Newer Asian Delights in Naples, Fl
Naples' Charlie Chiang's has started serving Dim Sum Saturday and Sunday 11:30-2:30, and it's very good, on a par with spots in Hong Kong, according to a well travelled Chinese diner.
I've been there twice for Dim Sum. Each item is cooked fresh to order. They aren't busy enough to do the cart routine, so every item is fresh. The chefs are direct from China, and know their stuff
Charlie Chiang's is pretty inside, and has a back large patio on the river-watch eagles and kingfisher birds dine.
. It's in the Doubletree Guest Suites, 0.6 miles north of Immokalee Rd, on 41, in Naples. I was a regular at Bo Ling's till it closed over a year ago, and many folks went into Dim Sum withdrawal. You will be very pleased at Charlie Chiang's food.
Some favorites of what I tried are: tender Shrimp Toast for $4, The Beef Noodle Soup ((9.25) is a savory sleeper, with a wonderfully seasoned light savory broth, spaghetti like noodles, and a goodly portion of deliciously tender beef slices. I flipped over the Steamed Chicken with Ginger and Scallions for $6. The very tasty Roast duck for only $10, gets very high ratings. Beef short ribs are a good portion of delicate bone-in ribs. Thedon Noodle Soup with Tempura shrimp and Vegetables for $10-this can be a whole lunch.
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They also have varied appetizer, lunch, and drink specials during the week, well worth checking out. They are at:
12200 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, 593-6688
Blue Fish Japanese Restaurant opened several months ago in the Bed, Bath and Beyond Plaza, Airport and Pine Ridge, and it has very good quality food. We sampled, sushi, sashimi, Hibachi Steak and Lobster, and Tempura items- all passed with flying colors. The food is beautifully plated. I'll have a blog report soon.
Blue Fish has a large open room, and a smaller hibachi room, full bar, and sushi bar.
5425 Airport Pulling Road, Naples 596-6688
Isn't dim sum all about loading your table down with a variety of little plates, most importantly for CHEAP? Bo Lings is pretty good but then we moved to Seattle and you could get Shrimp Shumai, Pork Buns, Bok Choy, Walnut Shrimp, Pork Lo-Mein, Calamari and maybe some Braised Chicken Feet all for $25 or so at ANY of their Chinatown joints. Now here in Naples I don't expect such a huge variety, but Ol Charlie Chiang's Dim Sum sounds like lunch plates to me......nobody has a big bowl of Beef Noodle Soup at Dim Sum, for instance. NO-body!
You have me ROTFL with "nobody has a big bowl of Beef Noodle Soup at Dim Sum, for instance. NO-body!" You are right as rain!
I've had Dim Sum in Hong Kong, San Francisco, even Dallas, Tx. This is Naples, Dim Sum is new to some folks, and I'll leave it at that..
Seriously, Charlie Chiangs has most items at $3-4.50 a plate, and it is real dim sum, only fresher than what's rolling on the carts for 20 minutes at places that aren't that busy, as it is cooked to order.
I also enjoyed Fuji, in Naples, about a minute's walk east of Costco on Naples Blvd. I really like their Thai food more than, say their Japanese tempura. Their sushi is comparable to Blue Fish, and I'd happily return to both. Their Red Curry with shrimp is the best!
I checked out your writings on Chowhound-always curious about people's passions. My Latina Girlfriend has spent months in Spain, and we rave about the tapas at, where else? IM Tapas in Naples. There's some other spots around, however this is the most like Barcelona. You do need to tell them to stagger your orders, or they all come at once, as Americans seem to lke it that way, not the Spanish style.
re: An Insatiable Appetite
Dang! I went to Fuji on friday and was waffling between the thai and japanese and went for the sushi. It was really good, but red curry is my fav! Oh well - next time. I like red curry best at Thai Basil.
I have not been to IM Tapas yet, but went to Cafe Barcelona last week. My husband (who has never been to spain) and I had the Pa amb tumaca, Pinchos morunos (they do lamb instead of the traditional pork) grilled scallops with roasted red pepper sauce, Mushrooms ajillo and galacian style clams. Pardon any bad spelling.
all was good except the clams which were so small inside a normal sized shell that they practically disintegrated when we attemted to get them out. They would have been better off telling us they were out of clams than to serve that quality. To make up for it, they graciously took 1 dollar off the bill and we said that was not acceptable, so they took the whole amount off. The lamb, bread and the scallops werre REALLY good, the rest just OK. It was 7:15 on a wednesday night and other than 1 couple that was finishing up, we were the only people there (which I hate) and it was really hot and stuffy - like no A/C. I can't see going back there but am anxious to try IM Tapas after reading your reviews.
I have been to spain 12 times but that was my first visit to a tapas resto in the US. I think I am afraid of being dissappointed.