Dim Sum - Large Party
Daughter's turning 1 next month. Need to invite the relatives to lunch. Dim Sum for 30-40 people (3 tables). Shooting for someplace nice in San Gabriel Valley.
Kitchen, Elite, Sea Harbor seem to be everyone's choice for higher end dim sum places. Is one of them better than the others for larger parties?
Any other places to consider?
I've only been to Elite and that place that's gilded on the inside on Garvey and Atlantic (New Capital I think?), but not the others.
All advice greatly appreciated.
First off, New Capital is really awful. It's a big space, so too bad about their bad food.
Sea Harbour would be my pick, their dim sum is really excellent. You can and MUST make reservations. And then you better still stand in line or be ready to get yelled at by all the other diners who are in a mad rush to get in.
I thought Elite was ok, definitely like Sea Harbour better. But the space at Elite is bigger.
I haven't been to Triumphal Palace, which has gotten some good reviews here, but that's another option.
Also haven't been to The Kitchen.
The place at Atlantic and Garvey is Capital, (as opposed to New Capital), the difference between the two being night and day. The trouble with all of the higher end places is that they are relatively small and I don't know how they would take to a crowd coming in and parking for a while during their busiest hours. If that's an issue you might be relegated to a place like NBC or Ocean Star which have semi-private rooms in which a group of your size might fit. (Sea Harbour has a semi private room but I don't know if it's large enough for your group.)
What day of the week? The other suggestions are fine, for your "normal" size parties. But for 30-40 people you almost have to make a reservation. Many of these are small spaces (Elite, for example) and very crowded esp. on weekends. I would suggest Mission 261. The quality of their dim sum is very good, although not the best. But they take reservations, which is a definite plus for your party.
Seems like it will really be difficult to walk through that area if they stuff it with 4 tables of 10.
No flies when we went, and I prefer the food at Elite more than Sea Harbour nowadays, because they have more the non-standard stuff, but both are good.
Space wise Mission 261 is nicer, and the New Capital at the San Gabriel Square is certainly big, but not too impressed with the food.
much thanks for the advice everyone.
we wound up booking at capital seafood on atlantic and garvey. the nicer more gourmet places that don't serve by cart i don't think would've been super happy with us since it's on a sunday and their spaces are smaller, so taking up 4-5 tables for too long may have displeased them. also i was worried about how the smaller places would get all the tables emptied and lined up for us at the appointed time since they have large crowds clamoring to eat on sundays.
also turns out that a few of my cousins each know one or two of the owners at capital, so that made it easier to arrange it there. they are not putting up dividing walls to give us a private room though- they said it's cart service on the weekends so they need to leave the room open. but confirmed that the 4-5 tables will all be right next to each other. hopefully the tables will be ready at around the time we specified without too much wait.
it's in a few weeks and will report back if anything eventful (good or bad) occurred.