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El Cerrito: L & L Chinese Seafood Restaurant - Dim Sum, congee and sliced pumpkin in plum sauce


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El Cerrito: L & L Chinese Seafood Restaurant - Dim Sum, congee and sliced pumpkin in plum sauce

rworange | Nov 9, 2009 09:50 AM

The sturgeon fillet congee was very good. The congee was the right consistancy, richly flavored and nicley topped with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and green onion. The delicate slices of sturgeion were very fresh and generous. A small dish of salted peanuts came with the congee.

Dim sum is served daily until 3pm. However if you ask they will make some items such as dumplings after hours.

The service is very nice but they have only been open two days and there were still a few very minor things to work out.

L & L takes over China House which was formerly Golden Dynasty. I never made it to either but I have to guess that other than the new good luck plants not much has changed decor-wise. There were two tanks of live fish.

The chef's sister oversees the servers, all woman. There's a sort of comfortable, relaxed homey atmosphere. She said her brother got his certification in China and worked at a restaurant there before coming to the US and workng at verious Bay Area restaurants for quite a few years. I'll leave it to Chowhounds to get the details.

She is very welcoming to people who are not Chinese. She spent a bit of time chatting with me and another woman discussing dishes on the menu. I said once crab season started I'd probably be back for the Dungeness crab with pumpkin sauce. She mentioned that crab could be prepared in other ways that weren't on the menu. She liked it done simply.

Per my recent lack of luck with pumpkin dishes ... they didn't have pumpkin yet.

I'll put a few of the other dishes in the first reply.

L & L Chinese Seafood Restaurant
10140 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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