Overview | Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of tasting a bit from the Church Key menu during one of the Santa Anita Guest Chef Series held in the Chandelier Room where chef Steven Fretz and team prepared bites for me and a couple hundred race track go-ers. The Church Key has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite some time, but after the teaser I got at Santa Anita it was solidified that I needed to get the full and proper Church Key experience sooner rather than later.
I’d expected the space to be cute based on it’s West Hollywood whereabouts, I’d expected the food to be good based off of the bites I’d had at the track, but I was not expecting to feel the urge to move in, never leave, and obsess over eating dim sum style for the next forever. The Church Key is known for their “interactive” style service that features dim sum style dining with a variety of different types of small plates, an inventive cocktail list with some of the best titles ever created, an adult (meaning alcoholic) frozen “Odder Pops” cart, and much more – all complimentary features to the whimsical yet warm decor. The Church Key does have an a la carte menu featuring bigger “easy to share” dishes, and it’s wise to try a little bit of both a la carte dishes and a few dim sum.
If you’re feeling a bit bored with LA cuisine and haven’t tried The Church Key, do it. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced here yet, and from decor, ambiance, service, to meal, not one thing was disappointing. 5 shiny gold stars Church Key.
Favorite Drink | Mary Funkin’ Poppins: Buffalo Trace Bourbon / Green Chartreuse / Earl Grey Tea / Honey
Must Order | Dim Sum like crazy + Brioche Donuts with a brown butter glaze. Those donuts are life changing. No exaggeration.
Perfect Spot For | Big parties/ birthdays/ dinner meetings, date night, girls night, happy hour, brunch, dinner, a Tuesday night outing, donut craving.
Pro Tip | Order light on a la carte menu because there’s a lot more dim sum carts than you can imagine! You can always order off the menu later, but dim sum comes and goes. Don’t put yourself through dim sum F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out).
Fun Fact | The Church Key searches high and low for the coolest and most unique stamps to use to keep track of dim sum orders – you’ll know what I mean when you dine.
The Church Key | 8730 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069 | (424) 249-3700