Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant 黃金閣海鮮酒樓 in Monterey Park, CA

Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant 黃金閣海鮮酒樓 in Monterey Park, CA

One of the more popular places in the San Gabriel Valley for dim sum because of its pricing (it is one of the less expensive places for dim sum these days).  Most of the dim sum items are priced at $3.18 per item (specialty items such as Roast Pork Belly and Roast Duck cost $6.32 each), and these prices are good for weekends and holidays.  However, if you are able to have dim sum during the weekdays, then pricing is substantially lower at $2.78 per item, or $5.56 for the specialty items.

Dim sum is served in carts that weave through rows of tables throughout the restaurant.  If you come during the peak dim sum brunch hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm, then you will be able to order any dim sum listed on their dim sum menu.  During the rest of the time, the less traditional dim sum items such as the Deep Fried Green Tea Balls with Pumpkin and Pan Fried Fish Cake with Corn are not offered.

Two of the dishes that are a stand out for me are their Pan Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers made with shrimp pasted and a black bean sauce, and the Pan Fried Turnip Cake.  Both are delicious, and the Pan Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers are a rarity these days as not all dim sum palaces serve this dish anymore, and for some who do, they would use jalapeno peppers instead.  Jalapenos give the dish a slightly different flavor profile, and the spiciness of the jalapenos overpower the delicate flavor of the shrimp past.

Service here is attentive and responsive, and the quality of most dim sum is quite good.  Sometimes you may get items such as the Har Gow and the Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls overcooked, and the rice flour wrap becomes gummy and soggy.

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Dim Sum at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant 海港大酒樓 in Rosemead, CA

Dim Sum at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant 海港大酒樓 in Rosemead, CA

Sea Harbour was always considered as one of the best places to go for dim sum in the Greater Los Angeles area since it opened.  However, I did not like the dim sum I had during my last visit in December 2016.

Today, a long time friend wanted good dim sum, and I decided to Sea Harbour another chance, and this visit changed my mind again about them.  The dim sum was well prepared and tasted delicious.  A far cry from my last visit.

Only issues I was with the specialty dim sum dishes they offered (Shrimp Dumpling with Gold Leaf, and Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Bun with Gold Foil).  Though they tasted good, one may not be able to held and wonder if that’s enough to justify spending the extra money on dim sum.

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Korean Seafood BBQ at Get Bbul in K-Town

If you like Jae Bu Do, then you may like Get Bbul as well.  Get Bbul is Korean style barbequing/grilling of fresh seafood, and in some instances live.  End result is tasty morsels of shellfish that was seasoned from being cooked in their own juices over a charcoal fire.  

Here, they offer combination platters (Small feeds about 2 people; Medium, 2-3; and Large, 3-4), each filled with clams, shrimp, oysters, scallops, abalone, cuttlefish, baby octopi and giant sea snails.

Included with the combination platters are impressive ban chan dishes including a bowl of sliced lettuce topped with frozen a spicy seafood cocktail mix, which will easily thaw out while you’re grilling your seafood.  By the time some of that seafood is ready, so will this spicy seafood cocktail salad.  Other ban chan offerings include tempura shrimp & squid, pork belly, sliced raw vegetables with bean sauce, steamed egg, leek pancake, pork hock, cheese corn and, of course, kimchi.


Medium Combination Platter

Tempura with Shrimp, Squid and Onions

Pork Hock

Steamed Egg

Cheese Corn

Pork Belly

Leek Pancake

Spicy Seafood Cocktail Salad (unthawed)

Some Instant Noodles with Fish Cake

Spicy Baby Octopus

Servers will help grill, shell and then serve the oysters