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Nyleve Mar 25, 2008 05:02 PM

Looking for decent dim sum in Spadina/Dundas area. Not too terribly fussy, but would like a niceish lunch tomorrow. Or should we just go to Mother's Dumplings? Or that other dumpling place...Dumpling House, is it? Suggestions please.

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    Nyleve Mar 26, 2008 06:16 PM

    Well, ended up at Bright Pearl. Which turned out to be perfectly fine. I have always been suspicious of the place - it's just so big and cavernous and I hate walking into a big empty dining room...

    Anyway, the place had quite a few people eating - many of them Asian. We got several steamed dumplings - all of them were good and fresh. The squid was a bit tough and probably my least favourite of everything. Also those rice noodle thingies with the shrimp rolled inside which were good enough but could have used more than two shrimp per thingy. And the spring rolls were ok. After that, my son and I ran out of steam and although I would have liked to try this eggplant dish that was coming around and some other things that looked quite tasty, we just couldn't.

    Thanks for the suggestions - I'll try Rol San next time. I just got curious and decided to check out Bright Pearl first.

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      Finnegan Apr 1, 2008 02:16 PM

      Treasure Garden on Dundas lower level near Eluizabeth street. I would never in a million years have gone there, but some friends from Hong Kong swotre it was good and authentic. Upon their recommendation, I tried it and was pleasntly surpised. Good service, clean and friendly. Dumpling were tender and full of ingredients (beef, vegetarian, etc,). Would go back if I was in the area

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        Zengarden Apr 1, 2008 03:14 PM

        I love this spot. It is a combination of service via trolley and with a checklist that you submit to the kitchen. Love the food.

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          T Long Apr 1, 2008 03:38 PM

          The building where that restaurant is located must be one of the oldest in old Chinatown.

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      artificialard Mar 25, 2008 09:45 PM

      My (Chinese) parents really enjoyed King's Noodle for dim sum last weekend. However I don't know if they serve it all the time.

      I do like it as a Chinese restaurant, so I'm hopeful they would do a decent dim sum...

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      King's Noodle House
      296 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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        Nyleve Mar 26, 2008 05:04 AM

        Right. I haven't been there for a while. Maybe I'll give it another shot. Don't think they have dim sum during the week, though - maybe just weekends. Thanks. Noodles will do.

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          phoenikia Mar 26, 2008 07:50 AM

          I'd head to Rol San, which has been consistently fresh in my experience, and they steam/fry to order.

          My experiences with Sky Dragon (4 visits), Forestview (1 visit), Bright Pearl (1 visit) and Yiu Wah aka Golden Mile (1 visit) have been disappointing. The fried items tasted like stale oil, and the steamed items had textural issues ( tough/greasy siu mai, tough squid, soggy bau, gristly har gow,etc.) Some items were fair, and nothing was inedible/awful, but I can't remember any dishes that were delicious.

          Mother's Dumplings had run out of most of the dumplings listed on their menu when I went. The boiled pork dumplings are tasty enough, but each serving has about 12 boiled dumplings. I ordered 2 dishes (one type of dumpling and one type of pancake) in order to try more than 1 thing, and it was too much food for me to eat. If you want a selection of different items, I wouldn't head to Mother's Dumplings. But it's a great place if you want to fill up on one specific item.

          Asian Legend's Dundas location serves decent soup dumplings, and it is one of the better-looking restaurants in Chinatown. Haven't tried much else on their menu.

          Another option might be Noble Restaurant at 530 Dundas- I had decent dim sum there when it was called Rainbow Restaurant, about 2 years ago. Fresh tasting dim sum that was slightly cheaper than Rol San. Not sure if the quality is still the same.

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