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  • djuna Feb 23, 2008 06:36 PM
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The last thread I could find was from a year ago, so permit me to re-ask: where is the best dim sum in the Seattle area? We are willing to bring our passports if the answer is, "in the suburbs."

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  1. The Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant is pretty good down at the Great Wall shopping center in Kent.

    We were always partial to the Hong Kong Seafood in Rainier Beach, but it partially burnt down. The owners there recently (within the last 5 months) purchased the New Kowloon in the ID. I'd say the quality suffered a little in the move, but it does have the additional positive in the ID of its own parking lot.

    1. The Four Seas in the International district, its like a block north of Uwajimaya.

      1. Top Gun Seafood Restaurant and Noble Court are both in bellevue. They're better than anyplace that I've eaten at that's actually in seattle.

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        1. re: swarf

          I used to love Noble Court in Bellevue, but their quality seems to have slipped in the last couple years.

          Check out O'Asian in Seattle - EXCELLENT!

          1. re: akq

            Now that you mention it, I do recall that my last visit to noble court was kind of disappointing, and that might have been a year ago. My one experience at O'Asian was not great. The basics weren't that solid, and our large group ate at a long rectangular table instead of a round one with a lazy susan, which made it tricky. It is right in seattle though, which gets bonus points.

            1. re: swarf

              That's too bad about your experience with O'Asian. I've had good experiences every time I've been there, except sometimes it takes a while to get seated and for the food to come around. I've also never been there with a big group - usually just 5 people or less. I think the owner and chef at O'Asian are from Top Gun and Noble Court, respectively.

              1. re: akq

                Honestly, the best part of O'Asian is the free parking. Food is on par with Top gun. I think they have the same owner or he used to own Top Gun. Anyone wants real dim sum though, have got to go up to BC. Kirin in Richmond serves everything just perfectly & have better ingredients too.

            2. re: akq

              Agree on Noble Court. It's gone way downhill and not worth the time or money.

          2. Jade Garden in the International District and Top Gun in Bellevue.

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            1. re: alki_chick

              I liked New Kowloon, and also like its replacement, HK Seafood. Noble Court in Bellevue's pretty rockin' as well.

              1. re: alki_chick

                Was Top Gun formerly in the ID?

                1. re: Finspot

                  Mmmm yes, and it was amazing... (and yes, I know, bellvue isn't that far, but I don't do suburbs.)

              2. What you've read a year ago about Seattle's dim sum scene is still more or less true today.

                Imperial Garden in Renton, Jade Garden in the ID, and sometimes King's in Bellevue.

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                1. re: HungWeiLo

                  I had 4 soup dumplings (xlb) at Imperial Garden and 1 of them actually had soup in it, which is a better average than most dimsum places around here. (of course the dumpling was stuck to it's neighbor and broke as soon as i lifted it, spilling the soup out, but anyway... i would give their soup dumplings a C+). They also make a good fried cruller (yu tiao), if a bit greasy, to go with their congee, and i like the texture of their dofu fa (spooned from the big wooden pot).

                2. We went to Top Gun in Factoria today, and it was fantastic. Definitely the best dim sum I've found since moving to this area almost a year ago. The staff were friendly, the food was hot and delicious, with plenty of variety, and it was PACKED by the time we left (we arrived shortly after 11am to beat the rush) - always a good sign!

                  1. I recently tried Imperial Garden for the first time, it was a monday morning, but there was still a decent selection, though not a whole lot of customers, which is always a little worriesome. Nothing to worry about--this was the highest quality of dim sum I have had in the Seattle area since the original Top Gun shut down. Everything tasted great. And, even though there were few people there, they had some of my favorites out that aren't always at the get in-get out places like Jade garden and house of hong. Overall I was extremely impressed...

                    1. I've never been to dim sum but want to go. I eat seafood but no pork, chicken, or beef. Is there a place that would be better for me to go? Any pointers? Thanks.

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                      1. re: Boychucker

                        For seafood only, I like Parc Lok in Vancouver. I think it's on 5th or main.

                        1. re: Boychucker

                          There are quite a few shrimp dishes at any good dim sum place usually - we go to Ocean City across from Uwajimaya
                          (strange that no one has mentioned it, we always have a very good experience but you have to hit it up before it either gets too packed or the food is gone)

                        2. Four Seas on King Street is great. Fried dishes are done right in front of you. They have their own parking lot and there is an excellent noodle shop across the street.

                          1. In Bellevue - Noble Court and Top Gun are the top places, but both aren't great. Noble Court isn't what it used to be. Top Gun's fine but not for the cost.

                            In ID - Jade Garden is the best but the wait can be ridiculous if you go at the wrong time. New Kowloon/HK Seafood is a tad below but without the wait.

                            If you're really willing to use the passport -- Vancouver is the way to go.

                            1. The best weekend dim sum by a mile is at Monsoon. Try braised oxtail congee with slivers of green onion and fried shallot, or crispy shrimp and chive wontons. The sticky rice and assorted dim sum selection are better versions of what you find anywhere else in Seattle. My only minor complaint was no baked hum-bao, however the steamed pork buns are great. Desserts do not include traditional dim sum options, but they are very good.

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                              1. re: juniebug

                                i used to go there regularly but on more than one occasion my pork shumai arrived raw/pink on the inside and the shrimp and chive wontons (usually excellent) arrived undercooked. I can't help but wonder, if they're going to be so careless as to serve raw pork or shrimp, what else might be going on?

                                1. re: barleywino

                                  Yep, that would make me stop going there too. The last time I had dim sum at Monsoon was in Feb. 2008. Our group of five discerning diners were very satisfied with the food and happily did not have that problem with any of the things we tried (we ordered both the shumai and wontons).

                                  1. re: juniebug

                                    Monsoon got rated best dim sum this month in Seattle magazine as well as best pork shu-mai ---sadly, I will never know, as no baked hum-bao means my fiancee will never go =p

                                    I think we are going to try and hit up Jade Garden this weekend.