Dim Sum: Dynasty vs. Pearl.. a short summary
Hi all, I just returned from TO. I had Dim Sum this past weekend at the aforementioned places and had nearly diametrically opposed experiences!:
Dynasty- Food- VERY average..disappointing with all the good reviews around
Good waitstaff service
Poor managerial/front desk services- Refused to validate my parking-Big inconvenience- I had to re-park my car downstairs and run up and across the street to the lower level of Nike store to withdraw $ in Canadian currency(hadn't made the exchange at that point). They gave me the run around about only validating after 6pm. (note: this experience isn't swaying my opinion on the food, I promise!).
Pearl- Food- Fantastic!! Some of the best and highest quality DimSum I've had to date.
Good Waitstaff service
Premises very attractive and clean
ALL dim sum items at Pearl were excellent. The Mango gel dessert was really good too, as well as the Purple Taro gel-fish. This was one of the best dim sum experiences for me!
RE the parking, instead of running across the street to get CAD$ couldn't you have save the trip and just pay by credit card? I'm pretty sure all underground parking in Toronto accept credit card payment. Looks like you stayed in the downtown area. Maybe next time you could try Lai Wah Heen at Dundas near City Hall. They're reputed to be one of the best in Toronto (with prices to match!) for dim sum.
same findings as well.
dynasty has its moments, but the food and service at pearl harborfront are consistently excellent.