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Top Dim Sum choices for Seattle?

lobogao Jul 17, 2007 09:11 PM

Coming off a recent trip up to Richmond/Vancouver, my tolerance for mediocre dim sum has reached near zero. What are my best picks for dim sum in the Seattle area? Anywhere in a 20-mile radius is fine - it doesn't have to be in the International District.


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  1. terrier RE: lobogao Jul 17, 2007 10:34 PM

    Jade Garden's my favorite in Seattle proper. Everything else I've had in town has been mediocre to terrible.

    On the East Side, I'm partial to Noble Court in Bellevue, though others may disagree. Recently, I feel like Jade Garden's been more consistent.

    1. barleywino RE: lobogao Jul 17, 2007 10:49 PM


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        Glassman RE: lobogao Jul 18, 2007 07:13 AM

        Lobo, Imperial Garden in Kent offers the best I've found in the area.

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          krb RE: lobogao Jul 18, 2007 08:21 AM

          I've enjoyed the dim sum at Top Gun in Factoria.

          1. dagoose RE: lobogao Jul 18, 2007 09:09 AM

            Try Tea Garden, the new place at ranier and dearborn

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              equinoise RE: dagoose Nov 12, 2007 11:35 AM

              Tea Garden on sunday-
              Pros: really good dumplings with shrimp and cilantro; tasty pan-fried dumplings with shrimp and chives. Stuffed peppers and eggplant above average.
              Cons: potstickers were burnt; some other dumplings were loosely wrapped and coming apart; fried shrimp balls w/ mayo were cooked too long so as to aquire an armor.

              Overall, a step above Honey Court and Zen Garden, a step below Jade Garden and Noble Court. A good option if you can't stand an hour wait at JG.

              Is this place Viet-owned? I Noticed alot of those dishes on the take out menu. The "jellyfish with spicy sauce" came on a bed of pickled carrot and radish that are usually tucked inside a bahn mi. Nice combination.

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              lobogao RE: lobogao Jul 18, 2007 09:52 AM

              Thanks for all the great pointers, esp to that previous thread. Sounds like Jade Garden, Top Gun and Imperial Garden come up consistently in discussion - I'll definitely check those out.

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                equinoise RE: lobogao Sep 24, 2007 02:53 PM

                I tried dim sum at Zen Garden in Mill Creek this weekend. As reported elsewhere, it features elaborate, impressive scenery, with huge windows overlooking immaculately maintained gardens, with one portion of the dining room actually perched over the pond. As for the food part, I tried perhaps a dozen items and I'd say it is worth a visit, but not if you have two more hours to spare and can continue on to Richmond. Problems arose with steamed dumpling items, which were loosely packaged. Xiao long bao were soupless and overly meaty (my lady can never refuse, no matter what I say). Turnip cake was a touch too soft. Stir fried items were much better, especially garlic honey shortribs and string beans in XO sauce "szechuan style". Three of us ate, and the total was about $60. FWIW the clientele was vast majority asian. They seemed to specialize in take out moon cakes, which I did not try.

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