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Dim Sum Recommendation

kthan | Apr 17, 2008 07:32 PM

I will visit LA tomorrow and try dim sum on Saturday lunch.
About 5 years ago, I visited one restaurant near Monterey Park (I guess it's Empress Pavilion or Ocean Star because we went somewhere near Monterey Park and went upstairs (2nd floor). They have a big, big space and people took the dishes from the carts. I was impressed by the variety of foods and the quality (you can image....I am from chicago...so not sure it's top quality in LA sense...But, they were much better than the dim sums I ate in Mott st, NYC).

I tried to revisit that restaurant (I assumed Empress Pavilion or Ocean Star), but found many bad/medicore reviews here and there. I guess they went down hill from my last visit or there were originally not top class dim sum restaurant (but, if then, I am wondering why people are so crowded in this big restaurant).

Can you comment on this and recommend great dim sum restaurant? My preferences are cart-based (not off the menu), variety of different foods (hopefully, excellent dumplings & fresh seafood), traditional or new style..(doesn't matter). Which restaurant truly gives the most pleasing dim sum experience can provide for me? How about NBC, Sea Harbor, Din Dai Fung (only dumpling? no variety?)...?

Since we have only one day to decide, I hope I can get your valuable advices soon.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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