Dim Sum in the 'burbs?
Folks, I am enlisting your help in finding a place that serves Dim Sum, somewhere outside of 128. I know that's asking quite a lot, but perhaps you may know of a place that I could take some Chinese Nationals to, that wouldn't be offensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
....and here I come with a reply that would have been helpful almost exactly 5 years ago....
Nonetheless, I will add (because I'm sure he wasn't the first, nor the last with this question in mind) that there is an excellent dim sum buffet Saturdays at the Lin Garden Restaurant at 511 Merrimack Ave Dracut, MA 978-458-8113
It's a serious dim sum buffet with a large selection.
It will please aficionados, tickle the curious, but scare the cautious.
It's not for the mall/neighborhood chinese customer, and that's a good thing.
P.S. They have excellent fish fried rice
I've been to Lin Garden twice. I onlywent because it was the closest place for dim sum (until recently). Its not that flavorful and if you get there late things arent fresh. China Pearl or any place in Chinatown is much better (more turnover, more fresh items), but for the location and if you dont want to drive all the way into the city, it will suffice. Good place for a newbie, but I wouldn't go out of my way to bring friends from Hong Kong there...
The China Pearl in Woburn has excellent Dim Sum. Caveat: Only weekends until 3:00. They have a useless anywhere-USA lunch buffet midweek.
The Dim Sum is every bit as good as their home restaurant in Chinatown though with somewhat less selection. Some of their dishes like their curried squid are as good as I've ever had. The staples of any Dim Sum place are all there and are fine. You can do much better on the west coast but this is as good as it's going to get for Hong Kong-style Dim Sum in metro Boston.
Unlike the mothership on Tyler Street in Chinatown, the Woburn location has reasonable decor and isn't a complete zoo atmosphere at noon on a weekend. You want to get there somewhat early since it's the only game for miles and it can have something of a line.
Depend what style of dim sum you want. It seems that Northeastern style restaurants have outgrown Cantonese style in the suburb.
If you prefer Northeastern style, I would recommend Uncle Cheung’s even the selection is kind of limited; if you want Cantonese style, then I have to say China Pearl in Woburn, not because I like it, just because there aren’t too many choices.
I'll second passing thru's recommendation for uncle cheung's. It's pretty good. They have homemade yao-tew (i'm probably not spelling it right), which is basically deep fried long stick of dough. My parents always get them during the meal and then get them for takeout!
There's also Oriental Pearl Chinese Restaurant, which isn't bad as well. They have all you can eat dim sum on the weekends I believe, call to make sure. We just ate there last weekend. It's in Framingham MA, around the exit 13 off the mass pike area, on water st.
Oriental Pearl Chinese Restaurant
62 Water St
re: Ali G
The 1st time we went to Yangtzee we thought it was decent but the last few times it hasnt been that great.
I think Green Tea or Uncle Cheungs are definately better. I have them on my blog as well.
Personally if I was going to China, I wouldnt want them to drag me to their poor rendition of an American Steak House, so perhaps you might reconsidor taking these guys to DimSum, especially in the suburbs and take them someplace that is unique to the usa and not available in china? Just a thought.
i've only been there once, but uncle cheung's on rt 9 in framingham (at the tropic isle plaza) was fine the time i tried it. nothing spectacular, but solid enough. the pork buns were pretty tasty. it isn't cart style, you order off the menu.
dim sum times has some pix and the menu: