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May 24, 2008 07:43 PM

Dim Sum & Boba (Bubble) Tea in Orlando?

Does anyone know of any good Dim Sum restaurants in Orlando? I know there are quite a few Vietnamese restaurants off of 50, do any of them serve dim sum?

Have you been to any good Boba Tea places in Orlando, particularly South Orlando/Kissimmee area other than Lollicup?

Are there any Asian Style Tea Houses in Orlando or Tampa?

Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Ming's Bistro is right off 50 (Colonial) and 17-92 (Mills), the epicenter of the Vietnamese neighborhood, but it is a Chinese restaurant that is supposed to serve pretty good dim sum.

    As for boba tea, the restaurant Little Saigon (just west of Mills on Colonial) has really good ones -- served icy, almost a slushy consistency.

    And if you want a good tea house, Tatame has traditional Asian teas as well as boba tea and a wide variety of sake. It is a cool, hip, funky place, in Winter Park on Fairbanks between Pennsylvania and New York Avenues, right near Rollins College.

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      Ditto for Ming's Bistro. Its dim sum line-up is small but absolutely authentic.
      As for bubble tea, I'm impressed with Q-Cup, which is on Colonial near John Young, in the corner of the shopping center with the #1 Oriental Supermarket.

      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

        I'll add my endorsement of Ming's as well. Pretty much anytime I visit Orlando, I have to go to Ming's.

      2. Try this for good information on all things Asia in the Orlando/Tampa area
        It is no an exhaustive list of places, but a good start. I live in Tampa and really like several places here that aren't listed in Asia Trend. The recently remodled "China Yuan" on Armenia (just north of Waters) is one of my favorites. There is a good tea/boba shop just a few blocks away on Waters (east of armenia). It's called "Got Tea". Lots of tea items as well as snacks.

        1. Chan's on Colonial/Hwy 50 is great for dim sum at lunch on Fridays. For bubble tea, try Natura on University, near UCF, for a variety of flavors. There's also a new Asian place at the Plaza downtown, on Orange Avenue at Church Street, that advertises bubble tea, but I haven't tried it there.

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          1. re: starbucksbrew

            Oh yes, Bento Cafe. They opened one in Gainesville back in 2003, and it was the first place I ever tried boba tea. I loved it and turned a lot of people onto it. The food was really good there too. I haven't been to the downtown Orlando one yet, but it sure looks like the same place.

            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

              Wasn't too impressed by Bento. Seems to just be a chic japanese fast casual chain for yups.

              1. re: mr_saturn

                This thread was six years old, but you're not wrong. I've since been to the Orlando Bento Cafe several times, and it's usually decent, but inconsistent. It isn't cheap, though -- I don't consider it in the same class of "fast casual" restaurants like Panera, Chipotle, or Olea Mezze Grill.

          2. The suggestion for Asiatrendmagazine is a good start. the April '08 issue is the first one I've read and it happened to have a 'guide' in it.

            Interesting timing for this post. seems like 4 or 5 have opened in the last few months. Is Orlando maturing food wise?!?!? Let's only hope.

            1. Lams on 50 between 436 and mills has dim sum everyday I believe till 2.