is now open on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.
Owner Rose Rong Hu, who started in the restaurant industry as a dim sum cart girl, has opened her new dim sum spot in the space formerly occupied by Chi Dynasty. She also owns the Green Village Chinese restaurant in Sherman Oaks and the now-closed outlets in San Gabriel.
At Shanghai Rose, you can expect to find women pushing carts full of steaming dumplings, but only on the weekends. During the week, it's order-off-a-menu dim sum.
On the menu are plump, meaty shumai, har gow (shrimp dumplings), sticky rice studded with lap cheong wrapped in a lotus leaf, spare ribs in black bean sauce and more traditional dim sum.
There's also flaky, baked barbecue pork pies, steamed and baked barbecue pork buns, Shanghai pork dumplings, roast duck, and for dessert, dan tat (egg custard). The price for most dim sum items is $5.89.
In addition to dim sum, the restaurant serves a large selection of stir-fried noodles, vegetables, pork chops and even orange chicken.
The decor is a mix of bright red table cloths and red walls punctuated with black trim, the servers wear traditional Chinese black tunics, and in the front, a bar features a small aquarium.
Halfway through your order of shumai, you may get confused and think you're in the San Gabriel Valley. But then you remember you can get a black and white cookie from Art's Deli across the street, and all is right with the world again.
Shanghai Rose is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.