Monday, November 17, 2008


On Saturday, we spent much of the day indoors packing away. The air was so awful that we didn't let Louie or ourselves out for most of the day. We now live in a fort of boxes. 

For dinner, K wanted to dine at a - shocker -  Hong Kong style cafe and he decided to try Harbor Kitchen. Harbor Kitchen recently replaced Regent Cafe on the corner on Garfield and Valley in Alhambra. Regent Cafe was one of our go-to places, but according to the manager, had to close because of rising rent and operations costs. 

As it turns out, Harbor Kitchen is not a HK cafe! Evidence: there is no chicken steak or pork chop rice on the menu. Rice does not come with your dish. Spaghetti is not an option. Soups are not automatically served upon ordering. It's deceptive because the menus look exactly the same like those at cafes as well as the sponsored place mats.

You'll notice that the advertisements in the menus, prevalent in all cafes with updated menus, are similar to those at the Cheesecake Factory. 

And it's very uncomfortable drinking cold water out of a stainless steel cup.

Harbor Kitchen is a happy medium between cafes and traditional Chinese restaurants because it serves the traditional food but in smaller portions and with the coveted iced lemon tea. (The iced lemon tea isn't listed on the menu but they'll gladly make you one if you ask for it.) We ordered the broccoli beef and the clams with green onions and scallions. 

The broccoli beef was too salty  for my taste and the clams was decent. Didn't taste like anything spectacular but coupled with the above-par quality of service, it was good enough for two people exhausted from packing and smoke.


Winnie said...

I love hk style cafes! I'm sorry to hear that this one was no good though.

WeezerMonkey said...

I am laughing at the title of this post.

lili11 said...

I love Chinese food. The Peking style. So tasty eaten with white rice.

amber said...

false advertising!

The Modern Type said...

drinking ice cold water out of a stainless steel cup is a deal breaker for me.

wan-nabe said...

my teeth are aching at the very thought of that cup.