amazing the food, affordable dim sum, helpful staff, worst service, professional food service, not recommend place, disgusting experience
I had raw chicken in my bow...thats all I am saying. OK, so I did like the food. It was like a 3 and a half star place. Then I got raw chicken and I will never go back. They even charged me for the dish! never again!
Cantonese-style seafood palace draws dim sum aficionados to the Westside..
With a second-story mini-mall location, this Westside dim sum destination is sunny by day, cozy by night, and always an intimate respite from the clamoring banquet halls of the San Gabriel Valley. Diners might rub elbows with Hong Kong stars like Chow Yun Fat and John Woo drawn by the authentic Chinese menu. Dim sum offers a variety of dumplings--chicken and spinach, scallop, taro and a myriad of shrimp variations--and the popular fried shrimp on wooden skewers.
Bland and boring dim sum. If you're stuck on the west side and jonesing for some dim sum then this is the only place to go because I think THIS is literally the only place to go. But beware the dim sum is average at best and there isn't much variety either.
Average dinning experience. I think this place is popular, because that's the only Dim Sm place around. I have been there quite a few times. They have limited dim sum which are mostly overpriced. The quality of the food are not as good as expected. For instance, the chang fen ( BBQ pork wrapped in rice paper), you can bearly taste the BBQ pork, it feels like you are just eating the rice paper.
Good, but "Amazing" is stretching it. Just to be clear, the food here is not "amazing", it's good to average. You can get better dim sum almost anywhere else in the city with a much wider selection, and much better pricing. They can get away with it because it's probably the only dim sum place anywhere near Santa Monica or Brentwood, and people in those areas seem to be willing to pay for it. Saying the food there is great would be stretching it. I go there for the lunch specials because they're well priced and close by, and the staff is attentive and pleasant. Dinner courses are not very impressive in taste however.
Great dim sum. If you have been searching for dim sum but don't want to drive for hours, visit this restaurant. The food is amazing. I also cannot believe hoe inexpensive it was. Great variety as well! There is a wait on weekends but it is worth it...
Dim Sum Lite. Before I say anything negative about VIP Harbor Seafood, I would like to say it's wonderful to have a real dim sum restaurant on the westside. They have the signature push carts carrying most of the items avialable in Monterey Park or Chinatown. The shu mai was delectable, not too fatty. The crab ball was also good, but smaller than you'd find elsewhere. The shrimp noodle was passable. The chicken feet, well, they're chicken feet, enough said. On our first visit I bit in to a spinach dumpling that was frozen in the middle, a rarity I'm sure. I saw only two ambulatory push carts during a weekday lunch hour. If you want good, affordable dim sum fast, try ABC in Chinatown. We live closer to VIP, but hopping on the 10 to Chinatown is no problem. However, Monterey Park still has the best places, hands down.
Great dimsum on the westside. This is the only dim sum I've found (though haven't looked actively) on the westside. Great, started by owners/managers of the famous NBC seafood in Monterey Park, I hear. It is overpriced, which I don't blame them for - clearly they won't get the same volume as in Monterey Park and the demographic here is willing to pay more. It's worth the added cost of a westsider like me not to have to have to go far for authentic dim sum. Shrimp dumplings and hau gau are great.
TOO EXPENSIVE. Everthing is over priced. BEFORE you order anything (dim sum) take a look at the pricing list on the table. The dim sum is EXPENSIVE!!! If you have been to Empress Pavilion then you will know what I mean. The sui mai were TINY! I know everyone has to agree with me on this...the bottom line is that this place serves good food...BUT it is too expensive and the portions are tooo small. I went with my girlfriend and spent $40 and wasnt even full. I usually go to Empress Pavilion, spend $25 and am stuffed!
good, clean, tasty!. Having moved here from Toronto, where there's a MUCH larger Chinese population, I was happy to finally find a good dim sum restaurant. Authentic, fresh, tasty food, attentive service & decent prices.
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