Oriental East in Silver Spring?
I've been told this place is pretty good for dim sum.
Before people start posting that the best dim sum is in SF or Vancouver, my question is how is the dim sum here as far as the Baltimore/DC area is concerned? Has anyone tried it and compared it to Chinese Garden (Rosslyn) or Greenfields (Rockville)?
I haven't been to any of these and I'm just curious how Oriental East is. Thanks for your help!
I haven't tried Oriental East, but I can say that Good Fortune in Wheaton (and the New Fortune in Gaithersburg - same folks) have good dim sum. There are also good dim sum places in No. VA (read down the list here - it has been discussed a few times).
BTW, I believe that Greenfields in Rockville is a Brazilian meat place, not dim sum. You may be thinking of A&J, which also has great dim sum, etc., but they don't serve from carts.
If you eat at Oriental East, please let us know how you like it!
I went there once at least three years ago, and I recall that at the time, I thought China Chef in the same area was marginally better. Three years, however, is a lifetime in dim sum restaurants, so I would appreciate an update if you decide to go.
As far as comparing Oriental East to other dim sum places in the area, I happen to think that they're all pretty much the same level--they all have a few dishes that they do well and do the rest of the dishes reasonably. If I had to pick one place to go, I'm a fan of China Garden's dim sum, but I think I'm in the minority on this one.
Oriental East has the best dim sum in the area, and then some. It's as good as Vancouver and the equal of some places even in Hong Kong. Join the line before it opens at 11:00 on weekends or you'll have to wait for hours, famishing, as fabulous dishes pass by you.