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vinogirl212 Feb 9, 2007 01:22 PM

I'm going to dinner tonight with my brother and mother at Chinatown Brasserie. Any suggestions or recommendations on what to order?

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    Pan Feb 10, 2007 12:09 AM

    Looks like I got to this thread too late. I loved their dim sum and cocktails. What did you get? What did you think of it?

    1. jinet12 Feb 10, 2007 08:12 AM

      I was going to make a reservation there, but I could not find any good reviews on it..Most of the reviewers commented on how expensive it was for the quality of food..LOOKS like a nice place though

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        Pan Feb 10, 2007 07:14 PM

        Some of us posted very positive reports elsewhere. But I've mentioned here that the dim sum items I had there were the best I've had in New York and probably the U.S.

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        FattyDumplin Feb 11, 2007 12:28 PM

        agreed. went there today and their chrimp and chivea and shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings were by far better than any i've had in chinatown. The quality of the dimsum reminds me of what i had at some of hte nicer places in SF, such as koi palace and yank sing. Not necessarily at the same high level of creativity, but pretty darn close.

        1. malibu Feb 14, 2007 06:51 AM

          I dined at the Chinatown Brasserie last night and was disappointed. We strayed away from the Dim Sum, regrettably, as it seems that may be their only strong point. The one plate of dumplings we sampled (mushroom and sweet corn) was good, but nothing amazing in my opinion. I ordered the entree of whole crispy seabass, which was quite tasty. The sauce was tangy and spicy. However, the ambience of the place doesn't really lend itself to eating a whole fish with bones (very dim sexy lighting). My companion orderd the tofu with lobster and chanterelles, which was decribed by our friendly waiter as a "stir-fry". That, it was not. It was inedible. It was a pile of gel in a bowl with 2 bits of lobster and cubes of wet gel like tofu with large amounts of fresh cilantro sprinkled on top (which was not mentioned in the menu description). It was honestly disgusting. People sitting on either side were amazed at the unattractiveness of it. Unfortunately it tasted like it looked. I would go as far as to say that I think they should take it off the menu altogether. After the waiter came over and made no mention of the untouched entree twice, the third time he made an inquiry and apologized, offered something different (which we declined) and said he would remove it from the bill. Fair enough. They brought over a complimentary dessert. They handled it well but we left disappointed. The place however, is gorgeous in an understated classy way. I would be willing to try dim sum for lunch but I will stay well away from dinner at the Chinatown Brasserie.

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            Simon Feb 14, 2007 08:37 AM

            i went there one time during their soft opening, and i despised the place...would never return...

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              shebop Feb 14, 2007 02:37 PM

              Went yesterday for dim sum lunch and loved it! I tried 5 different selections and was happy with each. The service was excellent as well.

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