It's just down the street from the San Gabriel Mission Arcangel, which was built in 1771, and in the heart of San Gabriel's downtown. In fact, Mission 261's rancho adobe architecture is authentic, having been built more than a hundred years ago as San Gabriel's city hall.
Imagine how old this cactus must be.
The inside is very serene and elegant. No loud voices, no dim sum carts.
You get a picture menu with the various dim sum offerings and a check list so you can order by number. The prices are also listed, which thankfully takes out some of the mystery of those little stamps on my receipt that I usually get at other dim sum restaurants. A small is $1.98, medium is $3.55, and large is $4.25. Higher priced items and chef's specialties are also listed. Tea is $1 per person.
Char siu bao (Chinese barbecued pork buns) were tender, packed with meat. The bun was a little drier than I like it but still very good. I think this was $3.55.
Abalone mushroom dumplings were a gorgeous lime green hue.
Stuffed with lots of diced abalone mushrooms. The abalone mushroom, not to be confused with abalone, is a large mushroom that resembles and tastes like abalone. $3.55.
The har gow, my gauge of a good dim sum restaurant, were translucent and chewy. $3.55.
The chicken feet were really spectacular with a rich black bean sauce. $1.98.
Shrimp cheong fun (Chinese shrimp in rice noodle), with soy sauce on the side $4.25. This was very fresh, the noodles pliable and tender, the shrimp had a nice fresh crunch.
What do you think happened in the steamer to make the two rabbits on the right whisper about the rabbit on the left? The rabbit-shaped dumplings with a sweet custard paste are one of the house dim sum specialties. Cute eh? $3.55.
The pork spare ribs were really flavorful and tender with little chunks of taro as a pleasant surprise. The taro bits had soaked up all the juices and were so soft and yummy.
The total for all of the above with the 20 percent off discount was $20.48, before tax and tip.
I took photos with my new camera on another visit with much nicer photos.
Other dim sum restaurant posts:
Bon Marche Bistro/B Village Cuisine (Dim Sum) - Monterey Park
Capital Dim Sum & BBQ - Monterey Park
CBS Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Los Angeles (Chinatown)
Dim Sum Express - Monterey Park
Elite Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Monterey Park
Full House Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Arcadia
Lunasia Chinese Cuisine (Dim Sum) - Alhambra
NBC Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Monterey Park
Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Monterey Park
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant (Dim Sum) - Rosemead
Seaworld Seafood Restaurant BBQ & Dim Sum To Go - Rosemead