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Oct 28, 2012 11:26 AM

101 Noodle Express Coming to Monterey Park's Atlantic Times Square

Walked by the old Cafe Express location and noticed that the space had been re-leased, but could not discern the name of the new tenant based on the change of ownership notice in the window. However, in checking the Atlantic Times Square website, it lists 101 Noodle Express as an upcoming tenant. Good. Now I don't have to drive all the way to Alhambra to get my beef roll fix.

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  1. I've driven by this new complex many times but have yet to stop by to try anything. Where does one park and is there anything of Chow interest?

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Parking entrances are on Hellman and Atlantic (south end of mall). There is a huge amount of parking, but that doesn't stop the parking garage from being a total zoo, especially on weekends. The original intent was for the mall to be filled by national chain stores, but the only ones who signed up in the end (after several cancellations) were Johnny Rocket's and Coldstone Creamery. Consequently, they had to settle for existing Chinese businesses, such as Tasty Garden, Green Island, Happy Family and Nice Time Cafe. Tasty Garden is the biggest hit there, as the wait to get in can be very lengthy. Atlantic Seafood upstairs is OK, probably in the Ocean Star/NBC class. Fortune Dumpling used to be Dumpling 10053 when it was in El Monte. No must visits, but if you haven't been there it 's worth a stroll.

      1. re: bulavinaka

        I don't see any standouts, but it's a collection of mostly chinese eateries. Tasty Garden and Green Island are both there, along w/ phoenix, lee's sandwich, fluff ice (taiwanese style shaved snow but kind of yogurt land style shop), curry house, a conveyor belt sushi place (not horrible), and a few other asian eateries. A good thing about the theatre is that they usually show hk/chinese movies on a few of the screens. I went there last weekend to eat then watch "Vulgaria" a parody of some erotic hk movies. You can check to see what movies are there, that was the 3rd hk movie I watched there. The asian movies are in their original langauge + english subtitles.. sorry for going off topic..

      2. Does that mean the Valley blvd restaurant is moving?

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        1. re: granadafan

          I would guess not though we'll have to see. They have locations in Arcadia, Irvine and Culver City (Rowland Heights closed down), so I think they're following the multi-nodular approach.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Speaking of the now-defunct RH location, what's happened with that location? Has it been renovated or is it still empty? (The last time I stopped by, they had closed the whole food court down). I haven't been back in about a year.

            Mr Taster

        2. I don't think there's anything in that plaza that I would entice me to visit, they're essentially branches of restaurants all throughout the SGV.

          Unless I'm catching a move at the AMC (or live upstairs) -- neither of which will happen anytime soon, or ever -- I'm not going to that plaza to eat at any of the eateries, esp. that conveyor belt sushi joint.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Good. Stay away. Parking is bad enough as it is.

            I'm here regularly for the Chinese films. This AMC is part of China Lion's first release program in which they debut Chinese films on the same day as domestic markets. They also distribute major Hallyu block blocksters (Currently showing "Thieves). Why wouldn't you visit?

            The plaza's Tasty Garden and Ten Ren are on our regular roster. Both more comfortable than most of the other branches.

            1. re: TonyC

              Thank you, I did not know there was a release program for that theatre. Have been going there for awhile to watch all the new hk movies. I hope they continue because the last film I saw... the theatre was quite empty.

              It brings back childhood memories when my family went to the two chinese theatres on valley (life plaza and the garfield theatre on valley/garfield) to watch chinese movies

              btw are you the same tony that writes for eater LA?

              1. re: TonyC

                There never seems to be parking yet the top side seems pretty empty even on weekdays, weekends are much worse too.

                1. re: TonyC

                  Flashier location, but food-wise this branch of Tasty Garden is inferior to the one on Valley Blvd in Alhambra

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I was there yesterday to visit the bookstore, because I was told they sold these calligraphy pens with the brush tips on one end and a fine point felt tip on the other. Turns out all they sell are bushes. Does anyone know where to pick these up?


                  I was quite surprised at how many stores were still vacant, well over a year after it opened. Several months ago, I paid a visit to Fortune Dumplings and was not very impressed... I remember 10053 being much better (and cheaper). Anyone who has ever eaten colored pasta can attest to the fact that colorful dumpling skins are more of a gimmick than anything else.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    I was there yesterday to visit the bookstore, because I was told they sold these calligraphy pens with the brush tips on one end and a fine point felt tip on the other. Turns out all they sell are bushes. Does anyone know where to pick these up?


                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      I also use these self-inking pens for my informal Chinese calligraphy. Aaron Brothers has them for sale at times in their art section. UCLA's Student Union Bookstore has them too, last time I checked. Get the ones made in Japan - they write smoother.

                      Foodwise, Tasty Garden is the one place in that mall I'd hit, though I do agree that it's not as good as the Alhambra location.