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A New Entrant in the Dim Sum Palace Sweepstakes

Chandavkl | Dec 27, 200502:22 PM

Don't know how I missed this one, but a brand new dim sum palace has been open up for a month in Monterey Park. While neither the location nor the operator is new, Capital Seafood on the NE corner of Atlantic and Garvey in Monterey Park is definitely inspired by the wave of fancy new dim sum places. The site was most recently occupied by 828 Hong Kong Seafood, which strangely had recently hung out banners proclaiming their 10th anniversary when they bailed out. However, many of you might best remember this as the location of Champagne Chinese restaurant back in the 1980's (and by the way, does anybody know if they ever found the body of the lady who ran that place)? While Capital Seafood has a number of other locations, I think this is their first shot at a dim sum establishment. This branch of Capital Seafood is actually a cross between the Mission 261/New Concept type of establishment and the more traditional dim sum places. Dim sum is off a cart and largely consists of traditional favorites, with some different specialties. However, they clearly spent a lot of money turning the space into a classy looking eatery. Where 828 Hong Kong was so dimly lit you could barely see what you were eating (possibly so you couldn't see the worn rugs), Capital Seafood is bright and very tastefully decorated. The food is good, with the best scallop rice noodle rolls I've ever had (OK--I've only seen it at one or two other restaurants before), and the fish maw stuffed with shrimp paste was good and interesting. Since I was dining by myself I didn't get a chance to sample a wide variety, so I'll be interested to see any comments that other hounds may have.

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