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Dim Sum Honolulu Chinatown (moved from Elsewhere in America)

Could you recommend a Dim Sum in Chinatown...How about Legends or the one in the Cultural Center.

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  1. Also, Mei Sum (I think that's the name). It's diagonal from the municipal parking lot and across the street from Char Hung Sut.

      1. a block or two diamond head of chinatown on alakea is the mandalay, which i've been pretty impressed with so far. it's open nice and early on the weekends too.

        ...and there's a full bar so you can have a bloody mary ;)

        1. I like Fook Lam, which is right around the corner from Legend. There's always a wait on weekends but the dim sum is fresh and tasty.

          1. We were at Legend in the Chinese Cultural Plaza recently and I noticed that Won Kee next door was serving dim sum. It was packed with customers. Has anyone tried the dim sum there? Does it compare well with Legend or Mandalay?

            1. Well, I'm going there next week. I'll take pictures and let all of you know!

              1. We've been to every restaurant mentioned and the best DIm Sum we've found is Panda Cuisine across from Walmart on Keeaumoku. High quality ingredients and very light wrappers.

                Panda Cuisine
                641 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814

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                1. re: russkar

                  What did you think about Tai Pan?

                  1. re: Joebob

                    It's good but like Legends better in that area.

                2. anybody tried mei sum since they moved? new address is 1170 Nuuanu.

                  last time i went to mandalay, 3 months ago, it was less than i expected.

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                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    On our annual visits to Oahu, Mei Sum had always been our go-to dim sum place. We tried the new place for the first time. Nothing specific, but it was less than magical this time around. Even tho the room is about 1 1/2 times bigger, there seems to be less room for the carts to travel around the tables. Maybe they are adjusting to the new location, but I'm ready to try a new place the next time we're in Oahu. Maybe Legends or Tai Pan. We stay in Kaneohe with my mother-in-law, and she likes Joyful Garden. But Chinatown is really fun to cruise in, especially in a food shopping mode.

                    1. re: Ogawak

                      In Kaneohe, you might enjoy Pah Ke (46-018 Kamehameha Hwy.), particularly if you have the owner/chef prepare some special dishes for you.

                      1. re: Joebob

                        Thanks for the suggestion. My wife actually wants to go there next year when we return to Kaneohe.

                  2. I've eaten at just about every Dim Sum/Yumcha place on Oahu, and I still say that Legend is by far the best. Their ingredients are SO fresh and tasty, their tea is amazing, and you can beat the fast service and reasonable prices. Legend is my go to place for dim sum breakfast/lunch. Mei Sum is pretty good also, and they serve dim sum even after lunch hours, but I only go there when I can't eat at Legend.

                      1. re: Steve R

                        tai pan is really good, but they don't have carts, so you need to know what you want to order, cant just look and pick.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          True, but since we're pushy New Yawkers, I went over to the wall with all the steamers and she showed me each item and I picked what we wanted. Every time new stuff came out, she motioned to me and I went over to see. A small enough place to do this, as long as you stay out of their way. In essence, the cart stood still and the customer moved :-) Worked well.

                          1. re: Steve R

                            Panda Cuisine on Keaumoku used to be good and they serve dim sum after 10 PM till close at 2 PM. Not to be confused with Panda Express. It was about on par with Legends. Haven't been in years.

                            Panda Cuisine
                            641 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814