Rosemead >Food & Dining > 888 Sea Food Restaurant
8450 Valley Blvd Ste 121, Rosemead, CA | Directions 9177034.079777 -118.084827
great place for chinise food – the best service and food
everybody is very friendly
god wine collection
going ther every friday, first week thy open
the foodqualty after14 years is stil the best, rubo
Just what you'd expect from a typical dim sum place – I"m chinese and raised on this. Every saturday/sunday morning or holiday - dimsum it is. Crazy carts passing you with the food you want, servers coming by with dishes you don't want. I like going there only cuz my mother-in-law knows the hostess so we get seated pretty fast. If not, be prepared to wait! 30-90 minutes depending on the size of your party, and the time you get there. Suggestion for ANY chinese restuarant ~ never ever use the cutlery until you've at least wiped it down, make sure your dishes are clean, and don't drink the water. It's tap and have you seen their sink...yech. Either way the food is good and if you get there early enough, very fresh. They have all my favorite dim sum dishes plus some. Parking is terrible but its all about getting there early enough. Don't bother showing up around 2pm cuz you'll just get the leftovers. The servers will ignore you sometimes, just make sure if you need something ask a few of them and one of them is bound to get you what you need. Usually the man in the suits are the managers and are typically much more helpful than the server and bussers, that's if you can get there attention. Anyway, food is delish - just have time and patience if you plan to go.
Best Dim Sum in all LA county...even over Express Pavilion – I was the only American in the whole restaurant, so that was a good sign. I like Express Pavilion in Chinatown a lot for its food and its also closer to my home, but 888 has way more variety. Everything was delicious. Service was minimal, which I like b/c Im here for the food, not the service. The wait is really long for Dim Sum on Sunday so come early and bring a book. This place is huge!--its fun to come here with out-of-towners or a big group. It can be a little intimidating at first-hailing down a cart-so if you feel more comfortable, go with people who have gone here before.
Note to haters: Different culture, different food, ergo, different language and customs and therefore different service. You cant expect than the in-your-face, do-as-you-please service thats at most American restaurants. As a server and servee, I personally like no-muss-no-fuss service such as at 888, but I think some people take that as bad service or rudeness. Just a note--be culturally aware of your surroundings. Its LA, dammn it.
Refused Service - NO FOOD!!! – I took my girlfriend to this restaurant for the first time because it was recommended to me by a friend. We arrived around 9pm. We got a number and waited about 15min to be called. When our number was called the hostess told us to wait because she was going to ckeck that the table was ready. She came back with the manager, and they were discussing something in Chinese. She then told us that we coulod not be served because there was NO MORE FOOD. I asked her what time they normally close, and she said at 9:30pm, but they ran out of food. The odd part was that right before our number was called (about 2 minutes) another party of about 10 people got called and was seated, and it seemed like there was another couple who was still waiting. We will NEVER GO TO THIS RESTAURANT AGAIN!
WORSE RESTAURANT EVER!!!! – It was a decent slow day...we only waited for 15 min. WE HAD TO FLAG EVERY CART DOWN FOR FOOD..and it wasn't even 1 or two times...but, it was like 5-8 times....WHEN IT CAME THEY TOLD US THERE WERE NO MORE FOOD. When they came out of the kitchen instead of going to our area, they went to other tables....it got so bad that some of the tables around us clapped when the cart came. We got so fed up that we complain, and I've never complained. But, nothing was done.....we just got up and left!!!! DON'T EVER GO TO THIS HORRIBLE PLACE.
The Dim Sum with the most variety of dishes! – This Hong Kong style seafood restaurant is fantastic. It not only the best variety of any dim sum place I have ever been (my girlfriend is from Sichuan, China, and even she couldn't identify everything), but the place has amazing service. Different from most dim sum places, not only are their an abundance of dim sum carts that travel around, but their are also the most helpful waiters I have ever seen. They will take you order for individual dim sums and bring them to you (ask for a dim sum menu), and they even refilled out ice water without us asking. This place has amazing service and is totally reasonably priced. I couldn't recommend it any more, it is spectacular!
Limited selection, Bad Service – I love dim sum and will travel far search high and low for the best. 888 is below average tasting food with an extremely limited selection and variety. The pork buns are dry, the pork shumai are bland, the soups have no taste.
The worst part about 888 is the service. When I go to dimsum, I somehow expect that I would not be able to communicate well with the servers. It's almost a given. But when I went, it was not a busy day but I HAD TO FLAG DOWN EVERY SINGLE CART in order to for me get anything.
Dimsum carts are the SLOWEST, MOST INEFFICIENT I have ever experienced. A great part of good dimsum is a fast moving cart system.
I will never ever go back to this place and will make an extra effort to tell people not to go there when we discuss dimsum.
Awesome dim sum! – This is my favorite dim sum restaurant in the area! The restaurant is humungous and there is a lot of space in between the tables for the carts to easily pass through, unlike other cramped dim sum eateries. Their selection is vast - everything I've tried, from the usual steamed pork buns to the fried taro cakes, is absolutely scrumptious! During busy brunch hours, parking is hard to find even though the lot is big. There can be a huge crowd outside waiting for a table also. However, I think the long wait is worth value and taste of the food.
A great addition to the usual. – My lovely cousin just got married and had her wedding banquet there recently and I must say that, the decorations and themes were indeed made for a wedding. The food was the usual seafood restaurant type, in terms of taste, I will rate this above average and recommended. The (wedding) course meal consist of many different vegetarian, meat and seafood dish including: steam red snapper with scallions , scallops with sea cucumber, fried taro along with breaded/fried sweet potato, my favorite was definitely the sauteed garlic onion pan-fried lobster and the list goes on. Of course, aside fom the weddings, they are also busy serving dim sums in the early mornings.
Hong Kong-style dim sum banquet hall delivers on taste, presentation and service. – In Short
Waiters suited up in dark green vests and bow ties push steam carts through massive aisles in the substantial main room and smaller ones in the tinier annex area. Buddha statues, large wall-mounted medallions and golden dragons add character. Authentic flavors and textures surpass those of typical downtown L.A. dim sum. While poultry and pork dishes circulate, the emphasis is on seafood. Shrimp har gow is jazzed up with leeks for a more complex flavor. Deep-fried taro root cake tempts with a crispy golden-brown exterior masking softness on the inside. Larger carts cook pan-fried rice noodles or fresh Chinese broccoli tableside. The shark fin soup is an intricate mix of fish broth, seafood dumpling and and small shavings of fin. For dessert, orange peels cradle Jell-O wedges, and balls of sesame paste in rice dough are just sweet enough.
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