Looking to try some good SGV dim sum, two of us headed to 888 Seafood Restaurant on Valley Blvd. on Saturday. We arrived early at about 10 am. The restaurant was about 1/4 full, and didn't really get much more crowded than that during the time we were there (about 45 mins).
Dim sum is served in carts, which may have been a disadvantage so early, since it meant turnover was less quick and things got a bit cold. The worst examples of this were our har gau and shumai. Both could have been fine, but they had been in the cart too long and were both oversteamed and too cold. I would give them each a C+.
Sticky rice in lotus leaf was my favorite of the morning, since it wasn't too greasy and wasn't overly sweet or salty. I give it an A.
Rice noodle rolls with shrimp had big pieces of shrimp but the noodles were a tad too soft, despite being fresh from the kitchen. B+
Chive and shrimp dumplings were fine but unremarkable. B
Gai lan with oyster sauce was good and a generous portion. The veggies tasted fresh. A-
I kept waiting for something interesting/super-appealing to come out on the carts, but nothing really did. Maybe there is more variety later in the day when it's more crowded? Overall, I thought this was pretty good dim sum, but certainly no better than what I can get in most other cities (recent ones include Boston, San Francisco, Daly City, Flushing, Manhattan). I guess I might have missed the mark on what makes SGV dim sum special, or perhaps I had too-high expectations.
Prices were reasonable, and certain things were totally fine, but I probably wouldn't recommend this place or ever make much effort to return.
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