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Sea Harbour report - excellent dim sum

Chowpatty | Dec 15, 200306:33 PM

Following up on the recent Sea Harbour posts, we tried the Rosemead location Sunday. I called and made reservations for five a week or so ahead. When we arrived, they seemed to think we were coming at 10, instead of noon, but they found us a table right away anyway, while dozens of people waited on the rainy front porch! Everyone was very impressed with the selection and variety of tastes. As Thi recommended, the spinach flavor bun was indeed savory, but my favorite dish was the tofu with scallop. It was light and delicate, like something from a fine French restaurant, in a flavorful soy-based sauce and topped with roe. We also enjoyed shrimp dumplings with chives, dumplings with pea shoots, tofu with spicy chicken sauce, something wrapped in tofu skin, and the best fried taro I've ever had, with a whole shrimp middle. Less successful were the small fried salt and pepper fish -- there was no salt and pepper taste and they were bland. Also not to our taste were the yam cakes, small triangles filled with bean paste. For dessert, we had taro/coconut jello and "wolf berry" jello -- a beautiful layered concoction with clear jello and small red berries suspended in the jello. It was about $70 for five of us, with tons of food. Next time, we want to try the fried banana for dessert and the shark's fin dumpling, but we were too full.

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