Dim Sum is served at lunch daily between 11am and 2pm. The staff circulates with carts in a parade of ever changing options. There's a pretty large variety of offerings. If you don't see what you want, definitely ask. If they've got it, they'll bring it out to you.
The push cart staff is mostly native chinese speaking and some have heavy accents, so if you're not familiar with the options they may be a little difficult to understand.
Dim sum dishes are reasonably priced. Two people can eat a good variety of dim sum for less than $25 for lunch.
You can also order standard chinese dishes off a menu. There are lunch combination plates and shareable dishes.
The business crowd hits Ming's for lunch during the week and large family groups hit it for brunch/lunch on the weekend.
Ming's does a LOT of private parties and events in their back rooms (weddings, corporate lunches, etc.). But, no matter how crowded the restaurant gets, the service is consistent: not overly attentive, not neglectful. If you're having dim sum, you'll have to flag down a waiter to get him to tally your bill.
Dinner is strictly off the menu, no dim sum. The food is competently prepared but not extraordinary.
If you want dim sum in the Palo Alto area, this is the place to go. If you're in the mood for non-dim sum chinese food, there are more interesting choices (try Tai Pai or Mandarin Gourmet in the nearby University Avenue area).
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