Dim Sum Tomorrow- Hei La Moon or Windsor?
I'm going for dim sum tomorrow and have been going back and forth between Hei La Moon. I know that a big difference is cart vs. paper order... I don't really care about that. When it comes down to it, all I care about is which has better food. Also, does one have more veggie/chicken/seafood offerings than the other? I am partial to these rather than beef, pork, etc. Thank you!
Was a dedicated HLM fan - scared off by the recent threads of a downturn -
Tried Winsor on Sunday morning - it was decent...
Steamed dumplings (shrimp, shrimp with peanuts) were great - nice plump shrimps
Fried dough wrapped in dumpling was ok - the dough seemed a little oldish.
Steamed pork bun was just average - overcooked dough, pork filling a bit too gloppy with gravy.
Plain congee was like dishwater - Zero flavor - I thought plain would still be a salty porridgy-type thing - my bad if I am wrong.
Fried turnip cake ok, but a little mushy for my tastes
Scallion pancake was over-cooked and doughy, a little laden with oil, but decent flavor. Better than the average take-out variety for sure.
(Got one more dish that I cannot remember...darn)
Service was great and I think I prefer the cart-less dim sum - 8 plates for a hair over $20. Unbelievable.
However, HLM in its heyday was better - fresher ingredients, cooking right on the money, more healthy selections such as chinese broccoli (which I did not see as a dim sum item, but there was something about it on the regular menu.) I guess I was not all that impressed with the variety of dim sum items, compared with HLM's menu, but hargau's opinion, being a trusted source, will keep me away because of the unfortunate downturn.
Also stopped by Hing Shing Bakery - had a fine custard, sesame ball, sweetened rice cake and plain sweet bun - for less than $3 - another steal. Everything was fresh and spot-on - sometimes the sesame ball is too greasy, but even this was right on this day.
I think picking dim sum places is very item to item. Winsor's fen guo with ground pork, peanuts and water chestnuts I think is bad, a little funky, but their shumai is pretty good with less shrimp than most other places. I like China Pearl best for dim sum because I've never really disliked any of the items I usually order there, (steamed noodles, shumai, chicken's feet, fen guo) but I've had problems at least once or twice with all the other dim sum places in chinatown.
Winsor by far has better food and better selection. Last couple times i went to hlm the same carts kept going around with the same tired food. I used to swear by the place but it seems to be getting worse each time.
At Winsor the food comes out fast and hot and the service is excellent. The variety on the menu is much larger too. If you go with a large group, like I usually do, you still get a ton of variety cause we order like 1/2 the menu.
Last time at HLM the service dropped to a new low. We ordered a noodle dish for the table off the menu which never came at all. We had 15 people and had to ask for water at least 6 times before everyone who wanted water got it, they would only bring 2 at a time. We asked for more hot sauce several times, never got it. we asked for more soy sauce and were told we had to finish the 1/4" left in the one bottle we had 1st.. We ended up having to clear our own dishes/steamers, luckily we were seated next to a buss cart so it was easily done without getting up.