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Mar 2, 2014 10:16 AM

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I'm sure you do. Help me out.

Food quality being the main priority

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      1. re: Mento

        I have a family member who doesn't like seafood. Would Sea Harbor be an issue or do they have enought nonseafood items that it wouldn't matter?

        1. re: bringiton

          For dim sum or for dinner? If it's for dim sum, it should be an issue.

          For dinner, what's the place of going to a Canto place at all, if you don't like seafood? (I don't think Sea Harbour is more seafood oriented than any other Canto place)

          1. re: ilysla

            i hope you meant "if it's for dim sum, it SHOULDN'T be an issue"

              1. re: ilysla

                If I go for lunch on a Saturday with a party of 3-4, how long of a wait am I looking at if I arrive at Noon? Would 11 a.m. help? 1 p.m.?

                1. re: bringiton

                  Between 1 to 1.5 hours.

                  At any of those times.

                  Especially *this* weekend.

                  1. re: bringiton

                    I don't go to dim sum that often anymore, but I assume Sundays are the "big" day. On a Sunday, arriving anytime after 10:30AM at most dim sum places will result in a wait (probably 30+ min?).

                    Not sure about Saturday, but I wouldn't hold my breath....

                    1. re: ilysla

                      Not probably, DEFINITELY 30+ minutes (or as Ipse says, 1+ hours). In this is especially true for this weekend. Likely true about Saturday too. This is not just for Sea Harbour, but pretty much every big Dim Sum place in the SGV. A couple years ago, before it changed names to Five Star Seafood, my family waited an hour to get a table at New Capital. Earlier this year on a Saturday I was at Atlantic Times Square and walked past a couple complaining about the 1 hour wait at Atlantic Seafood (though Tasty Garden, with no dim sum, was not much better at a 45 min wait).

                      1PM is probably better for wait times but if I'm looking for small to no wait times, I always opt for earlier.

      2. Sea Harbour. Maybe Lunasia.

          1. Sea Harbour is still king.

            King Hua (yes, I'm aware of the irony) is also making a bid for throne these days.

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            1. re: J.L.

              King Hua will not ascend to the throne.

              Why? Feng Shui.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Yeah, that location is cursed. But hey, it's close to Fosselman's for that lychee milkshake after all that dim summery...

              1. Hope the OP doesn't mind me piggy-backing. Does SN1 do a good job w/ dim sum? I'm asking b/c a group of friends were talking about meeting up for dim sum in April. One of them is driving a considerable distance (likely w/ young child in tow), so I want to make it worth their time....

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                1. re: ilysla

                  Good, not great. Not in the same class as Sea Harbour, Elite, King Hua or Lunasia.

                  1. re: ilysla

                    IMO SN1 has surpassed Elite these days in quality and variety for dim sum. Even TonyC is on board these days.

                    Check the end of below thread for update:


                    1. re: Porthos

                      I agree with you, Porthos.

                      Shanghai No. 1 has the best food (my opinion).
                      Close in second place is King Hua, Elite and Sea Harbour.

                      I find Lunasia lacking...just blander than the rest, but the space is very nice.

                      This said, each of them has its own flair; each does something better than the others. Overall, however, I find Shanghai No. 1 to be on top...and no one makes better egg tartlets.

                      1. re: liu

                        I like King Hua because they don't put cilantro in their dishes. That being said, the steamed dumpling skins at King Hua are slightly inferior to Elite. They do fried dishes and baked dishes quite well at King Hua. Plus it's close to Costco for the after dim sum run.

                        1. re: lakeshow318

                          King Hua is also pretty easy on getting a seat as well. Of all the places mentioned, it is the easiest in our experience. Typically, Elite has a 30-60 minute estimated wait; Sea Harbour is about the same. SN1 varied for us and Lunasia was about 20-40 minutes. Of course, wait times will vary like crazy, depending on time one shows up. Still, King Hua has always been very easy. Even on Mother's Day, we only had a 15-minute wait at noon.

                    2. re: ilysla

                      SN1 does some things well (po tarts), but overall, they aren't as good as sea harbour, king hua, etc