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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!

                1. My last experience at Ocean Star was so sad, we went to Sea Harbor today. Even though we miss the cart service, I wanted to make sure we had a good food experience. I find the people at Sea Harbor to be very accommodating and they don't make you feel rushed. This is my 2nd post on this thread. I totally enjoyed everything as before. However, what stood out and not in a good way was the use of cilantro. Last time I came here was with a cilantro lover like me so it wasn't an issue. This time my husband, son and brother went who all loathe the stuff. It was in the chow fun with bbq pork, the steamed dumpling with shrimp-not har gow, the rice with preserved meat, and even in the baked bao!!! These are staple dishes for us and we have eaten them in restaurants too numerous to mention. Again, I love cilantro but for those that don't, it definitely diminished their enjoyment. On another note, I ordered the deep fried pumpkin. After everyone balked, it was devoured. No cilantro in the siu mai or har gow though but I won't be bringing my men here again for dim sum:( Should I have asked if the dishes could have been made without? Has anyone had this experience at Elite?

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                  1. re: Fru

                    Hard to take out cilantro from things like the steamed baos or dumplings or the har gow as the fillings are premixed, but easy to do with things like the chow fun or the sticky rice.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Thanks. I think they are so traumatized by the experience that we might have to go back to Ocean Star. Is King Hua cart or menu driven?

                  2. King Hua numero uno. As good as Sea Harbour with the items on the menu, without the horrible wait, and with much much better and friendly service. For the special items brought around on trays, I think they are a little more interesting. Also, they now have lobster jook, crab jook. But you have to buy the whole lobster, etc, which is kind of weird.

                    Elite started falling awhile back. Lunasia not on my radar anymore. Mission 261 not what it used to be before they went on that haitus. All the others, forget about it.

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                    1. re: pley

                      I think King Hua is underrated on these boards and is a better alternative to Elite's ridiculous waits on weekends.

                      1. re: Johnny L

                        I'm looking forward to trying it!

                        1. re: Johnny L

                          I think King Hua is rather mediocre.

                            1. re: Fru

                              Go try it and decide for yourself. Never let anyone dissuade your intrepid culinary spirit.

                              1. re: Fru

                                Just go, its not like Ipsedixit is saying it is bad and you may end up liking it.

                        2. While Capital Seafood in the 99 market plaza on Atlantic/Garvey is not haute cuisine, it does serve dim sum until 2.30 to 3pm - not the leftovers but fresh batches. Really gracious and sweet servers who will go back to the kitchen and get stuff for you. Very good congee and welcoming atmosphere and the food aint bad either - go at least a couple of times a month.

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

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                          1. re: ZoeZ

                            Earlier this year, they had an early-bird special for dim sum, but I don't know if it is still applicable.


                            1. re: ZoeZ

                              This is my stand by, especially if gringo friends still insist on carts. Earlier in the morning, it's totally darling because of all the old peeps from the retirement homes just 1 street away.

                              To me, Capital Seafood is the quintessential dimsum experience, sporting a true HK-esque joie de vivre. Is the food "impressive"? Not really. But the service is expeditious without being pushy, and looking around at the gramps reading their free papers give me hope (that dimsum in America is edible even to crotchety 80YOs). While the parking lot may be one of the worst in WSGV (more horrific than SG/Focus Plaza due to bad planning), Cap Seafood usually doesn't have the heinous as NBC/Elite at around 11am.

                              /dimsum rant.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                To me, Ocean Star (esp. when they open up the full dining room) "is the quintessential dimsum experience, sporting a true HK-esque joie de vivre."