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Sep 9, 2008 05:11 PM

Dim Sum on Weekdays

I actually getting monday off next week and I've been craving dim sum.

Do most of the Dim Sum places in the SGV have dimsum on the weekdays? How late do they usually serve dim sum?

I've been specifically eye Elite Restaurant for dimsum on monday but Im open to anyone with experience to any other on weekday mornings.

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  1. The dim sum places do dim sum every day. Usually ends at 2pm, sometimes 3pm, but don't go too late, you'll likely have less selection.
    Elite is a great choice.

    I think the only place I've noticed a big or any difference between weekend and weekday is 888. Great on the weekend, but we got a lot of lukewarm dimsum on a weekday.

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    1. re: slacker

      Ditto on the Elite dim sum rec. During the week I've gone at 1:30 and there was no wait but the dim sum was still fresh, hot and wonderful.

      1. re: chowmominLA

        Well Elite is not a cart based dim sum place, so i can assume their foods will be great quality.

        I guess I would worry on cart places if I came later.

    2. I may take a friend to Elite today for her birthday. So I found we're pretty safe at 1:30, but what about the early side... does anyone know what time it starts to get really crowded? Like, if we went there at 11:30, would we face a long wait?

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      1. re: chowmominLA

        I've only been to Elite on weekends - that timeslot is very busy then, but I would think that 11:30 would beat the lunch crowds during the week... Is there such a thing as lunch hour rush in SGV?

        1. re: bulavinaka

          I guess in thinking about it, the times I've had to wait a long time for dim sum was because of the weekend (Elite wouldn't even seat me at 2:00 though they served dim sum til 3, had to get my dim sum to go), a new restaurant opening (Blue Ocean), or during Chinese New Year (Sea Harbour was a joke), or midweek at Empress Pavilion (gets the downtown lunch rush) but maybe none of these factors would apply today... will report back. Thanks.

          1. re: chowmominLA

            Ive only been to dim sum places on the weekends, and usually sundays where'd you have to face the brunch crowds.

            Did you end up having much of a wait at all?

            I figure on weekdays lunch at those dim sum places arent so bad as most people are working.

            1. re: edo

              Actually my friend requested sushi in the Pasadena area, so we went to Z for the first time -- decent.

        2. re: chowmominLA

          Probably too late, but we went to Elite last Wednesday at 12:30PM and had a 15 minute wait. When we walk out about 1:30 the line seems a little longer. The weekday wait is definitely a lot shorter than weekend (12:30PM wait during weekend was more like 1.5 hours last time we went).

        3. When we were in LA over the summer, we went to New Capital mid week with some friends. No line but quite busy. It was tasty.

          I think the difference between dim sum on weekends and on weekdays is the wait. However, if you go for dim sum on a holiday Monday, it will be just as crowded as a typical weekend. Also, I noticed that as the afternoon waxed on, the number of circling carts faded.

          1. The Kitchen opened to much fanfare early last year. Is it still any good? Does it rank with the big boys for dim sum in the SGV?

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            1. re: nosh

              The Kitchen is not nearly as good, or consistent, as when it first opened. Still solid, however. Cart (or more precisely, the deli platter) selection seems to have dwindled the last time I was there (during July).

            2. I was at Elite Restaurant today for Dim Sum. The restaurant was 2/3 full when I arrived at 11:35 am, it was full by noon. Don't forget to order Macau Roasted Pork, one of their many specialties ($6.38). Have fun.

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              1. re: jotfoodie

                Cool, I want to go tomorrow. Who's in? :0)