Chef Tony He is bringing his modern dim sum concept, Chef Tony to the heart of Old Pasadena. This opening will be Chef Tony’s inaugural U.S. location with three Chef Tony restaurants located in Canada.

Heralded as one of Vancouver’s best elevated Chinese and dim sum restaurants, Chef Tony is now soft open on Colorado Blvd. Chef Tony aims to elevate traditional dim sum, the dishes are a reflection of Guangdong Cantonese cuisine layered with refined touches and high quality ingredients. Guests won’t find rolling carts here, instead all dishes are made-to-order and include ingredients such as freshly shaved black truffles and gold leaf touches.

“The goal of our first U.S. location is to create a memorable dining experience, serving dim sum to a new generation of diners,” says Chef He. “Guests are welcome to sit at the bar solo, order a cocktail and try our house special dim sum platter or celebrate with a group of 30 in our private dining room.”

No stranger to the Los Angeles dining scene, Chef He opened the beloved Sea Harbour Seafood located in Rosemead, California, in 2002. Familiar patrons will recognize some noticeable signature dishes, however Chef Tony’s Pasadena menu and atmosphere will be distinct.

Signature dishes include:

  • Chinese Broccoli with Black Truffle Sauce
  • Shrimp Dumplings with Gold Leaf
  • Steamed Lava Salty Egg York Bun
  • Coconut Pudding (shaped like rabbits) 

The menu will also include dishes unique to the Pasadena location, these include:

  • House Special Lobster Salad
  • Deep Fried Crispy King Prawn
  • BBQ Pork with Chives Pastry
  • Stewed Chicken Soup with Matsutake Mushrooms

A full-bar is highlighted within the space featuring Chinese spirits such as baijiu with brands like Wuliangye and Chu Yeh Ching Chieu, Tsingtao beer and a selection of wines.

Located in the historic Bear Building built in 1929, the 1,260 sq. ft. restaurant allows the historic art deco walls to shine, with red accented booths and the opulent chandeliers remain in the main dining room. The bar section seats 6 at the bar and 10 seats at the counter. Guests looking to host private events can reserve the private dining room downstairs for parties up to 30 guests.

The grand opening celebration will be Saturday March 14. For the grand opening the first 300 guests will receive two free dim sum dishes, after that, all guests will receive one free dim sum dish when dining in on March 14. (This promotion will only apply to guests dining-in and does not include tax or gratuity.)

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