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Aug 7, 2011 10:48 AM

Monterey Park Dim Sum for Beginners

We don't speak Mandarin.We are not up for braving a two hour line. We also want to get past Empress Pavilion.

So can we still go somewhwere in Monterey Park and enjoy Sunday dim sum?

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

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  1. Go to Sea Harbour in Rosemead (one city past Monterey Park) No carts. Pictures and english on the menu and wonderful wonderful food. You fill out a easy to read numbered card to order then the food starts coming. They open at 10am with a line but everyone will get seated in just minutes. The wait can start to grow around 10:30. You will love it here I promise. Best in Los Angeles. They will even give you a fork if you need one.

    sea harbour
    3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

    5 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      +1. Take wienermobile's advice on the ease, quality and timing advice. If possible, be there by 10AM to assure rapid seating. As much as it is easy for beginners in LA, the pole vault in quality is like learning to SCUBA dive in the South Pacific or Red Sea - you'll be spoiled from this point on and one option will be open to you - Elite.

      1. re: bulavinaka

        I love Sea Harbour and recommend it highly.

        But as a beginner, and a self-avowed beginner, that wants to dip their feet in the water after having their toe wetted, I would suggest Ocean Star.

        Going from Empress Pavilion to Sea Harbour would be like dipping your toe in the water to doing a cannonball.

        Fun? Sure.

        Shock to the system? Um, yes.

        Enjoy wherever you end up Junoesq.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Do either of these restaurants offer "take-out?"

          1. re: nfarber

            They should, but most dim sum dishes don't usually taste good on takeout.

    2. You might want to try Capital Seafood in Arcadia. I've been there a few times, and I think that location is geared more for non-Chinese patrons. They serve probably about 66% of the items found at most dim sum restaurants (i.e. they serve the favorites). There were also a number of staff members that spoke very good English.

      Don't worry about the Mandarin. They all speak Cantonese anyway.