PLEASE be mindful of Pleasure Palate's Attendance and 3-Strikes Policies regarding RSVPs, last minute cancellations and "No-Shows."
We will be dining "Family Style."The food bill will be split evenly amongst all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about.
If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you. If there is enough people on the Wait List, I may open this event up to a table.
I have some discussions with my foodie friends about the Asian food scene in East San Gabriel Valley, along the 60 Freeway corridor. There are an abundance of Chinese restaurants dotted along both Gage Avenue and Colima Road that run parallel to the north and south, respectively of the 60 Freeway starting from Hacienda Heights, all the way to Diamond Bar. I have only dined out in this area a handful of times, and the quality of the food served in many of the restaurants here are just as good as those in the West San Gabriel Valley.
2 restaurants have received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times' food critics for their dim sum -- Hong Kong Palace Restaurant in 2004, and Happy Harbor Seafood Restaurant in 2008. Since I already tried Hong Kong Palace and have yet to try Happy Harbor, I've decided to host dim sum here first.
Dim sum here is ordered off a menu sheet rather push carts, and the prices are comparable to those at Sea Harbour Restaruant in Rosemead. I will confirm the pricing, but expect dim sum to run from about $2.88 for the basic dim sum to $6.00 for the special dim sum. The cost per person would then be about $20 to $25, depending on how much food we order, $1 tea charge per person, any additional beverages, plus tax and gratuity. As such, I would recommend that you bring at least $30 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.
Yelp Reviewers give Happy Harbor an average of 3.5 Stars out of 5, from 275 reviews, with a majority of the reviews giving 4 stars. You can read those reviews here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-harbor-restaurant-rowland-heights
I have reserved a couple of tables for our party at Noon. However, I would still suggest that you arrive a little early to search for parking. If possible, you may want to arrange for a carpool. We will meet in the lobby of the restaurant at 11:45am.