Upon a recommendation of a trusted colleague who is somewhat of a matriarchal expert of all things dim-sum, I gave this place a try on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Following the advice of fellow Dinehere reviewers, I arrived shortly after 2 pm, and was seated right away.
First impression was that the hostess was friendly and that the restaurant was clean and pleasant, warmed by the brown wood accents of the chairs and cabinets. Upon walking by a table, I noticed the absolute enormity that was the Pan fried eggplant with shrimp puree - I swore it looked more like an entree! 4 pieces of stuffed eggplant for the reasonable price of $3.85.
My shrimp dumplings were huge, and contained a nicely sized chunk of whole shrimp inside, lovely! The steamed beef rice roll was equally generous in portion and quite tasty, lots of tender beef barely contained by the thin rice roll, yum! And finally I was pleasantly surprised by the Steamed "Mini" Sticky Rice with Dried Scallops - they weren't, as you can probably correctly predict the Happy Valley trend here - anything but mini, but 3 huge rice wraps! It was a lighter version of the sticky rice, with less fatty pork and more dried shrimp, shitake mushrooms and dried scallops, fantastic!
Although the prices are heftier than say the early bird $2.50 special at Neptune, the quality, ambiance, quantity and variety of food you receive at Happy Valley is well worth it.
Most tables got take-out boxes for the left overs!
I asked the waitress for an extra copy of the check-off dim sum list, I'll have to study an drool over it at home. This place is worth driving Mom and Dad out for a weekend outing, and even for a special-occasion dinner ($48 dinner for four, with soup, crab, 3 dishes (taro hot pot, vegetable and some kind of fish fillet, and some kind of pork chop and dessert); $99 dinner for 6 which includes lobster . . . )