I will review the original Lunasia in Alhambra with higher ratings for two reasons: Pasadena Lunasia charges slightly higher per order and there is no free public parking. Both Alhambra and Pasadena have the same menu and taste similarly good. We arrived about 11:30 am and was the second table on a Tuesday. We were able to find a meter but the max is only 1 hour; there are additional parking at the back small, tight parking lot and they charge more than the meter. I love their Special Menu that is unique to the Pasadena Lunasia and ordered the Crystal Napa Rolls: they taste good and how it should be. Also, we only ordered the "pork chopped with rice noodles" and their baked BBQ pork buns (we were pretty full before we arrived) and those taste similar to the Alhambra Lunasia though they have different chefs at different locations. It looks like many who work at nearby offices are their clients and many came in groups in office attire: a slightly different feel than the Alhambra location. I even like the plates/dishes at the Alhambra location better. As time got near to noon, the entire restaurant was filled. But I love the Pasadena location for they are the only Southern California dim sum restaurant serving dim sum at dinner (and I will for sure come back to have dim sum at night)! Alhambra location serves the regular Cantonese seafood dinner menu after 5:30pm. On the whole, Alhambra Lunasia is my preferred location but when I crave for dim sum in the evening, I will go straight to the Pasadena Lunasia. Took a little longer to get the bill around 12:30pm when they were full house.
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