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Finally tried Sea Harbour

Mr. Taster | Feb 1, 200512:04 PM

Finally tried Sea Harbour (in Rosemead, on Rosemead) and was not terribly impressed.... what went wrong? While a few of the dishes were tasty (like steamed turnip cubes (sort of like a dense tofu) in a delicious spicy sauce, served in an edible bowl-- as well as the steamed bamboo pith-- which taste surprisingly similar to sticky matzo balls!) But most of the plates I felt were too sweet (except for the deserts, which were not sweet at all). We ordered shrimp and shark fin dumplings, deep fried duck knees (yes, duck knees-- like orange chicken minus the sauce, with a cartilige chew and pop in the middle-- tasty but odd texture), steamed meatballs (sweet and huge, size was a little off putting, as was the flavor), and another shrimp dumpling which I do not remember the specifics of. For dessert we ordered the wolfberry pudding (beautiful, served with a little tropical umbrella, with three multi colored layers of gelatin, but lacking in almost all flavor despite the suspended wolfberries, whose name we were fascinated with) and the "coconut pudding with strawberry" which was, in fact, served with a maraschino cherry and not a strawberry. Interesting, mild coconut flavor, very thick texture.

Overall we were largely unimpressed-- so what went wrong? We went to Ocean Star a few weeks earlier and were far more impressed with the selections there (which tended more toward salty than sweet-- in my opinion a balance between the two is what matters)

Was it the location? The dishes we ordered?

Please advise, hounds!

Mr. Taster

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