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Jan 29, 2007 06:09 PM

A&W Chinese on Reseda?

This Friday for lunch I'm going to finally try this spot everybody raves about on here.

Now my question is do you make Dim Sum your entire meal or is that a starter then from there what does the board suggest ordering?

Thanks in advance,


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  1. the dim sum is pretty good considering the lack of nearby alternatives. the extensive is not skimpy, but not so extensive that you can't try most things offered if your party is large enough (4+ people). when we go we usually just get dim sum for the whole meal. maybe order 1 noodle dish on top of that.

    1. You might want to ratchet down your expectations a little. It's good for the SFV, maybe even "the best" in the SFV, but nothing particularly extraordinary compared to the SGV. Interested to hear what you think. We only did dim sum there once, on a Sunday, there was less variety than the bigger dim sum places but I guess that's to be expected. We've also been for dinner a few times.

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      1. re: Debbie W

        Ok, is it that sad? Are we in the SFV saddled with no other "good" choices other than the better than mediocre A&W?

        1. re: wizardx

          Absolutely. Beats a dozen or so years ago when you didn't even have that choice.

      2. After reading so much about this place on the boards, hubby and I tried it for lunch on a Saturday about three weeks ago. I had never had dim sum before. For a first impression, I wasn't impressed. I didn't really like it. There wasn't much of an assortment offered on the carts. We were in and out of there in less than 30 minutes - is that typical? Our next stop was In N' Out.

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        1. re: OneJayneDoe

          Thank you for the honest critique of A&W. It's a very mediocre "Americanized" Chinese place. The dim sum is very very average and was cold. The siu mai was a bit rubbery and guen fun (shrimp rice noodles) was way over cooked. I'd rather drive to SGV or even go to Chinatown over this place.

        2. Desperate doe Chinese food in the valley today so i finally WENT TO A&W today for lunch. Yes, Chinese outside of SG Valley appaently really means settling for "not bad for the Valley" quality...thought someone recommended the fried salt n pepper squid...o boy, talk about needing to lower my expecttions...very rubbery...chow fun was ok...thought i saw interesting orange chicken on a nearby it goes...

          1. Get the House Lobster Special and the House Scallops Special with extra sauce and rice on the side. You won't regret it.

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              1. re: lapizzamaven

                The crab with special sauce also is very good. My brother, who is not a seafood eater, likes their Mongolian beef.

                1. re: Jwsel

                  Driving to San Gabriel takes up a lot of the day. The driving, eating and recovery. So I really appreciate A&W as I do Empress.

                  1. re: Galen

                    Galen, are you referring to Empress Pavillion? I wouldnt compare the 2...A&W also could use a bit more attention to cleanliness...Everything was a little too sticky...Ive had dim sum 4 times at Empress Pavilion and was thouroughly satisfied with the basics...har gow with very fresh tasting juicy shrimp, rice noodle shrimp, shu mai excellent and very clean restaurant. I will give A&W another shot though...

                    Empress Pavilion Restaurant
                    988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                    1. re: lapizzamaven

                      A&W is sticky. Actually, Empress is not sticky at all! But A&W is closer, so I'm forgiving. I really enjoy the dim sum at both places.

                    2. re: Galen

                      Galen, Now I read yours and the other CHers mostly glowing reviews of Tsampa Garden...I like a thicker ,chewy noodle...Sounds like my kind of place...Is the restaurant still in biz? can get a comparison with A&W?

                      1. re: lapizzamaven

                        Still there. Apples and oranges--completely different type of regional cuisine. Definitely worth your visit.

                        1. re: lapizzamaven

                          Tampa Garden is an apple and orange comparison to A&W. But their XLB's are somewhat a dim sum in flavor and texture. I really like the beef chow fun, xlb's and bacon fried rice from Tampa Garden. I also like the owners. Nice people. The kind of owners you wanna root for. I think the best part about eating at A&W though is dessert afterwords across the street at Get Shaved (Hawaiian shave ice).

                          Tampa Garden
                          8241 Tampa Ave, Reseda, CA 91335

                          1. re: Galen

                            When we lived in the area this was our 'go to' place for Chinese food. We tried the Dim Sum once and I guess we're spoiled by the good stuff in SGV and Chinatown and didn't like it.

                            We haven't been there for about a year now but we enjoyed it whenever we went.
                            Yes, not the best Chinese food, but the best around the area ( West SFV).

                  2. re: mrshankly

                    Make i a house Special Crab with extra sauce and rice and you've got my vote. That's one of my favorite crab preparations ever!