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“dim sum”
Review of Sampan Cafe

Sampan Cafe
Ranked #602 of 767 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Okay, there are a whole lot of dim sum places out there, and a lot of them are around the Arlington Blvd, Falls Church area. This one happens to be in Alexandria, and although it may not offer duck tongue, it does have duck feet and many other "usual" dim sum dishes. My friend and I kept ordering things as the cart would come by, and the waitress is pretty nice and the manager/owner, Tony is also nice and friendly.
To add to the fact that the food is darn good, it's inexpensive too. Imagine that!

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Although this place has all the typical "American Chinese" food (and it describes it as such right on their website) they also have a "specials" board in Chinese only...it's definitely worth it to ask what's there. Also, this is a place that is worth walking around and seeing what other patrons are ordering. Some days, I almost feel there must be a substitute chef as the dishes taste different. Lobster and whole fish are good here...the big tables often seat big groups of Chinese speaking customers ordering from the "set" menus...definitely worth asking your server what the dishes are. Dim sum on the weekends is OK, but nothing extraordinary.

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

My family and I usually go to Fu Kee because honestly there was nothing good around... Then I heard of Sampan! Great place and perfect staff member!
I love the Pork Chow Fun with gravy mmmmm good...
The last reviewer might have a lot of good reviews, but come on this is a Chinese restaurant!
ANY ASIAN PEOPLE KNOW CHINESE = DIRTY! The best place to eat it hahaha!
I'm not saying they are not keeping up to safety inspection but if you have ever been to a chinese joint in NYC CHINATOWN your probably tabled with rats haha... China is also dirty as hell!
THE FOOD is solid and the servers are great...
I would recommend dim sum because the cart seems a little slow to go around!
Order the "special fried rice" it's like a seafood combo!
If you like Fu Kee in Seven's corner or Paul kee in Silver Spring MD this place is the bomb!

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1  Thank Chicken1985
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Ordered delivery from this restaurant over the weekend. Had been to there before and had delivery, food was always decent, but not spectacular.

Anyway . . . my husband found a finger nail in the stir fried noodles with curry. Absolutely disgusting. We are so grossed out that we could never set foot in this place again or order for delivery.

Just wanted to warn others . . .

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1  Thank Morgana777
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