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Chinatown dimsum

ultraviolet May 7, 2009 12:44 PM

Any suggestions for dimsum in Chinatown besides Empress Pavillion?
I've been to the Empress many times and it's always been good but has never wowed me.
I want to take my Mom to dimsum this Mother's Day and would love to try a different place.

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    Chelmoon RE: ultraviolet May 7, 2009 12:56 PM

    You're not going to wow her anyplace in Chinatown. CBS Seafood is OK.

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      jdwdeville RE: ultraviolet May 7, 2009 03:03 PM

      maybe I'm crazy, or my Chinese palate isn't too advanced, but I'd take Empress over Sea
      Harbor any day.

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        wilafur RE: jdwdeville May 7, 2009 03:33 PM

        empress is just palatable. go east my friend...go east.

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        TomSwift RE: ultraviolet May 7, 2009 03:06 PM

        I agree with the others, SGV will provide superior dim sum. In Chinatown, however, my go to place is upstairs at Ocean. An 11:00 arrival (son't know about Mother's Day, though) usually has no wait and, best of all, the shrimp & cilantro har gow come out then. Their braised chicken feet are quite good.

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          wienermobile RE: TomSwift May 7, 2009 04:41 PM

          Ocean Seafood is much better than Empress.

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            noshie RE: wienermobile May 8, 2009 09:06 AM

            Don't go downtown. Try Capital Seafood in MP (20% off before 10:30) or King Hua in Alhambra

            Capital Seafood Restaurant
            755 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

            King Hua Restaurant
            2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

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          taiwanesesmalleats RE: ultraviolet May 8, 2009 02:07 PM

          I just tried Ocean Seafood today for lunch with a big group. While the food pales in comparison to SGV offerings, it wasn't bad. Just a tad on the oily side. The dining room is fairly large and the service was great. A lot of the dim sum cart ladies were even able to explain certain dishes in English. I'd suggest Ocean or CBS Seafood if you must be in Chinatown. Although I like the food better at CBS, Ocean's interior is much better. In addition, Ocean is rated an A for cleanliness if you're worried about that sort of thing.

          If you're willing to head East on the 10, I'd suggest either 888, Ocean Star, or NBC for cart-style. I've only tried Elite for nouveau, menu-ordering dim sum and enjoyed it. You'll most likely wow her there. Only problem I can foresee is that Elite is a small place and will most likely be packed on Mother's Day. It's going to be crazy no matter where you go. Good luck.

          1. PeterL RE: ultraviolet May 8, 2009 03:35 PM

            M'Day is going to even more crazy than normal.

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