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Feb 15, 2009 01:58 PM

Where is the AYCE Dim Sum in Toronto?

I'm not looking for mind blowing dim sum here, I'm just looking for some down and dirty dim sum gluttony.

Shu Mai, Har Gow and Deep Fried Taro in a never exhausted ever refreshed supply.

It's a dream of mine.

A simple dream... but a dream non-the-less.

The a-holes at blogTO gave a useless list of out of town usual suspects (food retards), Torontoist laid it down with a cute post on the top three spots, but no AYCE.

But, no one seems to care about those of us who just want to gorge on copious quantities of steamed dumplings like someone with Prader-Willi Syndrom at their last meal.

So here I am, humbly requesting the brizilliant foodies of Toronto to answer the call of my hunger pains and supply me with information that I just don't have - Places that RIGHT NOW would be serving All You Can Eat Dim Sum!

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  1. Only place I know is China buffet king (Yonge and 16th). You get shu mai, har gow, beef balls, chickene feet, tripe and shrimp rice rolls. We like the thai mango salad as well.

    Or you can try star walk buffet - silver star and steeles. Both are not mind blowing quality but if it's AYCE you are looking for, it should do.

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    1. re: caitlink

      CBK came to mind for me as well, but it's quite a bit north from Yonge and 16th; Yonge and Major Mac is just one light north of CBK. If the sister is coming via transit, take the VIVA bus north from Finch, and get off at Weldrick and walk north to the next light (about 1/4 mile). It's on the bottom level behind the Whattabagel.

      And while there are some dumplings on offer all day, lunch is a better time to get them, as there is a better variety available and the turnover is higher, so you'll get fresher, hotter choices. It's also cheaper than dinner by a considerable amount.

    2. i think i saw a sign up on bloor near brunswick or bathurst on the north side for maybe $12.99...

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      1. re: halugii

        Is this recent? I was told about a place called "Red House" or something around there which closed a while ago.

          1. re: halugii

            Red House seems to come and go. One day they are open, the next day no signs of life. I did get there one day they were open, as thye had sent flyers in the postal mail. Not bad, but things like th eonion quiche were cooked days earlier.

            1. re: Danybear

              I was in the area and looked for it. The banner is still prominently displayed in front (BTW the AYCE was only for Sunday) but it was deserted. The phone number given on the banner has been disconnected.

      2. Have not check recently but about a year ago, the dim sum restaurant on the 2nd floor of Times Square in Thornhill served AYCE only.

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        1. re: ComeUndone

          Went out of business awhile back. I liked it a lot but they did not last long doing AYCE. I think it was a last resort before closing.

          1. re: caitlink

            Don't know how long the OPs been doing dim sum but I can pretty guarantee you won't find anyplace downtown doing AYCE dim sum. That being said, if you go on weekdays or before noon on weekends Yiu Wah at Dundas and Huron has dim sum for something like $1.50 a plate and it has the added bonus of cart service for that HK ambience. If you're not married to the carts then Kim Moon bakery does some really tasty, fresh dim sum on the cheap and for that serious old-school vibe, hit Yung Sing pastry on Baldwin (it's cheap but it's best to go when it's warm so you can eat on the benches outside the shop).

            Hope this helps.

            A blogto a-hole

        2. links.

          Yung Sing Pastry
          22 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          Kim Moon Bakery
          438 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          Yiu Wah
          421 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T1G6, CA

          1. I was at the China Centre in Mississauga - Dundas, west of Dixie - and the large chinese restaurant in the corner has AYCA dim sum for lunch Tuesday and Wednesdays. I think the restaurant is called SUN SUN, They have good dim sum.