Elite Dim Sum - best ever
this place is head and shoulders above the rest in town. I had no idea. Makes every other place taste like Panda Express.
They just got an enthusiastic writeup in the SoCal AAA magazine, which typically depends on contributors who know their grub. Them and Canele - interesting juxtaposition. Anyway, it was the first review of a non-cart dim sum place that made me think I might actually like it, feeling strongly as I do that dim sum without the cart ladies is like Santa Claus with no beard...just wrong somehow.
Linked. I'm always interested in non-cart dim sum places (for whatever reason, most of the carts never stop at my table and I always feel like I'm missing the good stuff).
700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
The dim sum is very good here, as I rank it 2nd best next to Sea Harbour.
Accordingly, you might find a lengthy wait if you arrive near peak times. When we arrived on a Saturday afternoon and were told that the wait was 20 minutes, we had to wait closer to 45 minutes, the longest we've waited for any dim sum place over the past 2 years. The food turned out to be good enough to be worth the wait. When we left at 2PM, there was still people waiting to get a table.
I think it is one of the best places I've ever been to, but it is a bit extreme to classify everything else as "Panda Express", IMHO. Elite is very good overall, but there are other restaurants that have better rendition of certain dishes. For example, I personally like the Phoenix claws at Sea Harbour and 888 better. But if you like it, that's what is important.
I quite agree with you, raytamsgv! Not everything that you have at Elite will be the best of that item, but as a total dim sum experience (tablecloths, nice space, very good and attentive service, good tea and tea service), Elite has remained in our top three since it opened under this new name a year or so ago.
Even though it is not cart service, they do pass around trays of interesting and delicious items. We try to "control" what we order from the menu so that we can take advantage of some of these tray items.