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Jul 15, 2009 05:23 PM

Top Island Dim Sum

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. 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. Top Island = Yum Cha Cafe + Tableside Service

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        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.

        1. re: Clinton

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

          1. re: ipsedixit

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

            1. re: Clinton

              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.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                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.

                1. re: Clinton

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

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  For once, i actually agree with ipsedixit

                  1. re: choctastic

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