went there today for lunch. Jan 22, 2011
Had been there 20 years ago, to eat but was not sure what to expect considering the mixed reviews here.
When we ate there today the place was really busy! But that didnt stop the waitress from helping us select dim sum for our lunch AND to recommend some we might enjoy for next time.
All the servers were very helpful, and the dim sum was taken around to tables, fresh and hot.
My spouse and I love variety, so we each ordered a lunch special, plus a spring roll plate with wonton soup, and a few dim sum items. The bad news: the decor is a little dated, ( but its cute, in a kitchy kinda way) but I was concerned for the Koi in the large tank at the entrance, as the water was brown, you could hardly see through it. They do need to hire someone to come in and sort that out, to restore it to some type of beautiful water feature, not to mention the health of the fish.
The good news;
really really good food!!!! Served piping hot! The vegetables were crisp and very fresh, the shao mai ( pork and shrimp dumpling) was awesome, the transparent shrimp dumpling was fab, the wonton soup very good, sesame balls for dessert were delicious!!! the spring rolls were good, but the deep fried prawn was a little too greasy for my spouse. The noodles I got seemed a bit dry, but not that bad. I could've mixed my veggies and sauce into it..
The shrimp in the dumplings was So tender, fresh and cooked perfectly. ( I am a self-proclaimed foodie, and am very picky about seafood)
Value is great- lunch specials were 5.95 for a really good size plate, and of course, free water and green tea in a large pot left at your table so you can refresh your own cups. Loved that. Dim sum items were 2.95.
we ended up eating till we were stuffed, and taking half of what we ordered home.
I would definately go there again and be sure to try the sesame balls for dessert! YUM!