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Authentic Dimsum

JC Dec 28, 2005 12:45 AM

Can anyone please recommend a good authentic dimsum place in Toronto? Thanks a lot and have a good day.

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    Josa RE: JC Jan 2, 2006 03:41 PM

    You said Toronto - do you mean downtown Toronto? Rol San on Spadina (north of Dundas, near the LCBO) is authentic, but crowded. There are much more and better options uptown, namely: Hwy. 7 and Bayvivew, Hwy. 7 and Kennedy, or Steeles and Kennedy.

    If it's a special occassion and willing to splurge - try Lai Wah Heen (Metropolitan Hotel near City Hall) or King's Garden (King and University) both downtown.

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      jmeeee RE: Josa Jun 20, 2007 06:28 PM

      I used to love Lai Wah Heen... the last time I went though, about 2 years ago, the food was so incredibly bad that I stopped going. I think the restaurant in Colonnade on Bloor Street (Dynasty I think it's called) is much better.

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        howdydoody RE: Josa Jun 21, 2007 01:58 PM

        Hi where is the most authentic Dimsum near Hwy 7 and Bayview?

      2. deelicious RE: JC Jun 20, 2007 06:44 PM

        Downtown, my money goes to Rol San and King's Garden. Excellent!

        1. skylineR33 RE: JC Jun 20, 2007 08:09 PM

          Downtown, my money still go to Lai Wah Heen. Period.

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            deelicious RE: skylineR33 Jun 20, 2007 08:12 PM

            And your money it will take...

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              skylineR33 RE: deelicious Jun 20, 2007 08:26 PM

              And only once a while I will go.

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                deelicious RE: skylineR33 Jun 20, 2007 08:37 PM

                Yes. So if dim sum is a once in a while experience...go big. But we eat it several times a month and enjoy Rol San for the incredible freshness, quality and value.

                And when I am treating a larger group I prefer King's Garden over Lai Wah Heen for my money!

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                  skylineR33 RE: deelicious Jun 20, 2007 08:43 PM

                  No. Dim sum is not a once in a while experience... but we eat it several times at Richmond Hill/Markham area.

                  And I never treat a larger group at LWH, it is too much money !

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                    Snarf RE: skylineR33 Jun 21, 2007 06:28 AM

                    Kowloon on Baldwin does interesting things with seafood.

                    Grand Yatt used to be fantastic, but haven't been in ages.

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                      Charles Yu RE: Snarf Jun 21, 2007 06:40 AM

                      Grand Yatt closed down months ago! Try Full House at corner of Hwy7 and Chalmers instead!

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                        chocabot RE: Charles Yu Sep 2, 2007 05:36 PM

                        Yes to Full House.
                        We had Full House today and it's the best dim sum I've had this year.
                        Better taste and creativity than Ambassador. Cheaper than Lai Wah Heen and though the vegetal flavours don't "pop" like at LWH, just as satisfying.

                        The good: marinated beef shank with jelly fish (marinade not too salty and meat sliced very thin), scallop and spinach dumpling (beautiful green and complimentary tastes), the honeydew custard cake (a steamed cake similar to million layer but better), sticky rice with meat in lotus leaf (smaller so better leaf flavour)

                        the good like anywhere else: bbq pork bun, shrimp and chive dumpling

                        the not worth it: the abalone and seafood dumpling (only ok but $5.60 for 3 pcs), the papaya and milk pie (interesting and pleasant but kinda greasy), shrimp in beancurd wrap in soup (meh)

                        for 2 it was about $50. They also have a lot of vegetarian options.

                        In Downtown, Dynasty at Colonnade can be good. Yiu Wah if you go early.

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                    Teep RE: deelicious Jun 21, 2007 07:25 AM

                    My Dad used to love Rolsan but has stopped going because it's so busy and he hates being stared at while eating by people who are waiting for tables. Also the waiter started clearing the table and presented him the bill before he finished eating.

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                      deelicious RE: Teep Jun 21, 2007 08:01 AM

                      Yes you definitely do not want to be seated at the front entrance - too many people coming and going, or just standing and waiting. But the room is large and the back room even larger - so it is very easy to avoid that uncomfortable location by refusing the table if offered.

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                        Teep RE: deelicious Jun 21, 2007 12:58 PM

                        My dad said it even happens in the back room, that's where they used to go exclusively. Once his mind is made up about something, there's no way to convince him otherwise ;-)

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                          deelicious RE: Teep Jun 21, 2007 10:50 PM

                          Well thankfully we have many other excellent choices in the GTA!

            2. syoung RE: JC Jun 24, 2007 03:49 PM

              The word "authentic" is interesting because Lai Wah Heen caters to Western customers more so than any other Chinese restaurants which thus makes it somewhat less authentic.

              In any case, no one has mentioned Casa Imperial at Steeles/Warden as another pretty good dim sum restaurant.

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                skylineR33 RE: syoung Jun 24, 2007 08:47 PM

                It has mentioned in numerous dim sum threads that Casa Imperial is one of the best dim sum in Toronto. It is just that we are kind of talking about LWH here. I do think LWH is authentic, it just that it is more higher end., you can find the same in some high-end HK dimsum place.

              2. eddy RE: JC Jun 24, 2007 09:02 PM

                Dragon Dynasty on Brimley in north end of the city, in Chartwell Plaza

                1. xtal RE: JC Sep 4, 2007 08:21 AM

                  Another downtown option is Kim Moon Bakery. They've historically specialized in baked buns and snacks, but serve a delicious (and cheap!) dim sum menu. They have a seating area at the back of their main floor, and the entire second floor. Naturally, certain items are better than others, but overall it's a great experience that won't put too much of a dent in the pocketbook.

                  Kim Moon Bakery
                  438 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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