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Face Cafe in Alhambra Gone?

Chandavkl Jun 22, 2013 06:40 PM

Headed to the east coast so I can't check this one out. If anyone driving around out there can confirm, I would appreciate it.

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    dreamcast18 Jul 6, 2013 11:29 PM

    New Tasty is the new face of face cafe.

    I don't think i will ever step into it unless fellow chowhounders think otherwise?

     
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    1. re: dreamcast18
      blimpbinge Jul 6, 2013 11:49 PM

      I will try to go either tmr or early in the week.. maybe i'll see you there too! haha

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        dreamcast18 Jul 6, 2013 11:57 PM

        buhahaah..please order hainanese/steamed chicken rice. I need to know my competition.

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          blimpbinge Jul 7, 2013 01:42 PM

          Just went, I think it got even worse than face cafe. They went family style, continuing the trend that tasty garden jacked from tai hing (hk). Food, service, drinks, everything. It was quite busy though. Definitely not recommended, but it was pretty affordable, good for a family meal I guess.

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            Johnny L Jul 7, 2013 11:39 PM

            Wow worse than Face? Thanks for taking the bullet for the team.

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              blimpbinge Jul 7, 2013 11:53 PM

              More detailed explanation:
              Ordered siu ngap (duck) lo mien, XO black pepper udon with "filet mignon", lemon iced tea, iced milk tea.

              duck lo mien - the duck was cooked ok, but was a bit too salty. The lo mien was stale and tasted more like "chow mien" (pan fried).

              black pepper udon w/ filet mignon - it came on a sizzling plate that was too hot, so what happened was the udon was stuck to the plate and i had to scrape it off with my spoon as I was unable to pick it up with chopsticks. Even then, the udon and beef both had no flavor. The beef was flavorless and probably not filet mignon. There were also bits of shiitake mushrooms in there that were absolutely flavorless.

              lemon iced tea - was ok

              iced milk tea - something that face made that was actually good until the employee left. Here it was the generic bland tea + too much milk. It was frothy, so I though it would be good, but it was just like colored water w/ creamer. The refill was even worse than the first cup... refill because i was thirsty ok? haha

              Lastly, we ordered the pork ribs + steamed rice flour rolls - waited 40 minutes and it never came.

              I was there a lot longer than I wanted to be due to the waiters not acknowledging my table... to check on the order and for the bill. They were good with refills though.

              The prices were pretty low, so I may try again in a few months and strictly order the family style dishes & appetizers.

               
               
               
               
               
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                dreamcast18 Jul 8, 2013 12:38 AM

                try again in a few months time? hopefully they won't be around anymore so you don't have to sit through the torture ;-)

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      dreamcast18 Jun 24, 2013 07:36 AM

      it went downhill after HK Cafe closed....missed the 24 hr + "smoking room"...LOL..

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        TonyC Jun 25, 2013 12:26 PM

        rather happy this place shuttered. Called it "F**k Face" Cafe.

        Twice it got me. second time I had to pay for a table of 8. it was nothing but "FML FML FML" every time I scooped up bits of that nasty macaroni.

        1. re: TonyC
          blimpbinge Jun 25, 2013 12:35 PM

          not only did the food suck (milk tea was good for awhile, then got worse), their service was horrible. Horrible as in, they played this game where no one would look at your table the entire meal so you'd never get service.

          1. re: blimpbinge
            ipsedixit Jun 25, 2013 03:55 PM

            They have you no face time?

      2. blimpbinge Jun 22, 2013 07:48 PM

        According to my dad, they are renovating and will reopen in july.

        I will confirm later today.

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          Chandavkl Jun 23, 2013 12:46 PM

          It's a new restaurant with a name something like Good Taste.

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            blimpbinge Jun 23, 2013 02:07 PM

            I wonder if that restaurant space just changes names for fun.

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              Chandavkl Jun 23, 2013 02:18 PM

              Things like that do occur with some frequency, but the changes usually occur overnight with no interruption in business.

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                Johnny L Jun 23, 2013 11:54 PM

                That location has gone through so many name changes I'd be surprised if they didn't change every so often now.

                1. re: Chandavkl
                  blimpbinge Jun 24, 2013 12:11 AM

                  drove by earlier, they had a yellow sign on the side of the building with "new tasty" or something really generic and forgettable.

                  wonder if it will be any different since the previous 4 or 5 restaurants there were all cafes

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