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EVERYONE who's been to the "new" NBC for dim sum: How was it? (I try again)

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OK, I'm guessing more than one 'hound (the total response I got to last week's post) has been to the re-opened NBC for dim sum since the re-open roughly a month and a half ago: the rest of you-all fill us in, please. Good, bad, indifferent? Better than before? A worthy competitor for the new generation of dim sum guys in the SGV?

I'm trying to decide if I'm doing the "dim sum with the heathens" this Xmas am, and whether NBC will again be my target destination. So (to quote JB) "Please, please please please..."
let me know how it is...

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  1. I tried it right after it reopened and thought it was great, but haven't been back since:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570632

    It's still NBC, just a bit cleaner and with some new dishes. It hasn't morphed into Elite or Sea Harbor style dim sum.

    1. Went last month. Thought it was good, but not great.

      I had 2 mediocre experiences there in previous years, so it didn't take much to improve over that. I'd go back again, but I still rank it below Ocean Star and Empress Harbor.

      1. The 'old' restaurant slid down so far, Mme Zoe wouldn't even drive by it after an abyssmal lunch one day. When it reopened I persuaded her to give it a chance again under the fairness doctrine. Well that's all it was, is fair. Nothing so delicious that I want to hijack the whole cart. No porridge. Just OK. Off to Sea Harbor next after a visit to New Capital Seafood next Saturday on our way out to Palm Springs. Now THAT's a tasty stop and has the buzz that makes mass feeding a pleasure.

        1. Ick! Please go to Elite or somewhere else worth your time. In the link SKU posted here I gave my review a month or so ago. Don't ruin your holidays (heathen or otherwise) with NBC!

          1. I fear this might be a case of putting the proverbial lipstick on that proverbial pig.

            The staff and management are the same; although in all fairness I don't think they ever represented that there was going to be an internal makeover.

            Same food; better surroundings.

            I suppose if you liked NBC before, you'll like it just as much now by virtue of its new clothes; if you didn't like NBC before, you're still not going to like it, but at least now you'll get better lighting, new wall decorations, and some newer plate settings.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              That's what worried me. While the old version was looking considerably frayed around the edges, the food had also started a disconcerting downward trend; I was hoping that the facelift might have inspired new efforts in the kitchen; sounds like maybe not. Thanks agin, 'Hounds; we'll probably go with one of the "new fancy" places, or maybe even Ocean Star.

            2. Had lunch today with my family at NBC.

              The whole place, both inside and outside, has been improved and spruced up a notch or two. Parking and entry has improved even if it was a Monday. Inside, there were new tablecloths and even seat covers. Restrooms have been redone and updated.

              Prices have gone up. The cheapest is about $2.80 and averages out to about $3.00. Food is still OK but we noticed that it was not as excellent As previous ownership.
              Noticeable was the baked bbq bun which contained more air than filling. This is the last time, I'd order it. The egg custard was not as creamy as I'd expect but passable. The chicken feet was excellent. The beef balls, shu Mai beef, Chow fun, porridge and fried egg rolls were good.

              Overall, I would probably start trying other places.

              1. Hi, silverlakebodhisattva!
                We went for dim sum at NBC just a few weeks ago, and I generally agree with what has been posted here. Quite simply, the food at Elite is much better, but the room at NBC is pleasant enough. As has been mentioned, the parking is easy, even on a weekend.

                My vote for taking a group out will be Elite if food is the main consideration. However, we were quite pleased recently with our visit to Lunasia (formerly Triumphal Palace). The space is very clean and airy, and the dim sum was interesting. No, it might not be as good as Elite, but it offered a nice space and some very good food. I believe that the chefs of Elite and Lunasia are related...does anyone know this to be true?

                Lunasia
                500 W. Main Street #A in Alhambra
                #626.308-3222