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New Concept Reopens As Elite Restaurant

Chandavkl Feb 26, 2007 11:41 AM

As posted on the board about 3 weeks ago, New Concept was sold and remodeled. It opened up about 2 weeks ago under the name Elite Restaurant. The menu appears to be a little different, but the dim sum is still good--delicate and inventive, and possibly some of the same people are involved even if the owner and original chef of New Concept aren't around. The person who told me about the opening said that Elite is actually better than New Concept, though at this point I'll just say that they're similar.

  1. kelvlam Jan 25, 2008 02:22 PM

    It's been a while since I last read this thread :-p ... so for dim-sum on Saturday, is it always busy? what's the best hour to avoid? like... if I try not to wait for a table for too long should I get there like around 11:30am? What kind of price range would I be looking at per-head for lunch? :-)

    So which one does people still vote for Sea Harbour vs Elite as -THE BEST- dim sum place? hehe

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    1. re: kelvlam
      choctastic Jan 26, 2008 09:23 AM

      if you want to avoid a wait on a Saturday, you need to come before 10am. Usually for a group of 10-20, I've found it's under $20 a head.

      1. re: choctastic
        eatdrinknbmerry Jan 26, 2008 09:41 AM

        overordered for a table of 4 last saturday.... $50. full and satisfied.

        re: choctastic... really try to get here before 10 am. at 10:01, get ready for the asian front-entrance barricade with aiwa mini-stereo PA system on full blast.

      2. re: kelvlam
        kelvlam Jan 29, 2008 01:32 PM

        thx for the timeline suggestion choctastic and eatdrinknbmerry :-)

      3. liu Jan 4, 2008 02:09 PM

        Please clarify the last couple of posts.
        Are you referring to The Kitchen or Elite?
        We loved The Kitchen when it first opened and for months thereafter. I had hoped for a good report from someone who has been very recently so we can return.
        Specifically, "frugalgourmet" and "notmartha," can you clarify your restaurants? Thanks!

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          frugalgourmet Jan 4, 2008 07:50 PM

          It's the Elite on Altanlantic Ave. Went to Triumphant on Main Yesterday in Alhambra which is low on the richter scale in price vs quality comparing to Elite.

          1. re: liu
            notmartha Jan 4, 2008 08:50 PM

            I was commenting on Elite (the title of this thread).

            1. re: notmartha
              liu Jan 4, 2008 10:17 PM

              Thanks...and you answered correctly!!!
              I posted above back in April how much I loved Elite; since then, we have been at least a dozen or more times and we still love it!

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            frugalgourmet Dec 24, 2007 01:54 PM

            What's all the hype about??! Patronized the place this morning for the first time. Orderd shui mai-excellent for the price; 5 different Steamed dumplings: Note- the same fillings comprised of shrimp and scallops are being wrapped in different style with a slight skin variation. . My suggestion is don't order more than 2 type of dumplings otherwise it all tastes the same. There are just above average but not excellent. Macau Pork was good but not excellent for the price. Their famous cold chicken in wine sauce was just so so, not worth the rave and the price. The steamed smooth rice sheets wrapped with scallops and vegetable was above average( the same fillings being used in other steamed dumplings). Pastry wise, the egg custard was excellent but not the Durian bun. I would not order the giant house shark fin dumpling in supreme broth. This dish is served in a mini clay pot for presentation but the fillings could have been fresher for $6 each. In all, I would only return if passing by with an urge for shui mai and egg custard.

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            1. re: frugalgourmet
              gadflier Jan 4, 2008 11:44 AM

              This is a frightening disappointment, because a) you are one of my favorite posters, and b) I went 2x in the first half of 07 and had some great dishes, but haven't been back since...

              1. re: frugalgourmet
                notmartha Jan 4, 2008 12:39 PM

                Strange, we went on New Year's day and I have to say this time the food was better than any of the Sea Harbour dim sum I had over the past several years.

                Not sure what shui mai you ordered. Ours are 4 gigantic ones - identical, stuffed with pork, shrimp, tender bay scallops and fish eggs on top. Normally I would never order shui mai but based on the feedback here I decided to try it. Glad I did. It was really one of the better versions I had.

                Har Gow was really good, but they served it too hot and thus the skin is still mushy/sticky. When I let it cool in the steamer for 5 minutes the skin was the expected elastic self (still a tad too thick for perfection though).

                The turnip cake in XO sauce was very good. Fresh and light, a bit spicier than expected.

                Macau Pork was probably one of my favorites there. I love pork belly of any sort, and the only nit I have is that it's a bit skimpy for the price. Otherwise the only thing better is a fresh suckling pig.

                Their house special bun is one of the better baked BBQ pork buns around.

                Skipped my normal favorite chicken feet - didn't like from last time. Pork spare ribs were very good (again spicier than most versions). Football was good.

                Sticky rice was very tasty - very generous with fillings and saw a piece of abalone there. Only nit was the rice was a tad oversteamed and too mushy for my taste.

                Had the supreme broth dumpling last time. I never had a good version anywhere - usually by the time they steamed the heck out of it the filling is just too overcooked. The broth was nice though.

                Portuguese egg tart was very good first time we went. Decided to try the Blue Mountain coffee cake this time - turns out to be a quite good and refreshing coffee/coconut milk layered chinese jello.

                Anyway, scary but this place is starting to edge out Sea Harbour in my book.

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                avena Dec 3, 2007 10:18 AM

                This place serves a dish that has Chinese vegetables in a fermented bean curd sauce. I don't remember what it was called, but its very good.

                1. liu Apr 1, 2007 09:51 AM

                  Again, Saturday morning 11:00ish for dim sum -- EXCELLENT!

                  The service was terrific, every item we ordered was fresh and delish, and we were seated within a couple of minutes of arrival.

                  We ordered all of our favorites from the menu, but then the trays were plentiful as well. From one tray we chose some pale but heavenly mini-muffins that we had had before; last time they contained a sweet yellow custard, while this time we found inside a divine almond cream...nice surprise! We also enjoyed several rice noodle items (a vegetable one that contained a very tasty amount of cilantro, and rice noodle rolls with XO sauce), tofu skin wraps -- perhaps 8 or 9 dishes in all.

                  Our two current favorite dim sum places at the moment are Elite and The Kitchen, with Elite being just a bit more preferred. The service is quite nice and less chaotic or frenzied than The Kitchen. The dining room at Elite is a little more elegant (nice dishes!) than The Kitchen; we find the TV screens at The Kitchen noisy, even though they are not on high volume. We received all of our orders at Elite; in contrast, some of our orders at The Kitchen were exchanged because they were out or ??? But we like the food at both, and each has its own personality. Both, in our opinion, are a step above all the rest in LA.

                  We will continue to alternate between Elite and The Kitchen (and sometimes Capital Seafood which we always like) until we hear a 'Hound recommend something better!

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                    frugalgourmet Nov 30, 2007 03:06 PM

                    Hi Liu,
                    Where is The Kitchen on Valley Blvd?

                    1. re: frugalgourmet
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                      Wonginator Nov 30, 2007 03:24 PM

                      The Kitchen
                      203 W Valley Blvd
                      Alhambra

                      Here's a link to J Gold's LA Weekly review soon after the restaurant opened.
                      http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...

                      1. re: Wonginator
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                        frugalgourmet Dec 1, 2007 10:29 PM

                        Thanks Wong,
                        Going to Triumphant Palace tomorrow and wondering how it measure up to Kitchen in Dim Sum?

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                          monkey Dec 2, 2007 02:29 PM

                          the kitchen went downhill quickly after it opened. There has been a few threads about it on here. Elite is miles above it.

                          1. re: frugalgourmet
                            ipsedixit Dec 2, 2007 03:13 PM

                            Triumphant Palace has taken a precipitous decline since it opened. I wouldn't expect much if you go for dim sum.

                            Best place for order-off-the-menu dim sum IMO is at Sea Harbour. Elite is good as well, but I just prefer Sea Harbour.

                            1. re: frugalgourmet
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                              exilekiss Dec 2, 2007 03:57 PM

                              Frugalgourmet,

                              I would skip The Kitchen for Dim Sum (and in general) nowadays. Dim Sum is absolutely horrendous there now. I've heard that the main chef left months ago, and when I took 3 of my regular Chowhounders to try out the Dim Sum at The Kitchen (about 2 months ago), it was seriously some of the WORST Dim Sum I've had in years! :( Very disappointing.

                              The Kitchen for dinner used to be fantastic (when it first opened and as attested to the positive reviews about it), but again, there's a noticeable drop in quality these days, sigh.

                              Try out Sea Harbour on Rosemead for what I believe is the best Dim Sum in town.

                              1. re: exilekiss
                                choctastic Dec 2, 2007 03:59 PM

                                Oh no! I haven't been to The Kitchen in a couple of months. Argh. Well, my favorite dim sum restos are currently Elite Restuarant, Sea Harbour and to a lesser extent Capital Seafood.

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                                  Wonginator Dec 3, 2007 09:37 AM

                                  Thanks for the warning about the Kitchen. I went back in February or March and thought it was pretty good at the time. I'd been meaning to go back again soon, but I guess I won't.

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                                    Schweinhaxen Dec 3, 2007 10:13 AM

                                    Can I get XLB at Sea Harbour or at Elite?? Also, the steamed pea shoots?

                                    1. re: Schweinhaxen
                                      notmartha Jan 4, 2008 12:28 PM

                                      I don't recall XLB at Sea Harbour, but it's definitely at Elite. It's kind of strange because it's 5 to a steamer, and to prevent sticking they are on top of individual aluminum mini-tart forms. Not as good as the places that specializes in XLB, but still OK.

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                                        pizzafreak Jan 4, 2008 01:54 PM

                                        Yes you can get XLB at Sea Harbour. They come 12 small ones to an order, and they are really good.

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                            teenage glutster Mar 27, 2007 06:11 PM

                            this place was great. Especially the Baked Scallop and Turnip Cakes and Duran Pie!

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                            1. re: teenage glutster
                              liu Mar 27, 2007 06:36 PM

                              As I posted, I, too, love this place. But if you have not tried The Kitchen on Valley, do give it a try...also, really, really good!

                            2. liu Mar 17, 2007 08:54 PM

                              We have a new favorite dim sum place: Elite Restaurant!

                              Everything we had (and we found most of our favorites) was fresh and delicious! One of the dumplings we enjoyed had a large piece of red clam inside; it was clean and identifiable, unlike some where you can not identify the mushy interior. The traditional yellow custard pastries were about as fresh as any I have ever had.

                              We will return next week to explore even more of the menu!

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                                TCL Mar 14, 2007 06:05 PM

                                Anyone knows if it's good for Chinese wedding banquet? I am actually considering it. Thanks a lot!

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                                  Chandavkl Mar 16, 2007 04:38 PM

                                  It might be kind of small, depending on the size of your wedding. I'm not sure if it holds more than a couple of dozen tables.

                                  1. re: Chandavkl
                                    choctastic Mar 16, 2007 05:22 PM

                                    yah, the main room hardly holds a dozen tables or so.

                                  2. re: TCL
                                    eatdrinknbmerry Mar 28, 2007 03:59 PM

                                    I just ate there. I agree with Chandavki, it is small... and probably VERY expensive. http://eatdrinknbmerry.blogspot.com/2...

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                                    henonho Mar 1, 2007 07:47 AM

                                    Nice, you even wrote it in chinese. Thanks

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                                      henonho Feb 28, 2007 11:55 AM

                                      Anybody knows the actual address of the place? And if you are coming from hwy 10. What's the cross street?

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                                      1. re: henonho
                                        ipsedixit Feb 28, 2007 11:58 AM

                                        Ask and ye shall receive.

                                        Elite Restaurant (名流山莊)
                                        700 S. Atlantic Blvd.
                                        Monterey Park
                                        626-282-9998

                                      2. gadflier Feb 27, 2007 03:30 PM

                                        Gosh darn; I was excited to be able to post something that "only" I knew about. In my continuing effort to try all highly regardinede dim sum restaurants once each of more, I was actually looking for the old place, New Concept and drove past Elite until I saw the number on the building...

                                        My brief review from lunch today: Elite is pleasant experience. I was never at the predecessor, so I can't compare, but the new places seems like it has essentially new furnishings. Tea is excellent. I ordered six fairly standard dim sum dishes, but the only item that stood out was the Macau Roasted Pork. Everything else was a fairly solid "B".

                                        No English at the tables until you get to a Captain level, but efficient service otherwise. The menu (no trays) is very clear and easy to read. Prices are quite reasonable.

                                        1. notmartha Feb 27, 2007 07:34 AM

                                          Thanks for the tip!

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                                            chowmominLA Feb 26, 2007 01:34 PM

                                            I think I passed it about an hour ago after I ate at Ocean Star! Is it up the street from NBC on Atlantic?

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                                            1. re: chowmominLA
                                              Dommy Feb 26, 2007 01:40 PM

                                              Yes, it is on Atlantic, coming from the 60 you will pass it before you hit NBC and Ocean Star...

                                              --Dommy!

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