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Jun 14, 2008 10:06 PM

Anyone been to King Hua in Alhambra?

I see this place every time I go to Target. The only mention of it on Yelp says some of the dim sum chefs from Sea Harbour work there. If so, seems like it would be worth checking out...

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  1. "dum sum chefs from Sea Harbour"??

    That might be the biggest over exaggeration ever.

    That location has seen more Chinese restaurant names come and go from Sea Star to Sea Palace to probably 2 others I can't remember to the now current King Hua.

    The names change, but the people behind the scenes are the same and the menu is essentially unchanged. It was mediocre to bad before, and it's no different now.

    As to the dim sum "chef" from Sea Harbour? More like kitchen workers (that's right, not even to the level of "line cooks").

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ha! That's what I thought. Pretty hard to find anything accurate on Yelp.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        Thanks again for the early lead on King Hua. Apparently the word hasn't spread around yet as the place was only about a third full around 11 am. (They open at 10:30.) It certainly is the new Sea Harbour. Besides the dim sum they have lunch "specials" at $13.80 each. Dim sum prices are $1.98, $3.20 and $3.95, quite reasonable for the quality you get.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        One of the names you can't remember is Ritz Garden. But you are right, no matter what the name, the food has always been a disaster. Is the menu really still pretty much the same? What a waste of a building.

      3. Thanks for the tip. I try to do drive-bys of major restaurant locations on a regular basis to check for changes and I think I went by Ritz Garden last month and it was still there. Some of you may remember 25 years ago when the location first opened up as a dim sum restaurant known as Casa de Oriente. The word was they gave it that name instead of something Chinese-y (like, say, Sam Woo) because that part of Alhambra might not have reacted too kindly at the time.

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          I live right nearby, and I have gone to various incarnations at this location. The original Casa de Oriente (ridiculously titled though it was) remains the best incarnation. Having said that, we went to Dim Sum 10 days ago, and it was solid, if not stellar.


        2. What time do they open on Sat. morning?

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          1. re: jjsawrey

            Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.~3:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m.~10:00 p.m.

          2. It's Jonathan Gold's pick for tomorrow's LAWeekly.

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            1. re: toitoi

              Hmmm $1 pp for tea. I'm planning to go in a few weeks and really look forward to it.

              Also, thanks Chandavkl for the prices.

              1. re: toitoi

                I was there today for lunch, IMHO it is average, nothing great. The three of us tried most if not all what Mr. Gold had and then some. If some felt that Sea Harbour has been going down a slide lately, King Hua is not even close when SH was at its best. We expected something great but it did not happen. Be careful when ordering from the "Creative Lunch Recommendation" page of their tick-off menu, no prices, and could be a surprise. I ordered a mediocre E-Mien with Yellow Chives - $11.80, one of the worst I had. You can get a very good rendition of this comfort food for $6 to $8, like at New Capital Seafood in San Gabriel. As for prices for their dim sum is 1.98 (S), 3.20 (M), 3.95 (L), 5.50 (SP), 6.26 (C). I believe is comparable to Sea Harbor.

                  1. re: jotfoodie

                    We were last at Sea Harbour toward the end of March. They seemed to be quite good when we were there. Have they slipped so far so fast?

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Actually, I agreed with you. My experience was more recent than yours. I was just pointing to fellow chows alluding to Sea Harbour was sliding (I believe in another thread). Again, at present, King Hua is no where near the level of SH.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        Hi bulavinaka,

                        I was there even later - I took a group of Dim Sum Hounds there at the end of May and it was still good.