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Clinton Jul 15, 2009 05:23 PM

Had the opportunity to have light dim sum at Top Island in Alhambra today. It's located near Valley and Almonsor. Both of us had a total of seven dishes where the bill was about $15. Most dishes during the week are $2.09 apiece. Selections were not as extensive as Ocean Star or NBC but as a whole, not bad. Any comments or comparisons. BTW, it was packed.

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  1. Chowpatty RE: Clinton Jul 15, 2009 06:03 PM

    I guess it's ok in a pinch, but really the quality is not very good compared to King Hua, Hop Li in Arcadia, or any of a myriad of other places. It's definitely cheap, but most of the dishes weren't very warm.

    1. ipsedixit RE: Clinton Jul 15, 2009 10:17 PM

      Top Island = Yum Cha Cafe + Tableside Service

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        Clinton RE: ipsedixit Jul 16, 2009 08:47 AM

        Thanks for the comment. I've popped my head into a Yum Cha on N. Broadway once just to checkout to see what it was all about. Looked at the prices to compare and also to check out the place. Was not too impressed on both. Somehow it looked and resembled a Chinese Burger King or Taco Bell while the prices were slightly higher than Lucky Deli up the street. It looked too clean and sparkly if you know what I mean? May give it another try some day.

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          ipsedixit RE: Clinton Jul 16, 2009 09:06 AM

          In many ways, Yum Cha is better than Top Island.

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            Clinton RE: ipsedixit Jul 16, 2009 04:36 PM

            OK, next time I'll sit down and try it. Maybe looks are deceiving? Reminded me too much like Panda Express.

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              ipsedixit RE: Clinton Jul 16, 2009 04:49 PM

              If what you want is basic, no-frills dim sum (which is what Top Island is really all about), then it's pretty hard to beat Yum Cha.

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                Clinton RE: ipsedixit Jul 16, 2009 09:28 PM

                Getting little off subject, is that a Yum Cha next to Shun Fat Market off Atlantic near Garvey? Someone mentioned that the little BBQ shop next to the market was a Yum Cha? Haven't been there in ages.

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                  monku RE: Clinton Jul 16, 2009 09:38 PM

                  That's it.
                  They expanded and you can eat inside or outside.

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                  choctastic RE: ipsedixit Jul 17, 2009 08:11 AM

                  For once, i actually agree with ipsedixit

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                    monkuboy RE: choctastic Jul 17, 2009 07:32 PM

                    Yum Cha is if you want something quick and cheap, and don't care how lousy it tastes or how greasy it is.

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