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SGV: Dumpling House Temple City to become "Ish"

Johnny L Jun 6, 2011 12:33 AM

Located at 5612 Rosemead Blvd its been closed for a while now. As seen in the picture the tagline being "New Asian Kitchen". I don't know what to think, is this going to be a risky venture in that it tries to do modern Asian food or will it just be another hole in the wall Chinese joint?

So far the windows are covered up with paper and there is a sign outside to notify the public that it has applied for an alcohol license.

Here's hoping we get something different for once in the SGV?

Larger picture here: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2652/5...

Dumpling House Restaurant
5612 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

  1. raytamsgv Oct 27, 2011 02:10 PM

    I went there last weekend. We had only two dishes there: lobster ravioli and curry beef stew over rice. I agree with Chandavkl--this restaurant is on the wrong side of town. The appetizer and entree menus are only two pages in total. The drinks comprise three pages of the menu. The decor is on the modern side: exposed ventilation ducts, coordinated fixtures, LED lights (I thik), etc. I went there in the day time, but I'm sure it's more impressive at night.

    My wife liked the lobster ravioli. I thought they were decent--nothing too special. We both thought the curry beef stew to be merely adequate because there are certainly better places for it.

    The menu items combine different Asian cuisines and Western cuisines. I would not recommend this place to people with kids, because their entree menu is limited (one page) and contains dishes geared for adult palettes. It is NOT a Hong Kong-style cafe as we know them in the SGV. The entree prices range from about $6 to $20. The staff was nice.

    We had only two entrees out of about fifteen available (I don't recall the exact number), so my evaluation of the restaurant is not comprehensive at all. I might be convinced to return to try more dishes, but I'm in no hurry based on the dishes we had.

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      Chandavkl Oct 21, 2011 01:17 PM

      Finally made my way here. This place is on the wrong side of town--should be on the Westside where it would probably flourish. Duck confit bao, beef carpaccio roll with arugula and lemongrass, tuna tacos with asian pears, etc. Strangely three pages of the five page menu are for drinks. Grilled salmon salad was good, chicken lettuce wrap with fried leeks and sweet peanut sauce was not.

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      1. re: Chandavkl
        raytamsgv Oct 21, 2011 02:55 PM

        Thanks for the update. It's hard to convince myself to go to a place where the drink menu is longer than the food menu.

      2. WildSwede Jul 29, 2011 04:53 PM

        That name cracks me up. One of our friends, when she was little, only said "Ish". When she was couting, it would be "Ish, ish, ish, ish..." - everything was ish. Even when you asked her name. So every time I read the header of this link it takes me back and makes me laugh.

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          FoodvBevGUY Jun 21, 2011 10:21 AM

          Was in there last week just looking around. After speaking to a couple of people that were inside looks like the opening is next week sometime. I also had a chance to look over the menu which was posted on the door, WOW a huge upgrade to the SGV dining scene. Great drink menu also, entire new look inside..GOOD BYE Dumpling House...HELLO "ISH"

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          1. re: FoodvBevGUY
            raytamsgv Jun 21, 2011 10:45 AM

            No details?! Don't leave us hanging!

            1. re: raytamsgv
              FoodvBevGUY Jun 21, 2011 01:20 PM

              Not many right now, the menu looked like a great read. One of the workers said AmericanISH, ThaiISH, ChineseISH, JapaneseISH..look forward to something new in this area. I plan to stop by this weekend to see when the Grand Opening is going to be!!

              1. re: FoodvBevGUY
                Johnny L Jun 22, 2011 01:33 AM

                Thanks for the details!

                I'm hoping the menu isnt overly ambitious that the kitchen isn't ready to meet that ambition.

                I'm pulling for this place to be the restaurant that Temple City so badly needs. After being disappointed with Beijing Duck House and A Golden House I'll take anything that isn't low quality Chinese.

                1. re: FoodvBevGUY
                  odub Jul 12, 2011 11:34 PM

                  "One of the workers said AmericanISH, ThaiISH, ChineseISH, JapaneseISH."

                  Dude, I'm seeing all kinds of red flags right now.

                  1. re: odub
                    TonyC Jul 13, 2011 09:34 AM

                    The fact this post has 10 replies (and now 11, shame on me) boggles my mind.

                    This will be another Masei Masei, and hence, a big "who cares".

                    1. re: TonyC
                      Johnny L Jul 14, 2011 12:14 AM

                      If so probably going to be disappointing but nevertheless I'll wait until I try it for sure to judge it.

                      1. re: Johnny L
                        FoodvBevGUY Jul 29, 2011 10:44 AM

                        Grand Opening was this week, was in there and the menu was pretty good. Food and Service were above average and the room has a nice look to it. Worth checking out.

                        1. re: FoodvBevGUY
                          Johnny L Jul 30, 2011 01:44 AM

                          how is pricing?

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              Johnny L Jun 7, 2011 11:17 AM

              can anyone translate the chinese?

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                Chandavkl Jun 7, 2011 08:12 AM

                Actually it looks like "Oish" to me, not that it makes much more sense.

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                1. re: Chandavkl
                  ipsedixit Jun 7, 2011 10:30 AM

                  Well, that's because both "ish" and "ick" are trademarked no doubt.

                2. raytamsgv Jun 6, 2011 11:51 AM

                  I'm guessing it will be more than a "hole-in-the-wall" but I don't know if they will do "modern Asian food". I drove by last weekend, and they were doing some fairly extensive renovations in the dining area and presumably in the kitchen (they had removed a large sink). I guess we'll just need to wait until they've finished.

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                  1. re: raytamsgv
                    Jordan Jun 6, 2011 04:57 PM

                    "Ish?" Was "Ick" trademarked?

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