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“The only Dim Sum for dinner in Southern California”
Review of Lunasia

Ranked #39 of 748 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

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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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We have wanted to try Lunasia for a long time and it seemed unorthodox for us to eat dim sum for dinner but we were so happy that we did. Almost everything we ordered was so delicious. These are not your average dim sum portion sizes hence the higher prices but we think it was worth it. The har gow and sui mai were easily double the size of typical dim sum restaurants. The noodle dishes were very large portions as well. Even though we all had a share, it looked like we barely touched it. Our favorite dishes were the har gow, sui mai, e-fu noodles, veggie bean curd wrap, pan fried turnip cakes, baked bbq pork buns, and fried tofu with abalone sauce which is almost everything we ordered. We also ordered salt and pepper calamari and rice noodle with bbq pork which were both good but not our top. Our only negative was the hainan chicken. It was not the typical dish with the ginger and onion sauce. It was covered with a clear liquid sauce that had a medicinal flavor. It was bad but it definitely wasn't what we expected. All in all, way too much food for our family of 4 which includes with teenagers. The service was very attentive without being overbearing and our food came our very quickly. We would definitely come back.

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Thank spunkymom2
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We went for dinner on a Monday night and were seated in their upstairs area. Service was efficient, and friendly.

The food was brought out very quickly - but not excessively so. Everything was cooked to order and piping hot.

The Sui Mai, baked pork buns and pan fried noodles with soy sauce were excellent !

The beer was served frosty cold !

The orange chicken was too sweet and tasted like sherbet. The only other thing that would have made the meal better would be chili paste (they had chili oil, but not chili paste).

We'd definitely go back if we were in the area.

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Thank Double64Double
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

This restaurant has some of the best Chinese dim sum I've ever had! We tried a few different options, and then moved onto the Scallop Fried Rice, and the Peking Duck, which were both excellent! The wait staff was minimally attentive, but the food came out quickly. Portions are fair to generous, so better in a big group. The wine corkage is only $12/bottle, which is very reasonable and unheard of. They don't accept reservations, but the restaurant is fairly large, and we did not have to wait. It is located right across from the Pasadena Convention and Shopping Center.

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Thank winenutt
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We go 2 times a month and enjoy it every time, the people that work there are super nice , even for picky people LOL , keep up the good work

Thank samewame
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