Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta

posted on January 15, 2006 at 12:59 pm

I tried Happy Valley about 5 years ago and it was just awful. I swore I would never go back. However, I guess I just ate my words. We decided to go today because we are constantly searching for variety in our dim-sum routine. I am so glad we did. There were only two us so we didn’t get to try as much as I would have liked. But, everything was great. All of our items were steaming hot and fresh. They had an amazing array of dim-sum items on the carts and also brought around many dishes (clams, veggies, noodles, etc.) on trays. We ordered the Salt and Pepper squid, sticky rice in lotus leaf, siu mai, shark fin dumplings, Cantonese noodles, and chicken feet. All of the items were delicious. The squid was tender and crispy. I couldn’t stop eating the fried jalapenos that came with the dish. The chicken feet were very meaty and the sauce was good. The noodles (I have a weakness for these) were not too oily and perfectly seasoned. The desserts looked especially good but we were too full to continue. The service was exceptional and we found ourselves bombarded with numerous servers who were all very gracious and fluent in English (something you don’t always find at some dim-sum places). The owner was wonderful and anxious to tell us how she got into the business. We asked if she ever had curry squid on the menu and she said she’d be adding it soon and took our number to call us when it would be back on the menu. You can’t ask for better service than that! I will definitely be returning soon and suggest you pay a visit as well.

Address: 4166 Buford Highway Northeast #1051
Phone: (404) 633-9383
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum

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  • Re: Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta
    posted by: Joel Silverman · January 15, 2006  1:44 PM

    It is funny how the dim sum palaces ebb and flow in yumminess. Five years ago one of my Chinese friends would swear that the best food was at Happy Valley, but a year later it was Oriental Pearl, and then after a while the best seemed to be Canton House, and then China Delight, and now Happy Valley is good again. My (unresearched) theory there are only one or two great Hong Kong chefs in Atlanta who play musical chairs among the restaurants.

  • Re: Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta
    posted by: Ash · October 31, 2007  1:08 PM

    I know that many of the dim sum places in ATL use machines to make the dim sum, others use frozen product. Happy Valley doesn’t–it is all fresh and handmade. The machine stuff IS prettier but can’t compare to the handmade.

  • Re: Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta
    posted by: Anonymous · December 25, 2008  7:07 PM

    Word to the wise, always confirm the address. They are no longer at their location off Cheshire. They are off Jimmy Carter now and we found out the hard way on Xmas.


  • Re: Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta
    posted by: Sammy Pants · May 15, 2009  9:39 AM

    Hi BG,
    As a follower of your blog, I understand that you are always seeking the most delicious meal. And choosing what foods we eat is deeply personal. here are a number of delicacies out there that may be objectionable to some, but I am not here to stand on a soapbox – only to address one issue: shark fin.
    The shark fin industry is a problematic one. Sharks are caught, their fin harvested, and then their carcasses thrown back to sea, as the rest of the shark is considered useless and of much lower value than the single fin. Because of the large demand in Asia, shark populations are currently in drastic decline and control measures are loosely (if at all) enforced. Unfortunately, shark fin may be an example of a product that is not worth the real cost – a gruesome dismemberment and painful deaths leading to the decimation of a species.
    I read your blog often, and usually would not feel the need to comment on your choices, as we are all entitled to our individual preferences. However, informed choices are better than ingnorant ones. I merely wanted to take the opportunity to share some information with you and possibly your readers.
    CNN did a great report in 2008 summing up the issue:

  • Re: Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant: Atlanta
    posted by: Happy Valley Restaurant · February 9, 2010  10:15 PM

    Our New address:
    5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite C,
    Norcross, GA 30093

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