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Jan 25, 2011 05:15 PM

Best dim sum in San Gabriel Valley LATELY?

Just need an update on who's got the best dim sum nowadays in SGV?

Does Sea Harbour Seafood in Rosemead still have excellent dim sum? I haven't been there in about 2 years so I'm just checking before I go there. Do they still have a long wait?

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  1. Sea Harbour. Yes.

    Wait will depend on the day (weekend, or weekday) and the time of day (early, midday, early afternoon).

    1. Went to Mission 261 over Xmas and found it excellent, if Sea Harbour doesn't work out. it's huge, which helps.

      Mission 261 Restaurant
      261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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      1. re: cant talk...eating

        I also went to Mission 261 a couple of weeks ago. I had previously gone once since they reopened and didn't think it was as good as before, but it was better last time. Happy about that because they're so huge that it's easy to get a table. Sea Harbour is still my favorite, but hate waiting with the kids.

      2. I'd say Iike King Hwa the best, but Sea Harbor and Elite are both excellent as well. I haven't had to wait at any of them in quite a while.

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        1. re: sku

          Went to Sea Harbor Sunday before last. Got there around 11:30 or so and waited I think about 1/2 hour which is less than I expected. Still like cart service better but food was soooooo good. Service was very nice and attentive. Forgive my spellings/descriptions-shrimp har gow, shiu mei, sticky rice (I wish is had sausage in it), rice cakes-one of my absolute favorite dishes, chau shiu in chow fun, broccoli, eggplant w/shrimp, pineapple bun-everything was excellent and almost too hot to eat. I'm so used to things being luke warm at best with cart service that I actually burned my mouth not being careful with the har gow. Tea is nice too, they do have a selection to choose from but I love jasmine tea. It is the real deal, no tea bags! Oh yes baked bao w/chau shiu-my only complaint is that they chop the pork up into little bits. I didn't really pay attention to prices. They were fair but I think $6.50 for broccoli was a bit high. I'll have to check out King Hwa...

          1. re: sku

            Does King Hwa has dim sum carts?

            1. re: fdb

              No. Same set up as Sea Harbor. I actually think it was founded by former Sea Harbor folks. It's also a bit pricier than Sea Harbor/Elite.

          2. Sea Harbour is definitely still legit. I like Elite as well, and Lunasia is a little behind in my opinion. They all have long waits, however...

            For dumplings, Dean Sin World is a great spot...without the wait. They even have frozen dumplings you can take home.

            Dean Sin World
            306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

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            1. re: DarinDines

              I agree, Lunasia, has been falling slowly to back of the pack. They have cut a few items from their menu that I thought were amazing, big shame. I'm guessing their chef got poached around this time.

              1. re: chezwhitey

                I did try Lunasia for dim sum about a month ago and thought it was pretty terrible. I miss Triumphal Palace's dim sum. I haven't tried Mission 261 for dim sum in years, maybe I should go back. Glad to hear that Sea Harbour is still really good, will definitely go back there!

              2. re: DarinDines

                Agree on Dean Sin World. Though it's not dim sum, they have excllent XLB and Shen Jian Bao.

                Dean Sin World
                306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

                Bao Dim Sum House
                8256 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              3. A young Chinese couple we met I think two years ago had us meet them at Empress Harbour in Monterey Park. This was the place my late Pa-in-law would take us and/or anyone else for dim sum, and while it was good and cheap it was getting sort of old and tired. This time it was neither of these things. Under new ownership, and the food was fresh and very good, while the old dishes that had been outstanding still were. Most surprising, the new owners came up and introduced themselves in a very pleasant and friendly fashion, surely some new kind of Chinese revolution!