After reading raptuous reports about this outpost in the 99 market shopping center at Atlantic and Garvey, Mme Zoe and I hiked out for an early lunch - the better, we thought to get the freshest dim sum plus that they had to offer. We are practically disciples of New Capital Seafood in Rowland Heights and have recently trekked out there with my cousin Julian, a refugee from France and he prounced it to be an overwhelming experience of deliciousness, freshness, innovation, tastyness - well you get the picture.
This joint aint that; the grim roccoco atmosphere of the room reminds me of some movie set that didn't quite work; the wait persons are way too rushed and aggressive, lining up three and four around the table to ply their wares and the food was so incredibly disappointing; like it was made a while ago and left on steamers - it lacked taste, it was bland and Mme Zoe was pepping everything up with lots of chili dip, We had roast duck - well done but not a lot of flavor and quite cold rather than luke warm; the tripe was tastless, all the shrimp dishes lacked any deep flavor, the chicken feet were gloppy and also not very tasty. Admittedly we did not try the numerous hot pots which looked really good. Did I mention it was expensive too unlike NYC in the same shopping center. I love the dishes at NBC seafood around the corner and also NYC where we lunch most Tuesdays eating our way through the menu - we'll be back there next week. Caoital Seafood No, NYC Si.