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Nov 15, 2009 02:01 PM

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

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

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: ScubaSteve

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

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        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

        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

          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

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

            1. re: barleywino

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

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

        1. 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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