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“Amazing Dumplings!”
Review of Northern Cafe

Northern Cafe
Ranked #19 of 194 Restaurants in Cerritos
Cuisines: Chinese, Taiwanese
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Small place in a strip shopping center among several other Asian restaurants. Ordered the pan-fried cabbage and pork dumplings; there were 10 full-size dumplings with a lovely fresh ginger sauce for $7.95. It was an incredible deal but the dumplings were also scrumptious and I would happily eat them again anytime I'm in the Cerritos area.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Betty U
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

They get 5 stars. Well done. Reasonable prices, friendly service and really tasty food. The pan fried hand made while you wait dumplings are a special treat and use the sauces. We have the featured dumplings with egg and shrimp. Hot, tasty and not pasty, as you might expect. The rice noodle chicken is exceptional but could have had a bit more chicken. The shrimp fried rice was delicate and not lumpy. The shrimp were few but cooked perfectly to the right texture. The sautéed green been were crispy, hot and flavorful. But be advised they are a little garlicky.
Another great LA find. A place ne can eat a weekly.
Bob

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Went for a casual birthday meal, and the birthday boy's request was Chinese. Don't expect your run-of-the-mill Panda Express stir-fried dishes. They have a few of those, and the broccoli beef we ordered WAS good. But I'd suggest to go outside of your comfort zone and try the different items. When they say "Juicy" Pork Dumplings, it doesn't just mean, gosh, that pork is really moist and juicy. No, it means there's a delectable slurp of juice inside each dumpling. The dumplings are small enough that you can pop the whole thing in your mouth and not lose a drop. Be sure to put a little strip or 2 of the slivered ginger on top for an extra snap of flavor. Many dishes have the chili pepper icon, but we stayed away only because one in our party couldn't tolerate spice. Otherwise, we would have tried an even bigger variety. Seven dishes (with 2 drinks) came out to $63. Will definitely return to try other items.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank Janet R
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

My compliments to the chef! Though a small spot in a strip mall, the quality of the food was better than we expected. I recommend the beef roll! It had great flavor, the wrap was nicely thin and crispy without being too heavy on the oil (hard to find these days). And, while the restaurant was fairly busy, our food came out pretty fast. :) Looking forward to a next visit.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank Florence T
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had dinner here on a busy Friday night. We came because of a positive review in the local paper and were definitely not disappointed. In the past, we have driven to the San Gabriel Valley to get authentic northern Chinese food. The menu choices here are extensive, We had soup dumplings that were excellent - the wrapper was not too thick. The celery and pork dumplings were wonderful. The scallion pancake was a little greasy, but tasty. And the eggplant dish was wonderful! Our server was very helpful and attentive. We will certainly return - highly recommend it!

Date of visit: October 2016
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Thank Barbara F
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