Small chain of restaurants with 2 locations in Irvine, and one location in Arcadia that provides a higher end style of dining. Though this location has been here for years, today’s brunch was the very first here at Capital Seafood. Prices here are moderate, especially when compared to the other dim sum palaces, with prices starting at $3.98 per plate and up.
At the Irvine Spectrum location, I discovered their delicious shrimp egg rolls which were deep fried to a golden brown and absolutely crunchy and delicious. Here, it was almost the same, except that their shrimp egg rolls are now prepared in Taiwanese style: long, thin cigar like egg rolls filled with only pieces of shrimp, with the ends twisted closed and deep fried. They are then cut in half before being served with a sweet brown sauce. That and the mixed mushroom egg rolls were delicious.
Other stand outs were the Baked Pineapple Bun filled with salted egg yolk custard, Hong Kong style egg custard tarts, and Shrimp Dumplings in Supreme Broth.
The only item that I found disappointing was the Rice Noodle Wraps/Crepes filled with ground beef. The beef was minced and then marinated with too much corn starch that the filling did not taste like beef at all, and the texture was somewhat off putting, like a paste.
While they’re trying to provide you with a higher end dining experience, it can be difficult to flag down a wait person to take your order sheet, or to assist you with any other needs you have.
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