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Dim Sum Recs please (yes, again . . .)

I will be going for Dim Sum next Friday with about 12 people to celebrate a graduation. My Montreal Chinatown Dim Sum experience is limited to Kam Fung, and I am always satisfied, but may want to try somewhere else.

Our guests will be from Toronto, so it has to be good. Anyone been to Lotte Furama or anywhere else in the last 6-8 weeks? I need Montreal's best for this one.

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  1. Do you have to stick to Chinatown?

    My current faves are Le President, New Jing Hua in Brossard, and Kam Fung. All three do very good dim sum. If you want slightly more exotic choices, then definitely make the trip to Brossard.

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    1. re: moh

      I would second Le President. It's our new favourite, and a nice change from the usual suspects.

        1. re: spankyhorowitz

          In this thread on Soup dumplings, Bomobob writes a nice report of his Le President dimsum outing. I also post on a comparison between Kam Fung, Le President and New Jing Hua. It is about three quarters way down the thread. The address for Le President is also in the thread.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465507

          I like Le President very much. The selection is excellent, and the dumplings are very well-prepared. The inly thing I would check is that they serve dim sum on Fridays. I think they do, but you should just double check.

          1. re: moh

            President sounds good, but I'm afraid that we need to stay downtown. We may just stick to Kam Fung.

      1. re: moh

        Tried Jing Hua today for the first time, and it's now the default favourite. Boy, was it good. And so nice to have such a different selection than Kam Fung and President.

        There was a dome of slug-shaped noodels mixed with chicken and shrimp that was wonderful. Both varieties of sticky rice were great. There was an intestine I've never seen before (the waiter said politely, "Uh, you will have no interest in that"), but it was absolutely delicious...thick, spongy tripe in a lovely sweet sauce. The dumplings (every kind we had) we cooked to perfection, with such a delicate balance of flavours inside. Everything was fresh and very tatsty.
        This is definitely going to be our new dim sum joint for quite some time. So many new things to try.

        1. re: bomobob

          At the end of last Sunday's pig-out, I, too, declared it my favourite local dim sum palace. I like the size, staff and ambiance, not to mention the food, which wins points for execution, variety and freshness. Not everyone was ready to sign on, however. One reason why not was the dumplings: however delicious the fillings at New Jing Hua, the wrappers were less elegant than those at Kam Fung and Le Président.

          We thought about ordering the domed noodles but decided not to when we saw them sitting virtually untouched on a nearby table. Thanks for being the guinea pig. A standout dish last visit was slices of (we suspect) jellied pig's trotter redolent of star anise and served with marinated shredded cabbage and/or jellyfish -- an exquisite interplay of flavours and textures.

          1. re: carswell

            I've been thinking about the dumpling wrappers at Jin Hua. I know that in the past, I have had better dumpling skins at Jin Hua, and I am wondering if it is a consistency issue. Maybe a different chef or something. Anyhow, I shall monitor on future visits and reserve judgement for now.

            But I have to say the sheer number of different items you can get at Jing Hua is astounding. Every visit, I see an item which is new to me. Gotta love that! But still no soup dumplings!!!!! :(

            If you see the jellied pig trotter dish, definitely get it. It is on the same cart as the BBQ pork and duck plates. Very delicious!

            1. re: moh

              Don't recall the dumpling wrappers from my first visit. But I also don't recall the dumplings sticking quite as much as these did.

              Also excellent was that mochi-like dessert wrapped in a leaf and filled with a very chocolaty-tasting bean paste that even bean paste haters liked.

      2. My last visit to Lotte Furama was more than 8 weeks ago, but not by much. To be blunt, it was poor.

        Kam Fung has been just fine recently. It's also the only dim sum place that I know of in Chinatown where you can really rely on a big lunchtime crowd on a weekday, which is a good thing for quality.

        At Ruby Rouge you're likely to find yourselves in a cavernous, 1/4-full room watching the same few carts go round and around. If the quality of the food on those carts was decent when it first left the kitchen, it won't be so special after 30 minutes.

        I don't know if Tong Por serves dim sum on weekdays, but that's the other main option in the area.

        1. I was at Lotte Furama last week. Everything was really good, but we didn't order as many dishes as usual as we were all in a mood that day. The place has a bit of a funky smell, but gosh darn I love their food more than any other place. I don't like Ruby Rouge because every time I'm there there are details like shrimp shells in the dumplings that throw me off. Maybe it's just me, but shrimp shell's make me gag, I can't eat a peel and eat shrimp thats improperly peeled either...
          Anyhow, Lotte Furama seems to have a lot of people who love it, or people who really dislike it.
          I want to know about Le President too, sounds interesting!

          1. The last few times I went to Maison Kam Fung it was outstanding, (and I eat a lot of dimsum in Toronto too). I find it best to go around 11am to get a really wide variety and fresh, hot food.

            1. We went to Lotte - it was bar none the mos disgusting dim sum I've ever had. And we try a lot in TO...