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May 17, 2008 07:21 PM

Dim Sum in OC

Know of a good Chinese restaurant with Dim Sum from carts in OC? Prefer near I-5/Euclid in Anaheim. I think I went to place once on Euclid just north of I-5 (near Anaheim Plaza shopping center) but I can't remember the name. The food was good.

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  1. The place you're thinking of is Ten Ten Seafood. Dim sum is good at the weekend, miserable during the week; service is rude from the front desk and "normal Chinese" from the cart ladies and waiters.

    There's also Seafood Paradise in Westminster and Sam Woo Seafood in Irvine, and I believe someone recently said that though there are no carts, the dim sum at California Asian Bistro on Harbor Blvd. at the Costco in Fullerton was good. I have not been so cannot recommend personally.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      We think the quality of the dim sum at Ten Ten on Euclid has gotten consistently horrible over the past 3 years or so. Even on weekends. The CA Asian Bistro place is not bad, but super salty and service is spotty. The har gow there in particular is pretty tasty.

      We prefer the Ten Ten in Cerritos (Artesia?) for dim sum, or we head up the 57 to RH as someone else suggested.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I like Ten Ten Seafood. I've never been during weekdays; I go only on Sundays and before the rush crowd hits, so we've always been seated promptly. The only problem I've had w/service is getting extra yellow mustard and getting the check.

        I don't know about Ten Ten getting "consistently horrible over the past 3 years". We've been going there monthly for the last couple years and we find the food just as good. And for a bunch of us to eat as much as we do & pay <$10/person, it's a great deal!

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I've found the dim sum at Ten Ten to be average and forgettable. It was so forgettable that I did forget visiting it the first time. When we drove into the parking lot on the 2nd visit, that's when I remembered the previous visit, or at least what that shopping plaza looked like. Food was still average and forgettable.

          I've decided it's worth the trip over the hill to Rowland Heights to get dim sum at Happy Harbor (formerly Sea Harbour). Two very good to excellent meals there in my last two visits.

          I've read that Prince Seafood in Cerritos has reopened after its fire, but haven't visited it yet.

          Seafood Paradise is probably the most consistently good dim sum in OC. China Garden has its up and down moments, and a few bad items in the last couple of visits has knocked it down a notch on my list.

          Irvine China Garden
          14825 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618

          Seafood Paradise
          8602 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683

          Happy Harbor Restaurant
          1015 Nogales St # 126, Rowland Heights, CA

          Prince Seafood
          11828 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

        2. Hey david,

          If by "good" you mean authentic, quality Dim Sum that competes with the better Dim Sum places in the San Gabriel Valley (and Hong Kong), then the answer is "Sorry, there aren't any."

          You can try some of the places in Das Ubergeek's post. It's as good as you're gonna get around the 5 & Euclid like you're asking about.

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          1. re: exilekiss

            Ditto this.

            As an aside, instead of trekking to Monterey Park, Alhambra or San Gabriel, might want to take the 57 up to Rowland Heights where your choices are much better with places with New Capital, Happy Harbor, Sam Woo, etc.

          2. Seafood Paradise in Westminster has the best dim sum in OC. It's every bit as good as downtown LA, but nowhere near dim sum in San Francisco.

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            1. re: OC Mutt

              Another vote for Seafood Paradise. This is where I go.

            2. I can't recall the name but there's a dim sum place on Brookhurst half a block south of McFadden. They have a decent selection of items (including my mother's favorite, chicken feet) and is always packed on Sundays. I didn't love it but didn't hate it either. It's dim sum so that means lots of MSG which always gives me a headache but cheap and fun with a crowd.

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              1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                Think you're talking about Seafood World. Average quality, below average variety. Last visit there 3 or 4 years ago was very disappointing, won't be back anytime soon.

                Seafood World
                15351 Brookhurst St # 101-106, Westminster, CA

              2. Geez. I haven't been to any of the places listed below. If I am going to eat Dim Sum in OC, it is always at China Garden in Irvine.

                Are these places mentioned better? I have only had Capital Seafood for Dim Sum outside of Irvine and I pretty much hated it.

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                1. re: cdmedici

                  Hey cdmedici,

                  If the only Dim Sum you've ever had outside of Irvine is at Capital Seafood, and you want to experience *great*, high-quality Dim Sum, I'd recommend you try Sea Harbour in Rosemead, CA at least once. Make it a day trip on your way to wherever in LA / Westside (^_~).

                  After you've tried some of the best Dim Sum in So Cal, you can understand why so many of us lament the shortcomings of Dim Sum in OC. :(

                  Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                  3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

                  1. re: cdmedici

                    Seafood Paradise is much better than China Garden to the extent that I drive right past it on my way there.