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Is Luscious Dumpling moving or expanding?

raytamsgv May 23, 2012 01:13 PM

The website for the Mon-Arc mini-mall on the Monrovia-Arcadia border lists Luscious Dumpling as having signed a lease there. Does anyone know if this is related to Luscious Dumpling in San Gabriel?

http://www.monarccenter.com/

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    Wagonboy May 23, 2012 02:06 PM

    After 3 or 4 they do feel as though they're expanding. And moving, but slowly.

    1. Chandavkl May 24, 2012 04:57 PM

      If it isn't, somebody is in for a big lawsuit. Also it looks like the developer is dealing with established tenants.

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        Johnny L May 25, 2012 02:40 AM

        Wow I rarely drive into Monrovia so I did not notice there will be a Hong Kong supermarket.

        +1 for Luscious Dumpling, hopefully it will be bigger and take credit card! Very excited.

        -1 for HK Supermarket, among the Chinese chains dislike them the most.

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          Peripatetic May 25, 2012 01:16 PM

          > hopefully it will be bigger and take credit card

          And not run out of everything except tea by 7pm.

          And not use half of the cramped dining room as a storeroom.

          I used to love Luscious Dumplings, but on recent visits I've felt more like a "mark" than a customer.

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            bulavinaka May 25, 2012 01:35 PM

            Yup - what you said. They must be the envy of many other businesses for their customers to be willing to put up with this. Unfortunately, I occasionally put up with this because of those pan-fried pork dumplings...

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              Johnny L May 26, 2012 03:27 PM

              LOL so on the mark here! I stopped going more recently because they close so early and if you get in as the last table expect half of the stuff to be gone.

              Although I don't hate on them for that I see it as a sign of quality in some ways but it is still frustrating when 2 of your favorite things are out. As long as they keep the same quality I'm all for it.

              1. re: Johnny L
                Peripatetic May 26, 2012 06:52 PM

                The quality is still very good. I just feel they are being contemptuous of their customers. Father's Office doesn't provide ketchup? Fine. Handsome Coffee Roasters doesn't think you should use sugar? I can live with that. But I really don't like being sat at at a table wedged next to cases and cases of produce and then being told all the things I can't have because they didn't make enough of it for fear of having a single dumpling left over at the end of the evening.

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                  Kitchenace Jan 24, 2013 09:11 AM

                  Just read this 8 months later and had to sign up just to reply. Contemptuous? Seriously? They're a mom & pop restaurant and run it as such. They make good food and run a popular restaurant. If you don't like it, if you need more "ambience" in your San Gabriel chinese food then I encourage you to go somewhere else.

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            lileor Oct 21, 2012 08:42 PM

            Went by tonight for takeout around 7 and it was bustling. It's a fairly small space with only 6-7 tables. The waitstaff looked high school/college age and they all spoke English (plus for me as my Mandarin is atrocious).

            Got the chive dumpling + stewed pork noodle soup combo and a large stewed beef noodle soup. The dumplings were good, but nothing spectacular. The stewed fatty pork, however, was outstanding. The beef in the NRM was very flavorful. Bok choy in the noodles were subbed with shredded cabbage.

            They didn't seem to be out of anything, but they did note that the guo tieh would take 20 minutes since everyone eating in had ordered them and they had run out or something.

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              Johnny L Oct 21, 2012 10:50 PM

              Was there for the 2nd time in a week today and they are still running out of items close to closing times prior to lunch and dinner.

              A little bit annoying but luckily for them mostly everything on the menu is good or I would have been a little bit peeved.

              1. re: Johnny L
                ipsedixit Oct 22, 2012 07:29 AM

                That's their M.O. It's always been like that even in the SGV location.

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                  Johnny L Oct 23, 2012 12:56 AM

                  I know, that's why I was sorta hoping that this location would be better.

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                    ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 07:31 AM

                    "Better"?

                    How so? That's how they do business.

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                      Johnny L Oct 23, 2012 04:08 PM

                      That may be true but doesn't mean I can't feel annoyed they run out of stuff constantly. At the same time I'm not surprised since Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants operate on razor thin profit margins so food waste an important factor. Still I was hoping with the higher turnover of seats they would produce more food too. When I went for dinner 3 of the things I wanted were crossed off in addition to some other items too.

                      1. re: Johnny L
                        ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 08:22 PM

                        Go earlier.

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                          Johnny L Oct 25, 2012 04:20 AM

                          That's impossible I'm a 25 year old procrastinator I never show up to dinner or lunch early.

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                            ipsedixit Oct 25, 2012 07:40 AM

                            Go at 5 and consider it a "procrastinator's lunch". :-)

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              jahngra Jan 22, 2013 10:11 AM

              I went to try to find the Las Tunas location last night- they seem to be gone... is only the new branch open? (NYer searching for SGV dumplings)

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              1. re: jahngra
                Chandavkl Jan 22, 2013 11:10 AM

                Closed Mondays. Perhaps that's the problem.

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                  jahngra Jan 22, 2013 11:30 AM

                  but it was nowhere to be found in the plaza, and a new noodle shop where it seemed google thought it should be...

                  1. re: jahngra
                    TonyC Jan 22, 2013 11:35 AM

                    User error.

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                  jasongg06 Jan 22, 2013 12:07 PM

                  with the ridiculous lines they have for the food they serve, they won't leave san gabriel

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                    jahngra Jan 22, 2013 01:39 PM

                    I went to the address listed on their website- no Luscious Dumpling anywhere in that plaza/strip mall at 704 W. Las Tunas.

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                      jasongg06 Jan 22, 2013 02:46 PM

                      http://www.lusciousdumplings.com/

                      their website indicates there are now 2 locations.

                      try again.

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                        jahngra Jan 22, 2013 03:17 PM

                        just saying- has anyone been there recently?

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                          dreamcast18 Jan 23, 2013 10:17 AM

                          lol....someone didn't update their Iphone Maps app?

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                        jasongg06 Jan 24, 2013 12:21 PM

                        i was getting to go at taipei bistro and took a pic for you.

                        still open and bustling

                        if you still can't find it.. i don't know how else to help u

                         
                        1. re: jasongg06
                          ipsedixit Jan 24, 2013 01:19 PM

                          Are you a fan of Taipei Bistro? I've grown fond of Taipei Bistro's minced meat rice.

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                            jasongg06 Jan 24, 2013 01:32 PM

                            that's exactly what i got!

                            i go there and tofu king in arcadia for 滷肉飯

                            the plus side for tofu king is that i can also get 臭豆腐

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                              ipsedixit Jan 24, 2013 01:37 PM

                              Too bad Taipei Bistro only has 滷汁炸豆腐.

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                            jahngra Jan 24, 2013 02:58 PM

                            I guess I missed it because it was closed Monday... but I had very good pho at the Vietnamese place in the same plaza...

                            1. re: jahngra
                              TonyC Jan 24, 2013 03:09 PM

                              Except, the restaurant's still physically THERE even if it's closed. It's not like they remove the sign on Mondays.

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                                jotfoodie Jan 24, 2013 05:31 PM

                                TonyC, you really nailed it on the head:) It really irked me to see comments like, ‘no Luscious Dumpling anywhere in that plaza/strip’ and then followed it with ‘I guess I missed it because it was closed Monday’. GO FIGURE !

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                                  jahngra Jan 24, 2013 06:52 PM

                                  OK OK I'm sorry I screwed up- the place was dark- I'm from out of town- so shoot me why don't you. I walked up and down the damn strip mall and the sign was probably above me. Are you perfect?

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                                    jahngra Jan 24, 2013 06:55 PM

                                    and I was looking for a place I assumed, wrongly it seems, that would open. I was trying to find it after a full day hiking in the desert and a five hour round trip drive it was late. When you come to Flushing to visit and looking for the killer places in my neck of the woods, I will show you a little pity.

                                    1. re: jahngra
                                      ipsedixit Jan 24, 2013 07:21 PM

                                      Understand something, jahngra, we *have* already taken pity on you.

                                      You should see what happens to folks we don't take pity on.

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                                        bulavinaka Jan 24, 2013 08:27 PM

                                        ipse's being nice to you (yes, this is considered nice for ipse). If you're not familiar w/ the LA board, ipse's the Don Rickles of taskmasters here. :-P

                                        1. re: jahngra
                                          raytamsgv Jan 25, 2013 12:35 PM

                                          Of course we'll show pity. But first you must start penance by eating some high quality dim sum at Sea Harbour or Elite. Then you must finish with the house special crab at Seafood Village.

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                                            jahngra Jan 25, 2013 12:55 PM

                                            I fully (and gladly) accept my punishment...

                                          2. re: jahngra
                                            TonyC Jan 25, 2013 02:43 PM

                                            OTOH, some of us knows exactly which grocery store on Main to get the best 3-item steam table combo (needed when your dinner date cancels), as well as the latest time to get the dou fu fa at the Roosevelt flower store.

                                            It's funny a Chower so adroit at navigating the craziness that is Flushing's Chinese scene somehow missed such a large (versus say, 朱記) dumpling house in the SGV...

                                            Instead of Luscious, one should've just crossed the street to Kingsburg and had a better experience.

                                2. re: jasongg06
                                  liu Jan 22, 2013 06:18 PM

                                  We ate next door on Saturday morning and the lines were waaaay out the door. The few waiting patrons we talked with were happy to wait!

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