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Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

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Mandy May 3, 2011 08:18 AM

Has anyone been there lately and how was it? My mother is insisting on going there for mother's day. I would hate to waste all my dim sum calories on a substandard place when there are so many good ones a bit further away! Thanks.

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Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    Chandavkl May 3, 2011 10:36 PM

    There may be hope! I hadn't had an edible meal at Empress Pavilion in probably five years, but I was forced to go to a banquet there this past weekend and the food was pretty good. Now this was dinner, not dim sum, but maybe the ship is being righted!

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    Empress Pavilion Restaurant
    988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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      granadafan May 3, 2011 09:42 PM

      Make sure you get there EARLY. Hope you enjoy it. I second others opinion to go to Monterey Park, but Empress is where Mom wants to go!

      1. Bob Brooks May 3, 2011 01:51 PM

        I eat a lot of dim sum in SGV and was at Empress Pavilion a few weeks ago on a weekday morning when it was not crowded. It wasn't awful but I can't say it was very good. The items just tasted a bit off from what I'm accustomed to.

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        Empress Pavilion Restaurant
        988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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          estone888 May 3, 2011 12:03 PM

          I think you'd be giving your mother an additional Mother's Day gift by introducing her to some better dim sum in a nicer place: Elite in Monterey Park on South Atlantic would be the closest. Sea Harbor in Rosemead is excellent. If she wants dim sum from carts rather than off the menu, my favorite is 888 Seafood on Valley in Rosemead. None of those are more than 15 minutes farther than Empress Pavilion and they are all a whole lot better.

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          888 Seafood Restaurant
          8450 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

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            Mandy May 3, 2011 10:29 AM

            I wasn't looking to be chided, just inquiring about the restaurant. But thanks.

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              jblee May 3, 2011 11:49 AM

              I feel your pain. I'd persuade my mom to go 12miles further east and eat at Sea Harbor.

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              eeka May 3, 2011 09:33 AM

              It's Mother's Day, your mother wants to go to an specific restaurant, and you are looking for a work around? It's an ok restaurant, but sometimes it's not always about the food.

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                Akitist May 3, 2011 10:26 AM

                Second Eeka. It's Mother's Day, not Daughter's Day.

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