DTLA: Happy Hour at LA Live’s Triple 8

Dark Moon

Dark Moon

 

Triple 8 is one of the newest restaurants at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Taking over the old Trader Vic’s space, the newly transformed Chinese restaurant serves a variety of crowd pleasing favorites including dumplings. I checked it out for happy hour before hitting up a movie at the nearby theater.

I spotted the Dark Moon on the menu and it occurred to me it’s really a Brown Derby, a classic Los Angeles tipple. Happy hour drinks are only $6 so that worked out for us. Select wine and sake was also $6 with $1 off draft beers. Even on a Monday, this place gets packed and I can see why considering all the inexpensive drinks.

Dark Moon – Old Forester bourbon, grapefruit, honey

shishito peppers

shishito peppers

 

My friend and I ordered some happy hour appetizers. There were were only two of us but I was intrigued by a lot and would have gotten more but we were on a bit of a time crunch considering we were trying to make a movie.

We started with the shishito peppers. These were done properly and was a nice, bright note to our meal.

veggie dumplings

veggie dumplings

 

I wouldn’t have gone for the veggie dumplings being a carnivore (omnivore) but these were surprisingly tasty. I liked the chunky mixture of veggies.

chicken wings

chicken wings

 

I can’t pass up any chance at chicken wings and especially not during happy hour. These went well with the garlic noodles we also ordered. If we had more time, I would have explored the intriguing fish tofu and tried more dumplings including the chicken and shrimp siu mai (shumai). Usually these dumplings are made with pork so I wanted to try Triple 8’s variation. But they do have the pork and shrimp ones if you want to go for nostalgia.

garlic noodles

garlic noodles

 

The garlic noodles were perfectly al dente with a faint trace of garlic which is how I like them. I don’t mind a little garlic but not so much it’d scare away vampires (or that sexy guy on the next bar stool– hello, did I mention it’s a crowded bar?).

pork xiao long bao

pork xiao long bao

 

I’ve heard so much about the xiao long bao or soup dumplings that we had to order these. I got the pork but they also have chicken available. I found the wrappers a bit thick but I know that’s more traditional. However, there wasn’t much soup.

Overall, I’d come back for happy hour and also try them out for lunch or dinner.

Triple 8 China Bar & Grill

800 W Olympic Blvd., Ste A-120, Los Angeles, CA 90015  —  213-747-3700
 
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