Elite - Dim Sum - 1st Time
I was leery of disappointment having not thought that 888 was anything special after reading rave reviews concerning it here. Overall, Elite did not disappoint. Everything was good to very good. We ordered Shu Mai & Har Gow and both were very good. We also ordered Ham Sui Gok, Spareribs, Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves & Fried Rice with Dried Scallops and Egg Whites and all were good with the Fried Rice being a little salty. Lastly, we tried a new dish to us that was Baked Scallop and Turnip in Pastry and this was alright but, I wouldn't order it again.
On the plus side, you definitely get the feeling of being in an upscale establishment from the room to the place settings.
On the down side, it's a small room, it's loud and parking is not sufficient. I couldn't even imagine what it's like at prime time on the weekend. The staff also need to improve their table side manners to match the upscale surroundings.
Let me also add that ordering Dim Sum from a menu without photos can be difficult for some. The last place that I went to for off of the menu Dim Sum in Rowland Heights had pictures. For instance, I know the Chinese name Ham Sui Gok but, I don't read Chinese and the Engllish translation was unrecognizable. No, it didn't say Football.
The only thing I could think was that chef2 was referring to 888, (since you pretty much raved about Elite). No photos would leave me in the dust however. I guess I could walk around to everyone's table and ask them what they were eating or take pic's with my phone and show them to the waiter.
We like Elite a lot!
Park on the wide residential street that parallels Atlantic, behind the restaurant; there is plenty of parking available there. I must add that I know that this applies to Saturdays; perhaps there are restrictions during the weekdays.
Our dim sum menu on Saturdays does have pictures. Did your menu have no pictures? The paper on which you mark your selections has no pics, but there is a menu with photos of most -- if not all -- of the dim sum items they offer.
Additionally, I love that they have a variety of items that they pass around on trays (perhaps only on Saturdays?); this permits some spontaneity...more fun!
Thanks for the report back. :) The next time you're in the mood for Dim Sum, try Sea Harbour which is my current fave. They have menus with pictures there so you don't need to worry about translation issues. :)
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA
Thanks exilekiss it was a toss up between the two and we went with Elite this time. Afterward, I stated to my lunching companion that next time we could try Sea Harbor and compare the 2 but, he was pretty taken with Elite and I may not be able to drag him to Sea Harbor when the next craving for Dim Sum arises.
Concur re: service.
Did I get the food I ordered? Check.
Did they give me the correct type of tea that I requested? Check.
Did they bring clean plates upon request? Check.
Did they refill the teapot when I turned the lid upside down? Check.
Did they bring me black vinegar (or other condiments) upon request? Check.
... If you got all those, then you got good service.
Things not found at Chinese restuarants:
Server introducing himself by name? No.
Server asking how everything is? No.
Server folding your napkin when leave for the powder room? No.
I think there is a disconnect with your expectations because Chinese restaurants and patrons usually don't share the same expectations:
Loudness: Elite is a Cantonese restaurant. Cantonese, by nature, is a loud language. Dim sum is probably the loudest meal of the day. Chinese restaurants expect families to bring children (including screaming infants)--even to upscale ones. Most Americans leave children at home to attend upscale restaurants.
Service: Chinese patrons expect their orders to come quickly and as ordered. Tea must be refilled promptly. The less the server speaks, the better. Chinese patrons are there to spend time with the others at the table, not with the wait staff. If the patrons want something, they get the attention of the staff by raising their arms or calling them. Servers are not expected to inquire if the patrons need anything or if they are enjoying the meal.
Photos: Very few restaurants have photos due to the cost involved. I know it's unfortunate, but that's a business decision.