REALLY good dim sum in Atlanta?
I'm finding all the places are rated "best" by the usual sources are highly mediocre. Can someone recommend really, REALLY good dim sum in Atlanta, not just dim sum that's good enough for Westerners?
It's been 26 years since I've been there.
Here's a more up to date suggestion:
be sure to go down to the next to last post in the thread and click on Hong Kong link for the best set of Dim Sum Pictures and explanations I have ever seen anywhere.
I am going to Tasty China this Saturday and I hope it lives up to its reports here.
China Delight on Chamblee-Tucker Road (Just off Buford Hwy) serves some
of the best di sum I've eaten. And if they've stopped serving dim sum (late
afternoon) by all means try the menu items (the true Chinese, not the American-
Chinese) not too expensive and truly tasty.
The consensus seems to be that the "best" place generally rotates between Oriental Pearl, Happy Valley, China Delight, and East Pearl. Just depends which Chef is cooking where and they seem to move a lot. Canton House is often mentioned as well. I have not been to Canton since before the renovation, but found it somewhat cold and greasy in the past. It may have improved tremendously.. East pearl is good - nice and hot- but nothing great. China Delight is usually solid; have not been to Happy Valley since is it supposedly improved. Oriental Pearl used to be the hands-down winner but varies now.
Please post on your experiences once you go. I agreee with another poster on another forum - this board has too many folks asking where to eat and then absolutely no follow up. It is boring that way. Especially the "I'm in downtown for a convention but don't have time to search the board - where should I eat" vein.
I am so with you on those that don't follow-up! If you report back, you give back to the board instead of just taking. I definitely have gotten tired of those out-of-town posters that put generic "where's the best place to eat in (city name)?" and never post back. I'm w/you there, sistah!
Getting back to the topic on hand (sorry for the rant), I really enjoyed my last visit to China Delight. By the time we got through eating, the cart w/the bbq pork finally came around. Even though I was bursting at the seams, I seriously contemplated getting some and eating it b/c it looked so very good. I decided against it but made a mental note to try it next time.
There is one very good place on Cheshire Bridge Road, but I can't remember the current name of it. Pretty easy to find, though. Near several other good eats like Nino's southern Italian and Nakato Japanese restaurants.
There are many good Asian restaurants of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean style on Buford Highway in Chamblee. Check out this Atlanta foodie blog -
We hit Tasty China this weekend. Excellect food with the highlight being the cilanto and fish rolls and the "bubble" pancake. . You can have a dim sum meal there by ordering off the menu. The service was fine and the owner (not Chef Chen) came uot to great us individually. Get there early before the evening rush. The best way to enjoy is a large group at one of the lazy susan tables. Also intersting arab grocery next door
It's been a while since I could get back to Chowhound but now I can report back! We ended up going to China Delight. All the usual fried tidbits were top-notch, and the soft-tofu ginger-syrup dessert rivaled what I'd had eaten all over SE Asia. I thought the offerings were a bit repetitious--all too many versions of deep-fried shrimp, and not enough dumplings--but it was hot, fresh, and delicious. Excellent greens. At the risk of sounding like my mother-in-law, I get migraines after eating a lot of MSG and I got a whopper the next day, which suggests that they use a LOT of MSG in their food. If that's not a problem for you, go and eat merrily. If it is, eat lightly of the deep-fried tidbits (usually the worst for that). It was good enough, however, that I will go back, eat more carefully, and have my medication at the ready the next day. Thanks for all the suggestions.
1. Ate at Canton House two weeks ago as a group of six. There were a couple of interesting bean curd wrapped items and a thick, flat noodle in XO sauce that was pretty good. I like their Singapore mai fun and usually order that as well.
2. Tasty China today was as good as it was a few months ago. The dry fried eggplant dish was fairly greaseless, the seasoning clear and assertive and the batter light. The sticky rice bean curd three layer thing was the best I've had since the filling was full of mushrooms and meat.
Phuong said "if the food is still good why do you care who is cooking?"
My favorites: East Pearl, Royal China, Oriental Pearl and Hong Kong Harbour. These are listed in rank order. It really depends on how far I want to travel. For non-dim sum I've recently discovered Cafe' 101 on Buford Hwy just south of I-285. Had delicious food there. Happy Eating.
You are right I look and never post. So you made me feel guilty ( I respond well to that) and here added back!