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Dim Sum in Cincinnati?

thomtompkins Jan 1, 2010 10:12 AM

Does anyone know if you can get good Dim Sum in Cincinnati ?
I know that China Gourmet does good Chinese, but is there anything else?

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  1. JohnE O RE: thomtompkins Jan 2, 2010 05:26 AM

    Uncle Yi'p's in Sharonville (across from Sports Plus) has dim sum. It says so on the window. I've never been there so I can't vouch for the quality.

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      Niki in Dayton RE: JohnE O Jan 4, 2010 05:56 AM

      As far as I can tell, currently the only two places in Cinci with dim sum are Grand Oriental, on Fields-Ertel Rd near Montgomery, and Uncle Yip's. Pacific Moon, which used to be in Montgomery and moved to Newport on the levy, is now sadly closed. We ate at Uncle Yip's in early Dec. They have cart service now, and have mostly seafood based dim sum (although they have some traditional items, such as BBQ chicken feet, as well). It's good, but I have a friend with seafood aversions who can't find much to eat there and so prefers Grand Oriental. I like both, but neither are as good as Pacific Moon was before they moved....

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      johnbycz RE: thomtompkins Jan 4, 2010 05:57 AM

      Been to Uncle Yip's, and I really like it. Also been to Grand Oriental in the Fields-Ertel area. They are two different experiences. Grand Oriental is huge, and very busy, but sometimes you have to wait around for the cart to come your way. Uncle Yip's is smaller, and I thought the dim sum was better.

      The Enquirer had this article almost seven years ago.


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        Emm RE: johnbycz Jan 4, 2010 03:40 PM

        I haven't had the dim sum at Uncle Yips, but was underwhelmed with the one meal I did have there. Mostly I was surprised from the many glowing reviews at how worn and dingy the place was; the service was nothing to write home about, either.

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        intuitive eggplant RE: thomtompkins Jan 6, 2010 04:53 PM

        Metromix ran this round-up of dim sum places in late Dec. 2009:


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          Niki in Dayton RE: intuitive eggplant Jan 7, 2010 11:54 AM

          Excellent! I asked last year or so about dim sum in Cinci and got no replies. Any one tried Jan's Chinese, King Wok, or Chinese Imperial Inn?

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            rayzer RE: intuitive eggplant Sep 10, 2010 07:20 PM

            Being Chinese and lived in Toronto (where dim sum is served everyday) for 30 yrs and now moved here, I don't know how in the world Metromix can suggest some of these 'Dim Sum' restos.

            here's my ratings for dim sum dining only:
            Grand Oriental - Best so far I've tasted here, food was fresh and selection is okay, clientele Asian and Caucasians. Decor- Like an old Chinese palace.

            Uncle Yip's - don't know what the good reviews on this. very so-so, had to send back sticky rice cause it was bad, seems most of the food was frozen and resteamed. I could easily get Doll brand from CAM's and it would've taste much better. Clientele more Vietnamese and Mainland. Decor- needs some serious redecorating.

            Cathay Kitchen- So dissappointed!!This is totally NOT DIM SUM!!! I drove 1 hr to get here only to find about 5 dishes which were all from frozen. The waitress was even a bit embarrassed when I asked for other dishes (nope, sorry, no, don't have, sorry). They even charged tea for my 2 kids ($1.50 each)! Decor- they should redo this as a buffet. I think the previous owners sold cause it said best Chinese resto 4 yrs ago. I don't know how these new owners survive unless they own the building.

            Chinese Imperial Inn- Same road as Uncle Yip's. I haven't been but I went in on a Sat around 12:30 (they open at 11:30) not a soul except for the cook and probably the waiter which means not a good sign. But the list of dim sum is more than both Grand Oriental and Uncle Yip's and it's in Chinese as well. Decor- real hole in the wall. I'll have to give it a try though.

            King Wok and Jan's - have yet to try

            Let me know if there's anymore dim sum places around to try and I'll send in my report.

            Chinese Imperial Inn
            11042 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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              JohnE O RE: rayzer Sep 11, 2010 07:07 AM

              Thanks for the reviews. I frequently go to both the Blue Goose and Rockafella's Pizza which are both next to Chinese Imperial. I can honestly say I can't recall ever seeing anyone at the Imperial. I'm not sure how they stay in business.

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                rayzer RE: rayzer Nov 12, 2010 05:12 AM

                UPDATE: Went to Chinese Imperial Inn and it's actually not too bad. The dishes that are S, M, and L (small, med, and large) are all $2 each. The dim sum are pretty fresh means you have to order and then they will make them unlike some places (where I posted above) are pre-frozen and recooked. Decor is very run down but don't be intimidated by it. The cooked food ordered General Tao's and a Green bean dish were very good. As good as Toronto and New York places. Thank you.

                Chinese Imperial Inn
                11042 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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                  rayzer RE: rayzer Dec 16, 2010 05:25 AM

                  Update: New Dim Sum (DAO Modern Asian Cusine) in Mason. This is by far the BEST dim sum here in the Greater Cincinnati areas. Outbeats all the others I've tried hands down! The head chef came from NYC and learned his trade in Guangzhou, China. It's very authentic and fresh and all made by him. Food was not salty or overcooked. I can't believe the quality and freshness. Staff was very friendly. Also, if you Google the restaurant you'll get coupons like $5 off $25 or $10 off $40. This is my new fav spot every weekend! I'm just talking about the dim sum here but I've seen other reviews online but those are for their a la carte meals which I have tried and was okay. Dim Sum is another chef so it's not the same. You have to try it and let me know what you think.

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                    Niki in Dayton RE: rayzer Dec 20, 2010 06:01 AM

                    Hope it's better than Chinese Imperial Inn. We went there a few weeks ago based on your review above, and it wasn't good. We arrived about 11:30 on Sunday morning, we were the only folks there, we had to ask for the dim sum menu (we got a different menu to start) and the dim sim appeared to be all "heat and eat" and not freshly prepared. I'll try DAO Modern Asian though, and it's closer to Dayton, so that's a plus....

                    Chinese Imperial Inn
                    11042 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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                      rayzer RE: Niki in Dayton Jan 15, 2011 06:36 AM

                      Hi Niki,

                      Sorry for the late reply and sorry about your not-so good experience with CII. Since finding DAO, it is the only place I go for dim sum. It is by far the BEST dim sum in Cincy. Food comes out from steamer and are all fresh! Google on DAO and you'll get some coupons to use. Decor is modern contemporary with some Asian accents, service is prompt and friendly. Enjoy!

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              thomtompkins RE: thomtompkins Jun 4, 2010 09:07 AM

              thanks for the reply everyone. I didnt know about any of these so this really works out great for me. I moved from LA recently and i am missing my Sunday Dim Sum.

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