I expected more from this place for Dim Sum. This place is just ok. Not even better than going to Little Saigon. And, parking sucks as well.
I have been here and to the Spectrum for dinner, and always thought they were pricey but at least tasty. Portions small, but what do you expect for upscale, cater to the Americans, chinese restaurant? So my expecations were about the same for lunch.
It was a Friday and I wanted dim sum for lunch, so my girlfriend and I came here early at 11:30 to beat the crowd. We were seated immediately and had an excellent table facing the main dining room, but in the pathway of the food carts and ladies carrying the trays.
We were bombared with the crappy fried food, which we had to tell them to go away. They were pushy girls!! I think they get bonus points if they can sell all the food in their trays... like commission or something.
We finally get the steamed food, and we order the shrimp dumplings (ha gow), the chicken feet, spare ribs, shrimp/ scallop dumplings, and got suckered into getting the stuffed mushrooms with shrimp balls.
We had a table full of food and the ladies kept on coming, trying to add more food to the table. We picked up a shrimp noodle roll (ha churn fun) and seaweed salad (which looks like they picked it up at 99 Ranch), and told the rest of the people to scram.
Visurally, the shrimp dumplings are big, and for the most part full of shrimp, but I don't know what they put in it, but the inside was watery. Maybe its due to the steaming? Or maybe its water they didn't drain when they washed the shrimp? I bit into the ha gow and the shrimp ball was soggy and water drained from my dumpling skin. Not juice. Murky water. Can we say.. ew?
The shrimp noodle roll had at least 1 shrimp per cut noodle roll but there was no flavor. One of my bites was even sour. Not impressed with the quantity or quality.
The spare rib was tasty, but didn't have a lot of black bean, and mostly bone. The chicken feet was heavily coated in corn starch, and didn't have enough spice.
The shrimp / scallop dumpling should have been called shrimp dumpling with 1 tiny dime size scallop.
For dessert we had the fruit tart. There was 4 types of fruit: canned oranges, canned lychee, 1/4 strawberry, and 1 blueberry over a dollop of custard inside a soft chocolate square crust. The crust was nasty. We just ate the fruit and custard, and dumped the chocolate crust.
The meal was just ok, but the price was not cheap. I think we got 6 items, and the bill came to $41 for 2 people. I've been to other dim sum places where $41 could feed a family of 4. Even their lunch special menu was over priced and disappointing.
Next time I have a dim sum craving, I have to remind myself to wait until Din Tai Fung opens up at South Coast Plaza. Someone.. please open up a GOOD Dim Sum place in the OC. You'd make a killing!
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