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Alhambra: Yazmin--Closed? What's going on?

crocodileguy Sep 22, 2013 02:53 PM

Hello, Yelp says Yazmin closed, but no reviews that I could find mention this fact. Anyone know what's going on? Super bummed if true; had heard good things about it and had been hoping to try it soon :(

  1. barryc Sep 22, 2013 03:36 PM

    posted on their FB page Aug 3rd:

    "We will be temporarily closed until further notice"


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    1. re: barryc
      crocodileguy Sep 22, 2013 04:49 PM

      Thanks for the info. "Temporarily closed"...I wonder what that really means?

      Anyone with further info?

      1. re: crocodileguy
        bulavinaka Sep 22, 2013 09:27 PM

        I know they've done this in the past. Owner goes back to Malaysia every so often for extended periods. Not sure if this is the case this time.

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      dreamcast18 Sep 22, 2013 10:28 PM

      drove by today...closed for sure. can't order my pandan cake or kaya anymore :(

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        STEVEMIU Sep 22, 2013 10:39 PM

        I'm gonna miss their lunch specials......Salted fish fried rice $4.95, char kway teow $5.95

        1. barryc Sep 23, 2013 11:25 AM

          alternatives, then? an indonesian friend suggested little malaysia in el monte. i've never been there.

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          1. re: barryc
            bulavinaka Sep 23, 2013 12:29 PM

            LM can be good. We used to make the trek feom the Westside regularly. Consistancy can be an issue though. Haven't been in a while so I can't vouch for them right now.

            1. re: barryc
              STEVEMIU Sep 23, 2013 12:52 PM

              LM was really good back in the 90"s. Last time I went was the last time I will ever go, which was couple of years ago.

              My go to place now is Sate House in Walnut.

              1. re: barryc
                boogiebaby Sep 23, 2013 01:42 PM

                We like LM. We were there about 2 months ago as it's a bit of a drive from the SFV. I love their Mee Goreng, and my mom (from Singapore) like their Curry Mee. Not a big fan of their Roti Prata but the Char Kway Teo is pretty good.

                1. re: barryc
                  TonyC Sep 23, 2013 02:35 PM

                  Borneo or Java House for Indo taste. No alternative in the hood for Malaysian-specific.

                  1. re: TonyC
                    chowseeker1999 Sep 25, 2013 07:41 AM

                    hi tony,

                    how is borneo overall? worth a visit? any recs? thanx!

                    1. re: chowseeker1999
                      blimpbinge Sep 25, 2013 08:36 AM

                      I think borneo is pretty good, indonesian-chinese (hokkien) food. I usually get:

                      laksa udang - solid laksa imo, not katong level.. but for this area.. ya

                      roti prata - nice n flaky, sauce is rice n flavorful

                      their mie is nice too, but janty noodle is still better.. borneo is much closer to me though. Variation depends entirely on you, I like the mie hakka since they have fishcake. I try to get a different one every time I go, so i don't always remember the name of the exact dish.

                      nasi campur kalimantan - its not bad.. char siu looks much better than it tasted.. I guess i expected it to be better than cantonese bbq, but it's less flavorful and a bit dry in comparison.. chicken is good..

                      tried a few other items but forgot the names or they weren't memorable

                      I still haven't tried rojak, stir fry noodle dishes, fried rice, lots of their noodle dishes, yong tau foo (called nyong here?), curries, and also some rice dishes (because there are already places that do them well, been skipping them here for now)..

                      if you go, park in the structure behind them (and pho 79) to avoid needing to drive around. enjoy!

                    2. re: TonyC
                      TripleAxel Sep 25, 2013 01:52 PM

                      And if you want to add something else to this mix, there's Litz Cafe in Monterey Park for Singaporean...

                      1. re: TripleAxel
                        TonyC Sep 25, 2013 02:04 PM

                        Nope, have no desire ever mention Litz. The stuff is disgusting compared to general output of Borneo/Java. Almost shameful.

                        1. re: TripleAxel
                          blimpbinge Sep 25, 2013 04:19 PM

                          not true singaporean

                          it's a cantonese restaurant that tries to make "singaporean" dishes.

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                      DWB Sep 24, 2013 04:15 PM

                      I have NEVER had a better coconut curry dish than Curry laksa at Yazmin. I have eaten at the two locations they have been at for over 25 years! For many years, it was my favorite restaurant by far. I will always love Yazmin.

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                        gdtobme Sep 24, 2013 09:53 PM

                        Oh no. I'll miss their Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Curry Laksa. Haven't found another place in the San Gabriel Valley that I like as well as I did Yazmin's.

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                        1. re: gdtobme
                          blimpbinge Sep 24, 2013 10:05 PM

                          Little Malaysia and Kalimantan have decent laksa

                          1. re: blimpbinge
                            gdtobme Sep 24, 2013 10:14 PM

                            Yes, I've tried Little Malaysia's laksa. I thought it was also good but prepared differently. I think I prefer Yazmin's though. Chicky BBQ in Duarte was another place I tried. Still another place with a different style. (It's Indonesian rather than Malaysian so I wasn't expecting it to be the same thing.) Since I'm not a native, I don't really know which is the authentic version so I'm just going by personal preference.

                          2. re: gdtobme
                            DWB Sep 26, 2013 09:14 AM

                            I used to order curry laksa, nasi goring and char kwey tow at lunch a couple times a week, for dinner at ~$15. My wife and I would feast for dinner and both have lunch the next day. The only restaurant that I would have ever been considered a "regular". Truly good people.

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                            JThur01 Sep 29, 2013 12:55 PM

                            I still wonder if all this is premature. I walked by, looked in the window and the restaurant still looks fully furnished. Perhaps the owner is simply on a trip to Malaysia again? I guess time will only tell.

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                            1. re: JThur01
                              crocodileguy Sep 29, 2013 01:35 PM

                              Exactly; I'm just trying to figure out the story since Yelp says it's closed, but other sources say it's only temporary.

                              In other words, I was merely asking if anyone knew anything concrete, since last Spring, Golden Shanghai was "temporarily closed" and it ended up being permanent.

                              1. re: crocodileguy
                                JThur01 Sep 29, 2013 02:06 PM

                                I get it crocodile guy. Well, FWIW, there were none of the red flags: no use of "re-modeling" and no stepladder in front of the door at Yazmin...so that's usually a good sign :)

                                1. re: JThur01
                                  crocodileguy Sep 29, 2013 05:17 PM

                                  Excellent. Thank you so much; greatly appreciate it. I always get bummed when a place I've had bookmarked for a while is listed as "Closed" despite rave reviews before I've ever had a chance to try it. Thankfully it seems like this may just be temporary.

                                  Everyone's entitled to a vacay once in a while, especially back to the homeland :)

                            2. c
                              crocodileguy Nov 16, 2013 12:53 PM

                              Have they reopened?

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                              1. re: crocodileguy
                                blimpbinge Nov 16, 2013 04:09 PM

                                Nope, just walked by last night.

                                Everything is still in place, and the sign indicates it's temporary. Hope it opens up soon, I have a feeling it'll open up before CNY.

                                1. re: blimpbinge
                                  crocodileguy Nov 16, 2013 04:12 PM

                                  Thanks--I asked because Yelp no longer has them listed as closed, there was a review dated a couple days ago, and said review mentioned new holiday dishes. Strange.

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                                ronke Dec 23, 2013 05:09 PM

                                Per Yazmin's Facebook Page on Nov 26th: "Margaret had a backbone fracture and she is under doctor's treatment. Temporary she cannot work so we have to close the restaurant." As of Dec 2, they posted that "Margaret is doing fine now" so maybe they will reopen in the New Year?

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                                1. re: ronke
                                  barryc Dec 23, 2013 06:21 PM

                                  i stopped by on my way to hot red bus a couple of doors down earlier this month. the doors were open but still not yet open for business.

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                                  crocodileguy Mar 1, 2014 01:26 PM

                                  Facebook and Yelp both now list Yazmin as "permanently closed"

                                  Can anyone verify??

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                                  1. re: crocodileguy
                                    JThur01 Mar 11, 2014 10:55 PM

                                    Application of ownership change in window...Foo Foo Tei.

                                    Yep, Foo Foo Tei.

                                    1. re: JThur01
                                      blimpbinge Mar 12, 2014 12:12 AM

                                      Now THAT, is interesting.

                                      1. re: blimpbinge
                                        dreamcast18 Mar 12, 2014 07:59 PM

                                        that sux..even though their kaya and pandang cake were so-so..they were the only ones who make them fresh in LA. RIP Yazmin.

                                        1. re: dreamcast18
                                          blimpbinge Mar 12, 2014 08:10 PM

                                          they also made pineapple tarts (the SEAsian way, not tw way), and had some chinese new year dishes


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                                    JThur01 Mar 13, 2014 10:47 AM

                                    Just for the sake of formality...

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                                    1. re: JThur01
                                      blimpbinge Mar 13, 2014 11:01 AM

                                      This too:

                                      1. re: blimpbinge
                                        TonyC Mar 13, 2014 11:50 AM

                                        gdamn Chinese-owned shitty-ramen travesty.

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