Location: 500 N. Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 200, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 1:00am
Telephone Number: 1-626-872-0388
Official Website: www.atlantic-seafood.net
Facebook: Atlantic Dim Sum and Seafood
ATLANTIC SEAFOOD & DIMSUM Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles. It’s easy to stereotype the City of Angels whose identity is masked by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, with Denny’s mainstream burgers and fries. The mind easily projects the image of IHOP’s pancakes, bacon and eggs, and the Oriental Chicken Salad of Applebee’s. Little does one think of the widely accepted Mexican cuisine that traces back to the city’s history, or the Korean immigrants who built Koreatown. That was nearly a decade ago.
Come visit Los Angeles and the city shall surprise you. Gone are the days when American cuisine reigns and Dimsum restaurants backed by mainland Chinese communities beckon the tourists to enjoin them. Walk past Cold Stone Creamery, IHOP and Applebee’s and you will be surprised at its nearly desolated parking space. Brush along Monterey Park and parking becomes scarce.
Atlantic Seafood and Dimsum Restaurant at Monterey Park is the epitome of the success of dimsum restaurants in Los Angeles. Parking is hard to secure at Atlantic Time Square and as soon as you find one, walking along the empty facade of Atlantic Time Square with little shoppers makes you wonder where people have gone. And you’ll figure out, everyone else is running towards the direction of this relatively new dimsum restaurant. Before you know it, you’re given the number stub. #59. 58 customers to go.
The dimsum is above average and the selection makes one crave for dimsum at any time of the day. Priced at $1.88 per dimsum on weekends, the restaurant is a gem to the recession-stricken city.
Chinese servers waltz around pushing traditional dimsum carts for you to order. Beancurd roll, Steamed Beef Tendon, Steamed Pork Shu Mai, Chicken Feet… I could go on and on about Atlantic’s dimsum choices. There’s too much action in every dimsum, but everything else tastes incredible.
Pan-Fried Turnip Cake
And then there’s the Turnip Cake trolley. One won’t be able to resist these pan fried juicy raddish cakes.
Steamed Melon with Pork
No one should miss the Steamed Melon with Pork. One might mistake it for raddish, but it’s actually melon.
Deep Fried Green Tea Ball with Pumpkin
Another standout fried dimsum is this Deep Fried Green Tea Ball with Pumpkin paste. That crunch blends well with Pumpkin. Forget about red bean paste!
Beef Tripe with Green Onion
But perhaps the highlight of my dimsum experience at Atlantic Seafood and Dimsum restaurant is this beef tripe with green onion bowl. Whoever made such dish should be knighted. Three thumbs up if you grew an extra hand ~ you shouldn’t miss this when at Atlantic Dimsum.
Coconut Pudding with Red Beans
There’s incredible delight to this dessert to cap your dimsum meal at Atlantic Seafood. Red Beans mashed between two blocks of coconut pudding (often mistaken for almond pudding) creates a balance between near sweetness and blandness of how dimsum restaurants usually do their desserts. You won’t find anything too sweet. I highly suggest you put the Mango pudding and Osmanthus pudding to rest. This dessert is phenomenal.
Best to arrive early at Atlantic Seafood and Dimsum restaurant and ask for more chili sauce and mustard mix to dip your turnip cake. Atmosphere is quite noisy as with any Chinese restaurants and service might ruin the whole experience, but don’t let that put you down. Don’t miss out the dimsum items I mentioned, and you’ll surely have an incredible dimsum feast.
Candid Cuisine Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.8 / 5)|