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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.

            2. We took relatives to Forbidden City recently in the northeast (Pan Pacific Mall) and the dim sum was exceptional. I know it's not downtown, but I agree with Big Mac the quality in the 'burbs is much better. There's usually huge crowds, so expect to wait or get there early. My uncle was a chef at Yan Toh Heen (Cantonese restaurant at the Intercontinental) in Hong Kong and he was very impressed.

              For example, the Chau Sui Cheung Fun (long rolled noodle with bbq pork filling) was layered with chopped chau sui, not with the measly bits of chau sui you see at other places. Quality and attention to detail was high. We ordered Beef Chow Fun as well and it was excellent

              You order off the menu. While waiting, you can even get your order form and have it ready for the waitstaff when you get your table.

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              1. re: sweeterpea

                Have to second John's pick of Harbour City. The food is very tasty, and not greasy. After that, would say Grand Central. Good variety, and they have octopus! After that would say that that its a tie between Forbidden City and Silver Dragon, but I find Silver Dragon a bit greasy. If you go to Harbour City, especially late, you can order the Won Ton spicy, which they do with Jalepeno's, and its awesome. And the dumplings from Harbour City, made fresh, are the best in the city. Enjoy!!!!! Say hi to Snowy for me when you go.

                1. re: sackman

                  yep pebble street(forbidden city)has my vote ,altho i like the cart thing at silver dragon

                  1. re: howlin

                    Pebble Street & Forbidden City are two different restaurants. I'm pretty sure that dimsum is only available in the Forbidden City part (????). It's very confusing but I know for sure the Forbidden City part (inside the mall) has dim sum.

                    1. re: Merry113

                      Pebble Street offers Pan Asian dishes and Hong Kong-style noodle house dishes Not sure if you can order dim sum there.

                      The two lobbies are connected by a tiny walk through area. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I think they share the same kitchen. Forbidden City is the more formal of the two restaurants with traditional Chinese decor.

                      1. re: sweeterpea

                        I told my inlaws about this place and they accidentally went to Pebble Street. When they asked for dim sum, they were ushered into the Forbidden City side.

                      2. re: Merry113

                        i was told i could get dim sum on the other side

                        1. re: howlin

                          Interesting....could have been misunderstanding on either side. I always sit on Forbidden City side so I've never really asked.

                          1. re: Merry113

                            ditto but the other side has some tasty looking treats as well

                2. Happy Hill, just after the Centre Street bridge in the strip mall on the right, going north on Centre Street. Free parking. Dim sum is off the menu and I like the har gau (shrimp dumplings). Their specialy is the pan fried chicken bun - oh, so delicious! If you're early enough, you can get the congee special that comes with a small plate of soya noodles and a Hong Kong Milk Tea (lie char).

                  Give it a try!

                  1. Thanks for all your input - it looks like I've got a few new places to try this weekend!

                    1. Pine Lake in the basement beside the Telus building. Awesome dim sum that's off the menu and not on carts. Very underrated hidden gem. Haven't been there for quite a few months as my grandmom can't make it down the stairs anymore though so hopefully it hasn't changed.