Authentic Chinese Banquet in Monterey Park or San Gabriel Valle
My sister-in-law who is from Beijing is coming into town, with our niece in a couple of weeks. I would love to take them to an authentic Chinese Banquet as it will be both of our husband's birthdays. We are looking for a place that I can book a private room and have an amazing feast, with great seafood that will remind her of being home, as she has been stuck in the New York suburbs for 3 years and hasn't had a great Chinese meal in a while. We have been to Ocean Star, and while it is good, I don't know if can deliver top quality food. Price is no object, and we will be planning the menu together, so she can speak to whomever she needs to in Chinese to plan the menu.
Please Help! We really want this to be a memorable evening for our husbands!
My vote would be for Sea Harbour on Rosemead. It's the best (most extravagant) Hong Kong / Cantonese-style Seafood Restaurant if price is no object (and it's great quality).
The other people bring up a good point: Do you want to show them *Northern* Chinese food? If so, then that's a different set of recommendations. :)
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
3939 Rosemead Blvd.
So I was going to make a reservation for Sea Harbour, but we need a private room. When I called they said that the minimum you need to spend in a private room is $1000! We ended up making a reservation at NBC, based on a friend's recomendation (over Ocean Star) and their private room min. is $300. So, now that we have the reservation -
Any recs on ordering?
We really like Mission 261 in San Gabriel. They are not Beijing-style, but they have a unique menu with a number of seafood dishes. They have a number of dining rooms--one may suit you. Another favorite is Triumphal Palace in Alhambra--white tablecloths, good cuisine and excellent service. I believe they have a small private dining room.
If you are looking for Beijing-style food, the Cantonese seafood places that were named will fall short of your expectations. Beijing is not really known for its seafood. I would ask her if she likes Cantonese seafood. If she likes it, then the other posters' recommendations would be fine. If she doesn't like it, then it's a whole new ballgame. Ask her what type of Chinese food she would like to eat.