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Jul 6, 2011 09:58 PM

Quick Question about Sea Harbour in Rosemead

So, I enjoy dim sum but haven't been in a while. I was going to go to Sea Harbour with my wife, a friend and a coworker. None of us speak Chinese, and the coworker, who is Chinese, insisted we need a native speaker to order there and to hear if our number for a table is called. It sounded like a ridiculous comment but is there any validity to her concern? I've read this place has a picture menu (and probably pretty basic explanations) but I can't verify this....

I've found speaking the native tongue has been more helpful for when I've gone to placed with push cart service, where the servers do not speak English, and you want to ask what it is before they drop it on your table... or so that you can ask for more if you find out you love it...

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  1. They will yell your number in English. No problem there.

    You can easily order by pointing at the picture menu. No problem there.

    If all of your fingers are broken, the servers speak more than passable English. No problem there.

    Go. Enjoy.


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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Yup - what ipse says... Sure it helps to speak Mandarin/Cantonese, but for the general experience, you'll be fine.

    2. It's not a totally ridiculous comment, but you'll be fine. Most of the big dim sum houses will call your number in Cantonese, Mandarin AND English (really, they want you to claim your table).

      And yes, Sea Harbour has a very complete picture menu with both characters and English, and the order sheet has one side characters and one side English. As i recall, it's also keyed to numbers in case you're unsure. I call it "dim sum for dummies." It's really virtually impossible to screw up, even if you don't speak a word of Cantonese or Mandarin.

      The servers at Sea Harbour are also quite helpful and as ipsedixit said, their English is actually more than serviceable if you need assistance.

      1. Thank you all... I'm now looking forward to some dim sum.

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        1. re: DrBruin

          Not just any dim sum, but the best dim sum in L.A., IMHO...

        2. Well, I was at dim sum a few weeks back at Ocean Star. The lady said 73 in Chinese but 33 in English...Maybe have them repeat your number so you know they will get it right.

          1. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any restaurant in the SGV where you absolutely NEED to have someone that speaks the language. Even Dean Sin World has English on their menus now.

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