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Nov 9, 2008 11:40 AM

Dim Sum Go Go Disappointment

The wife and I went to this much talked about dim sum joint today for a quick bite. I was expecting great dim sum with all the raves but was very disappointed.

First of all, as a native HK person, this place had zero atmosphere, no carts, little chatter, tons of hipsters and tourist types.

One of the joys of dim sum is seeing all the dishes roll by and grabbing whatever strikes your fancy, not too crazy about ordering stuff off a mini menu.

On to the food,

the beef cheung was awful, just slices of chewy beef in a noodle skin rather than the traditional superior cheung fun served in traditional Cantonese dim sum places. Like I carved a slice of beef from a sirloin and rolled it in noodle and steamed it. Yuk

the shrimp and chive dumpling didn't have whole shrimp in it but rather chopped/diced up mushy shrimp with tons of chives. Not fresh at all.

Chicken feet was okay, a little tougher than some other places, but not bad.

The meatballs with tofu skin was okay as well, not great, not bad.

We left after the four dishes and hightailed for some real food.

All in all, a disappointing experience, reminded me of a dim sum joint you'd find in Disney World.

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  1. There are tons of cart places (e.g., Golden Unicorn) in Manhattan. I find the food is often not as fresh as menu places like Dim Sum Go Go. On that note, you've never ordered dim sum off a menu in Hong Kong?

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    1. re: a_and_w

      I've ordered from menus before but frankly I like to get stuff at the spur of the moment, see something appealing, snatch it. If the food is outstanding, then no problem, from what we sampled this is average to below average dim sum yet still priced above average. Portions were small too.

    2. Yeah, I am not a fan either... Try Ping's instead.

      1. Is Dim Sum Go Go still open? I tried to go with a friend a few weeks ago and found a hair dresser there instead... I've been many times before, so I don't think I got the address wrong, but maybe I did. When did you go?

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        1. re: CKOne

          It's always been in the same place.

          I've liked Dim Sum Go Go, but I wasn't as happy today. I got there a bit after 4 o'clock, when the prices go up ($3 items become $4 items). It was really the "break" between lunch and dinner, not the best time to go. I wonder whether that's why the Chinese Parsley Steamed Dumplings were seemingly overcooked (wrappers stuck to the paper, seemed a bit too thick, and the dumplings were a bit dry), but that probably can't explain why the chicken feet tasted of cod liver oil (that has to do with the chicken feed), and the sauce for them had very little taste and no evidence of black beans, whatsoever. The tripe was good, as usual, and so were the Steamed Shrimp and Chives Dumplings. But overall, that meal really wasn't worth $19 plus tip.

          I followed up by going to Il Laboratorio del Gelato, though, which was definitely worth it. I'll post about that separately.

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          1. Where did you end up going for real food?