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Sep 14, 2011 10:26 AM

"Mystery" restaurant in Monterey Park above HK Market

The sign says "ME Restaurant". According to supermarket workers, it's been open for 3 months. I literally see no info about this anywhere on the interwebz.

If you've eaten there, comment on the setup please? It looks like 2 restaurants, but I can't really tell. It's directly above PP Pop, and on the terrace/loft of HK market. The access to upstairs is in the front of the market facing Garfield, to the right of PP Pop.

Address: 127 N Garfield, Monterey Park

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  1. Nevermind, I didn't search hard enough.

    The top part of the sign is for:
    One Hundred Seafood Buffet
    127 N Garfield Ave #Y
    Been open since '09?

    But then there's "ME" restaurant, which has different hours... So confused.

    3 Replies
    1. re: TonyC

      Chinese name of M.E. (specifically "Guan Dong") hints at Dongbei style food.

      1. re: K K

        Chinese name of ME specifically points out Fuzhou food (閩東). Sorry, it's hard to tell the character in the small Chow photo.

        The "ME" restaurant name apparently shares the exact phone/address as One Hundred Seafood. I'm still confused whether there are actually 2 restaurants, or just 1 restaurant, up there.

        1. re: TonyC

          Thanks for the clarification. Jumped to conclusion too quickly from not seeing the inside door character clearly.

          The hotpot restaurant is open on weekends only?

    2. M E stands for Min East, one of the different names this restaurant has used for almost a decade, but under a cafeteria type format and perhaps the same ownership. To start at the beginning, when Hong Kong Supermarket opened up maybe 25 years ago the upstairs area was like a small food court accessible from inside the store operating under the name Deli World Cafe. Got a lot of publicity and was written up in the metropolitan rags. They closed down and the area was vacant for many years. About 10 years ago it reopened under the name U Pick Cafeteria. Every few years the English language name would change--Min East, 100 lb Seafood Hot Pot, and Pleasure Gourmet. The formula seemed to tweak, too, but it remained pay per item, cafeteria like food, most recently hot pot. I always thought it was a new restaurant each time the name changed, but the last time I went there over four years ago I asked how long they had been open and the gal said "five years". So it's probably been the same place all along.

      They also have a regular menu which includes some Fuzhou items. It's the first place I saw Fuzhou fish balls being served locally--this was about five years ago.

      Hong Kong Supermarket
      127 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

      1 Reply
      1. re: Chandavkl

        Deli World Cafe was the best place ever. I still lie awake at night sometimes thinking about that sublime moment when a waiter would drizzle crackling-hot oil on the eel with yellow chives.

      2. i personally think the restaurant above tay ho on valley in sg is a mystery. i once went up the stairs many years ago and it looked like a fine dining (seafood?) chinese restaurant but it doesn't seem to get that much buzz or business from what i see. i wonder if it's still there and how many places have come and gone from that location...

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        1. re: catbert

          That was Goldworld for a few years, followed by Emperor's something, both dim sum houses. Then another dim sum place opened up for about a month and closed down before I ever heard about it. It's now Golden Soup, which is essentially a giant lunch special restaurant, if you will a branch of Tin Tin on Garvey and Jackson in Monterey Park.

          The REAL mystery restaurant is Kai's Restaurant on San Gabriel Bl. between Valley and Las Tunas. It was a normal functioning restaurant maybe 15 years ago. I stopped by to pick up a menu with the intention of coming back to eat shortly thereafter. However when I went back it was closed, and every time I drove by for almost 15 or so years it remained closed. But it apparently was not out of business because the Health Department grade card not only remained in the window, but it actually changed from time to time. I'd even walk up to the restaurant from time to time and once saw an employee inside. I tapped on the door, but he only shook his head. However, sometime in the past year it seems like it might finally be out of business. There's one Yelp review--which asks if the restaurant is ever open.

          Tin Tin Restaurant
          7621 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

          1. re: Chandavkl

            You're correct that Tin Tin is on Garvey & Jackson, but it's in Rosemead next to Big Saver Foods.

          2. re: catbert

            Golden Soup was supposedly doing good hot pot biz last winter. Not so much a mystery now with 20+ Yelp reviews and all the Tin Tin fans from North of 10 providing patronage. The older Chinese crowd love the family meals pricing and business looks relatively steady. I mean, the parking lot has been damn full every time I visited but it's probably due to the heavy promotion on AM1300 earlier this year.

            Thanks for the feedback on ME chandav. I don't know how these places will survive when the Monterey Park "Towne Centre" opens in 2013.

            Tin Tin Restaurant
            7621 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

          3. Glad you brought this one up as it sort of mystifies me as well. I picked up a menu back in '09. When doing my quest for rabbit earlier this year, this was the only place offering rabbit noodle soup. When I walked in to the empty restaurant at about 9PM, I pointed to rabbit noodle on the menu and was told "No" and steered toward "western" food. It seemed a simple buffet. If there had been change in ownership, the menu appeared to be the same.