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11/09 Gitlo's Dim Sum : Don't Bother

opinionatedchef Nov 15, 2009 02:01 PM

After a very good CH lunch at YoMa yesterday, we pulled over at the 'Dim Sum Bakery' sign to explore. (In my head,"wow, not having to deal w/ chinatown parking and lines on wkends; now wouldn't that be great". Well, 11 take out items later, the word is 'Not.'
The only excellent thing we had was the Sweet Potato Puffs; delicate Chinese versions of sfogliadele-like flaky lard pastry wrapped around a just-sweet-enough sweet potato filling. The red bean and taro (smoothie like) drink- was a great combo of 2 of my fav sweet savory flavors.
'Very good' was the char siu bao- steamed buns with a superior dark brown (not the usual bright red)pork filling. I wish they would make big versions and bake them.
'Pretty good' were the Shrimp hargow ,and the Cantonese shrimp pork chive dumplings.
Not worth ordering were the: Seaweed shrimp shiu mai;(tough) ; Bean curd skin shrimp rolls (tough);Taro spring rolls(none of the purported flavors); the lomein special (no sauce; no flavor ); Black bean pork spareribs over rice(tough; definitely not ' falling off the bone' as promised by the staffperson.

Maybe i'd stop by to get those 2 first excellent items, but otherwise I wouldn't bother going here again.

164 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

  1. ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2009 02:11 PM

    as this was a regular spot for me and The Kid when they first opened i've been disheartened to read of the downhill slide since the original chef left.

    but i am in love with the Bon Chon chicken across the street at Privus, i just wished they were open before 5pm.

    6 Replies
    1. re: ScubaSteve
      opinionatedchef Nov 15, 2009 02:38 PM

      steve, plse describe the dish!( i don't know this place either.)

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2009 03:39 PM

        all i can say is that it is the Best Fried Chicken i've ever had.
        super crispy/crunchy, delightful flavor, two sauces (garlic and spicy) that are so good i can't decide so i get both.

        this link is not for Privus but it may give you more detail:

      2. re: ScubaSteve
        bear Nov 15, 2009 02:55 PM

        Hey, SS, there still doesn't appear to be a menu listing for Privus' Bon Chon. Do you happen to remember a ball-park figure for pricing?

        1. re: bear
          ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2009 03:33 PM

          i think it was $18 for a medium which iirc was about 10 wings and 10 legs.
          so worth it.
          and the pickled daikon cubes they serve with are pretty good too.

          1. re: ScubaSteve
            barleywino Nov 15, 2009 04:06 PM

            (and they have a small portion which is about half the amount for half the price)

            1. re: barleywino
              ScubaSteve Nov 15, 2009 05:59 PM

              absolutely. but with the small order you have to pick a sauce so i always go bigger to get both.

      3. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 15, 2009 06:54 PM

        Too bad you never got there back when it was good.

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          Reed422 Nov 16, 2009 05:40 AM

          Worst dim sum I've ever had in my life. Everything tasted like it was previously freezer burnt and left in the steamer for about 20 minutes too long. I love dim sum why is it so hard to get right. Chau Chau ftw

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