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Jan 12, 2010 05:39 AM

Yum Cha (Dim Sum) in Tokyo


any new developments as of 2010? Yokohama would also be acceptable if there is nothing in the city. What I'm looking for is a traditional cantonese eatery where you pay what you pick from the food carts, not some all you can eat. I went to Luk Yu last week -- something in this style would be nice. (Although they have no food carts but trays.)



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  1. We had a dim sum thread about a year ago, and the only place with carts that we found was Kowloon Tenshin, an all-you-can-eat place in Shinjuku Lumine Est that's gotten very mixed reviews.

    My favorite dim sum is at Sense in the Mandarin Oriental - it's very refined and creative, and it's also tabehodai, so maybe it's not what you're looking for. Chinaroom in the Grand Hyatt is also good (and also tabehodai), but perhaps the dim sum is slightly less adventurous.

    More traditional, and both excellent, are Parc Cafe (Ebisu) and Lohotoi (Shiroganedai). Lohotoi has a limited menu - maybe ten dim sum items plus noodle and rice dishes, and some of the staff speak only limited Japanese.

    Coxtop also used to be very good, but I haven't been in a few years.
    Some reviews are here:

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    1. re: Robb S

      I went to Coxtop a few months ago and it was pretty good. The atmosphere is interesting and we were the only ones there, they have a pretty full menu and the prices are reasonable for Tokyo dim sum. You'll have to order what you like, and then wait a bit for the food however.

      I made reservations at Sense for this Sunday - I'm looking forward to it very much.

      1. re: lost squirrel

        In the Hotel Keio Plaza, the Nan-En inside has a great great value lunch on week days at 2,500.-yens including 5 dishes with "Yum-Cha" and the atmosphere is very classy, different cantonese food, near the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Here the link :

      2. re: Robb S

        There's a place in Ebisu called Le Parc, which is pretty good. Wonder if that's same as Parc Cafe that you mention.

        Le Parc also has a location in Tachikawa station's ekibiru complex (Granduo). Although I have not eaten at that one myself, I'm sure it's similar to Le Parc in Ebisu.

        This place at Granduo is almost like a little Chinatown. It's a collection of ten or so different Chinese restaurants and tea places, pretty much taking up an entire floor. I've enjoyed everything I've had there. If you're in the Shinjuku area or anywhere along Chuo Line, it's much easier to get to than Yokohama Chinatown. Just 25min (one-shot train ride) from Shinjuku.

        I have heard very good things from people who've been to the dim sum place in Mandarin Oriental. I know that Peninsula has a dim dum place... I'm sure it's well-regarded, but I don't know much about it.

        1. re: chowmouse

          Oops, yes I meant Le Parc, not Parc Cafe.

        2. re: Robb S

          that looks nice (but prices are 200% of what i paid in central of course)

        3. just reserved mandarin oriental's sense for early February. if some of you guys is there before that, a review of the various dim sums would be highly appreciated.

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          1. re: Scharn

            Here's a detailed review of the menu from a month ago; I don't think it's changed that much:

            1. re: Scharn

              Please cancel your reservations, I had a terrible terrible time there yesterday. Of my party of 4 - each and every one of us was upset and disappointed over the whole debacle.

                1. re: Scharn

                  Looks like he/she made a whole thread on this, so you can read about it there.

                  1. re: Scharn

                    Yeah, sorry. I forgot to link to it!
                    I see you found it, but for others who come to this thread:

              1. I recall reading a JPN guide book about Tsukiji Fish Market (and environs) and there's a branch of Hong Kong's Fook Lum Moon around that area, where the shark's fins and other ingredients are imported from HK. I can get the address on Monday...

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                1. re: K K

                  Fook Lam Moon in Tokyo doesn't really do dimsum service per se, although their Y4850 (cheapest) prix-fixe lunch includes four dumplings along with several other courses.

                  1. re: Robb S

                    The guide did list that price, and it was not clear to me that it was a packaged course. That sucks. But thanks for the clarification.

                    What about a restaurant called "Taiwan Kaisen"? Which does not seem like a true Canto joint, but has dim sum type dumplings in steamers?

                      1. re: Robb S

                        台湾海鮮 東銀座店‎

                        It may be similar to FLM where you can only order packaged lunch w/some dim sum items but it seems more Taiwanese and Northern in nature than Cantonese yum cha.

                        e.g. Lunch C = 1260 yen
                        medicinal broth xiao long bao - 1575 yen
                        medicinal herbal hotpot - 4179 yen

                        If you copy and paste the name of the restaurant into there will not only be a map pinpointing the location but 39 reviews and a few pix.

                2. Are any of the dim sum places suitable for single diners? I'm guessing tabehodai is the way to go, since then one can try more varieties, but some tabehodai places don't like single diners.

                  Any suggestions?

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                  1. re: prasantrin

                    Both Sense and Chinaroom are in hotels, and hotels are especially nice to people dining alone.

                  2. I think that most "dim sum restaurants" I've tried first-hand in Japan have not been particularly impressive, compared to obviously the dim sum places in Hong Kong.

                    However, I've been to many Chinese restaurants in Japan that are not dim-sum places per se, but offer a few dim sum type items as appetizers or a la carte items. And some of those items have been very impressive. I've had har gows at random Chinese joints in Japan that were as good as ones at Hong Kong's Spring Moon or Victoria City.

                    For example, there's this place called Haien in Saitama ( - very good har gow, XLB, excellent yamucha set. Also there's a place called Crystal Jade in Kawasaki with XLB as good as the best you'll find in Hong Kong.

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                    1. re: chowmouse

                      The Crystal Jade is a Singapore-based with outlets all over Asia. The full name is Crystal Jade La Mien Xiao Long Bao, in case you were wondering what their specialty is. I think they're pretty good, especially in Singapore and HK.