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Sep 11, 2009 09:30 AM

Dim Sum in Calgary

My husband and I used to be regular diners at U & M for its weekend dim sum, but have not felt like going back since reading about the serious health violations (although such negative publicity and fines may actually have significantly improved its cleanliness).

Does anyone have an alternative favorite dim sum place in Chinatown (not in the suburbs) that s/he can recommend? As a side note, I prefer the places you order off the menu - not the places with the carts.

Also, can you include days and times that dim sum is offered at your recommendations (if you are aware of these)?


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  1. The quality of dim sum in Chinatown has not kept up with the new restaurant in the suburbs.

    Silver Dragon is not bad, and their service is usually decent, but they are push carts.

    If you don't mind traveling a little bit outside of Chinatown, Central Grand is pretty decent. However, they also don't meet you requirements of ordering off a menu.

    Personally speaking, I like push carts style. It is more a relaxed atmosphere and allow me to chat with who ever I am with that day. I find at a very efficient restaurant, I can be in and out of there is 30 minutes on the menu ordering system, which defeats the intent of dim sum. :-)

    1. I like Regency Palace. They do have carts, but also a Dim Sum buffet, and you can order items off a menu.

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      1. re: 23skidoo

        The issue I have with Regency Palace is that their quality has gone down here. I find their dim sum to be a little on the rough side. It isn't as refined as some of the other places. However, the best part about the Regency Palace is their frying station. The rice crepe from that station is still best. :-)

      2. I know it doesn't fit your criteria of being in the core but T-Pot waaaaay out in Country Hills is the best order style dim sum we've found. Just don't bother with the egg tarts.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Overcooked chow fun at Harbour City and it has carts. I won't even address the tart crust. <shiver> But John and I have had this debate before. LOL

            Forgive my poor attempt at spelling chow fun. I did (finally) manage thsi summer to say it so a native Cantonese speaker understood me. It's only taken a few years.

            1. re: sharonanne

              there's no proper way to spell transliterated terms like chow fun- it's phonetic. Like hummus/humus/hummous.

          2. On Center Street and 24th Ave in a strip mall across from a temple is a little hole in the wall called Fortunes Foods.. All day every day dimsum, closed on tuesdays though.. cheap. fresh, and tasty. Everything is made in the back, and its all available to take home frozen as well. Close to downtown and so good.. Though lately the owner lady has been a little grumpy. Worth the drive from Red deer still, everytime I go.. Cheers.

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            1. re: retroville

              +1, that's the only place that has any decent and affordable dim sum in Calgary. They've been there for years.

              From what I recall during my last visit, they only open for dim sum sit down from 11:00am - 3:00pm.

              1. re: MeXx

                Have been shopping at fortune foods since i was a little kid, always good frozen dim sum to take home. Steamed up fresh, who needs the restaurant?

                1. re: Pintye

                  I love the place too but the variety for a group isn't good. I'll avoid getting all mystical about the dim sum "experience" but there really is one.