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Dim Sum for dinner in downtown Toronto or Chinatown East

I've gone through all the recent threads on dim sum, but want you to weigh in on the best place for dim sum in the evening (around 5:30 pm) for a family dinner this Friday. Yes, we look for authentic Chinese and are happy to eat "wierd" stuff. I was considering either Forestview or Bright Pearl (my great-aunt's favourite), but was wondering if any other place in Chinatown should be considered. We are also open to going to Gerrard Street (Chinatown East) if something there is better, e.g. Soon Foon Tai or Super Grand?

Please include details of dishes you have tried and WHY the restaurant is the best. (My great-aunt asked for dim sum because she is visiting from Pennsylvania and looks forward to eating Chinese in Toronto since she's Chinese-American and can't get anything good where she lives!) Remember, they have to serve dim sum at dinner even if it is just from a menu.

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  1. You might want to phone both those places to see if they will do dim sum at the time you need.

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    1. re: koknia

      I had already phoned Bright Pearl to check since they serve "all day" dim sum -- it means no carts after 3:30 but can order from the dim sum menu all night.

    2. Q Dim Sum Palace on King and Peter serves it all day too (that's all they serve), a good selection. I don't think Gerrard St. offers better dim sum than Spadina, only cheaper.

      If you want more upscale you can check with Dynasty at Bloor and University.

      1. I was really disappointed with the siu mai & har gow that I ordered at dinner time at Bright Pearl. The siu mai were tough and greasy.

        Haven't tried Forestview yet, but am hoping to try it out sometime soon.

        1. I'm not a fan of Bright Pearl. I find them too oily for my liking.

          If I must have dim sum in Chinatown (Spadina & Dundas), I'll go to Rol San. The quality is decent but the service can be surly and rude depending on how busy and stressed they are. Usually I ignore them but there are some times I just yell back. Being asian allows me to get away with this ;-)

          I prefer King's Garden for dim sum in the evening. The quality is good and the service charming. They're located on King across the street from Roy Thomson Hall. Here's a link to their website:


          1. Actually I agree with the Dynasty suggestion, as it is nicely upscale and almost always very good quality. Of course you pay for it, but if your aunt only visits occasionally I would say its worth it.

            One note of caution, no matter where you choose I would avoid anywhere with cart service for dinner, simply because my experiences with off-peak cart service dim sum has been less than positive: you never how many times the cart has gone around...

            1. King's Garden (on King St. West, right across from Roy Thompson Hall) serves dim sum in the evening. Deeelish.

              EDIT: Oops. Just noticed that fickle had the same reply. My bad.

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              1. asian legend is delicious - at dundas and mccaul - its clean, but authentic and has branches all over toronto.
                the dim sum menu is not very extensive but dishes are clean, fresh and taste delicious.
                another choice would be cha liu on yonge, just north of eglington. this is dim sum for white people but its still delicious and clean. warning - small portions, high prices and though its pretty inside the neighbourhood ambiance is definitely not chinatown.

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                1. re: wikidout

                  Thanks, wikidout, but I'm not a fan of Asian Legend and found their non-dim sum dishes really disappointing (I couldn't eat most of it and gave away my leftovers to a hungry person on the street). I've never heard of Cha Liu so thanks for the tip.

                  And thanks to everyone for your suggestions especially King's Garden; however, as often happens in life, we ended up at King's Noodle on Spadina for some fantastic though slightly greasy non-dim sum items such as chinese sausage fried rice (my family loved it so much, they ordered a second plate of it); kai-lan with garlic (chinese broccoli); surprisingly terrific won ton soup (with lovely, huge shrimp dumplings); pork and bok choy on crispy noodles; whole duck with tasty sauce; and delicious beef tenderloin hot pot.

                2. also like king's noodle!
                  following up, Golden Leaf Chinese Cuisine in chinatown 307 Spadina Avenue 1⁄2 block N of Dundas is run by the same family who owns king's garden. similar type of menu. they also have dim sum from a menu. it costs a bit more in the evening, but it's of very good quality.

                  1. I really like the food at Pink Pearl. The Queen's Quay one has a bright atmosphere with a lake view. Not sure if they have evening dim sum, though.