Formerly known as Seafood Harbour Restaurant. This palace of a fancy Chinese restaurant was part of a chain of 28 restaurants started in China where they still currently have one at Rosemead. It recently got bought out and renamed to Happy Harbor.
Located in a hell hole of plaza where parking is a total bit*h. Right in front of the restaurant is a sign that proclaimed to be the best dim sum place in LA (no doubt benefited from the reviews by the LA Times as one of the top 7 dim sum place in LA). They employed ten chefs to be working exclusively for this restaurant.
When you walk in, there is a waiting area with alot of chairs. Little did I know every chair will be used as the wait for your number to be call will be a long time before you get seated to a table.
There are no push cart ladies to push the carts around for the items of food. Instead you will be handed a menu with a slip form to fill in your order:
I sort like that concept because it would meant the food will come in hot and fresh. Alas, it also meant less employment opportunities out there.
First thing first, I had a decision to make on what type of tea I can order. There's five types of tea: Chrysanchernum, Shou Mei, Jasmine, Pu-Erh, or Ti Kuen Tin. It will cost $1.00 per person. Yep, you guess it ... I took the safer bet and order the Jasmine tea.
The pricing of the items are a little more than I expected. The afternoon dim sum prices of smaller items are $1.98, then it jumps up all the way $3.28 for the normal items, $3.98 for the larger quantities, $5.75 for the Special Order dishes, and the ever popular choice "no way am I ordering those type of dishes" for $6.75. Look over the price and the menu in here:
I decided to make the decision to forgo the shu mei because it would have cost me $3.28 each where in my local dim sum joints cost less than half of that price. If I am going to come here, I might as well order only the ones I cannot get or the specialty dishes.
First off I started off with :
Then I order the specialty dishes of :
Let me start off by saying that specialty dumplings were excellent. All Three of those different dumplings were taste great and my favorite ones were the shanghai dumpling. They also offered discounted price for the Shanghai dumpling of six for $6.
You can checked out what other items my party have ordered at the photo albums.
It's definitely one of the better dim sum place I have encountered in awhile. There will be a long wait. Some might say it would rivaled Din Tai Fung as the worst wait in weekend afternoons.
I noticed that the place also offered wines in the wine list. Definitely would be a consideration for a fancy banquet location. The only downside I can see is that they will not hold as big as some other Bigger Chinese restaurants like NBC or Ocean Star.
My only suggestion is that to come early as in 11am or earlier (they opened at 9:30am on Saturday) and be prepared to be amazed.
Happy Harbor Restaurant
Rowland Heights, CA 91748