Atlantic Seafood To Open In Atlantic Times Square in Monterey Park
The signage is up! Atlantic Seafood is getting ready to open in Atlantic Times Square, serving dim sum in the daytime and presumably Hong Kong style seafood at night. When the mall project was started years ago, Chowhounds had visions of magnificent Chinese dining in the soon to be built shopping complex. Then the list of eateries supposedly opening in Atlantic Times Square was released, populated by Chili's, Coldstone Creamery and Johnny Rocket's, with the declaration that the mall would be home to national chain tenants, with nary an Asian restaurant in sight. Chowhounds were crushed. However as things turned out the national tenants largely did not show up, but starting with the mall opening in late 2010 a number of successful Asian restaurants did step in with new branches. So far the restaurants have been cafe, casual style eats. But finally the Chinese seafood restaurant we were hoping for appears to be shortly on the way. Hope it's worth the wait.
It opened today at 9am. They have out all of the grand opening plants with red ribbons on the ground floor. You can take the stairs or use the elevator to get to 2nd floor, next to Tokyo Wako. Dim sum is cart-style and the space is actually bigger than I thought. Dim sum is 10% off. Service was very good, always coming around to fill your teapot, but the food is okay, actually disappointing. Siu mai were the smallest things I've seen. Cha Siu Bao steamed were very small and the dough was tough, not soft at all.
So far I've been very unimpressed with the plaza. It needs more of the tenants to offer outdoor seating to attract a more lively atmosphere assuming that's what they are trying to do.
Either way out of all the restaurants there nothing has really lured me there except Curry House since I had a coupon. I'm hoping the dim sum is going to be great (that way maybe it will lessen the crowds elsewhere?). Also I'm always down for great Hong Kong style seafood.. Where exactly will it be though? I thought most of the spaces were taken and I haven't noticed any large spaces left.