When the L.A. Live outpost of Trader Vic’s closed in the spring, it was unclear what would take its place. Now the reveal has come: A Chinese restaurant featuring dumplings and elegant stir-fry dishes will fill the space at 888 W. Olympic Blvd.

Triple 8 China Bar & Grill is the newest project from restaurateurs Kerry Moy and Michael Kwan, who opened Downtown’s Wokcano, Spear Restaurant (formerly Le Ka) and Bunker Hill Bar and Grill. Triple 8’s menu will revolve around Cantonese cuisine, from the southern portion of China, with a special focus on dim sum, said Moy.

“We wanted to bring some really authentic Cantonese flavors, made by Chinese chefs, to Downtown,” Moy said.

The goal is open Triple 8 in December, Moy said. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, potentially staying open as late as 2 a.m. on weekends.

The menu, Moy said, will include a slew of small dumplings, fluffy steamed baos stuffed with fillings such as barbecued pork (char siu), soups, and larger entrees for sharing. Highlights will include a steamed lobster with garlic and onion, short ribs braised in wine and Chinese herbs, and chicken slow-roasted in a clay pot.

Triple 8 will also offer Peking duck, served traditionally with pancakes, hoisin sauce, sliced cucumbers and scallions, allowing diners to build their own little wraps.

 The restaurant’s design will feature lots of rustic wood and Chinese decorative cues. Early renderings also show a large outdoor patio and a glassed-in private dining room.


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