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Cathay house vs Orchids garden - please help...

I love dim sum. Grew up in LA and lived in NY, this is probably one of my favorite things to eat...
I'll be in LV with 3 beloved people in 2 weeks...we will be arriving early Fri morning and either wanted to do dim sum fri or sat morning.

I know dim sum is usually better on weekends- has anyone had experience at either place on weekend vs weekday and at the two places mentioned? I have done my research and these two seem to be at the top of the list based on posts from 2009.

Any new relevant info would be very much appreciated! thanks for all your help and can't wait to grub well those 3 days. Oh and we are all very adventurous eaters so any specific info on unique items would be great! THANKS!!

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  1. I've visited both of those restaurants and even though Cathay House is closer to me I alway chose Orchids over Cathay, or Ping Pang Pong or Chang's or any other dim sum place in Vegas.

    Do I think it's the best dim sum in Vegas? No. Actually, I think it's the least objectionable. I grew up in Los Angeles and learned about dim sum in 1973. I would go to Chinatown of someplace in the San Gabriel Valley at least once a month. I love dim sum. When I moved here, I tried every Chinese restaurant serving dim sum looking for at least one who made it well. None do. At best, they are all mediocre.

    If you're coming to Las Vegas to eat dim sum because the community you live in doesn't have any dim sum restaurants, I would recommend Orchid Garden. Ping Pang Pong is also good albeit a bit more expensive.

    If you're coming to Las Vegas to eat dim sum because you are looking to eat GOOD dim sum, rent a car and take your beloved friends to Chinatown in Los Angeles and go to Ocean Seafood. You won't find find good dim sum in Vegas.

    BTW, here's a discussion thread and a list of all the restaurants in Las Vegas serving dim sum.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6492...

    Good luck,

    Andy

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    Cathay House Restaurant
    5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

    Ping Pang Pong
    4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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    1. re: shamu613

      awesome thanks for your reply- we'll be flying in from denver so i'm sure vegas dim sum is probably on par with the offerings here... i know LA specifically SGV does it best. i've had luck in flushing in ny as well.

      we are mostly looking to do dim sum in vegas because we don't get together often earlier than 3 so our trip to vegas would be a good opportunity to be able to dine during the brunch hours together...

    2. Hi,

      We also love dim sum and have tried various places in Vegas. In my opinion, Cathay House has really gone downhill over the years and I would not go there, we weren't impressed, we thought the place was dirty, the service was inattentive and the food just OK.

      We were really impressed with Orchid Garden. Traditional cart service, lots of variety, never have to wait long to be served. Would definitely go back there again. They have cart service all day.

      Ping Pang Pong is also really great. A smaller selection of dishes than Orchids Garden, but I would say they have the best (most delicious) food. They also have wonderful tea. They only serve dim sum for lunch (lunch hours).

      Enjoy!

      Michelle

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      Cathay House Restaurant
      5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

      Orchids Garden
      5485 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

      Ping Pang Pong
      4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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      1. re: Michelle

        thank you so much for your helpful post!!

        i was under the assumption based on research that cathay house was better. we will definitely be going to orchid's garden now!

        i'm interested in hitting ping pang pong as well. seems to be very well received on this board...

        1. re: liveloveat34

          I have not been to Cathay House and never had a chance to try PingPangPong. However, two of my go to Dim Sums whenever I visit are Orchids Garden which has "all day dim sum" and Chang's on Decatur. I am happy with both. The last time I was at Chang's, they ran out of yellow mustard. It was very, very disappointing.
          Please let us know after you've tried your preferred restaurant.

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          Cathay House Restaurant
          5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

          Orchids Garden
          5485 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

          1. re: selfportrait93

            oh i definitely will post back. i love the hot mustard sauce eso with my dim sum so i would be very disappointed as well if the restaurant ran out!

            does anyone know if any dim sum place has jellyfish? it's a cold plate that usually has pickled radishes and carrots with it....

        2. re: Michelle

          Just a note, get to PPP early. By 2:30, their carts are almost bare...and they're not willing to make more.

        3. Cathay House changed ownership about 2 years or so ago and some of their recipes changed. Their fried shrimp wontons became larger but less flavorful as an example.

          Orchids Garden has stayed the same and has noticeably surpassed Cathay. Their shu mai is good, fried shrimp wontons are now the same as Cathay House before Cathay "improved" it and sometimes their duck and clams are excellent. You only have to avoid the tripe which did not taste properly cleaned and their taro which is amazingly bad. Almost everything else on the menu is at least palatable.

          Overall, I agree with the comments about dim sum in Vegas not being that great. Orchid has about 6 different price stamps and if you avoid ordering a lot of items from the enclosed glass cart you can stay under $20 for 2 people. For the money it's not bad.

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          Cathay House Restaurant
          5300 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

          Orchids Garden
          5485 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

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          1. re: masstech

            ah i'm guessing it will be on par with what i've seen in denver and surroundings. we went to check out a place last weekend that was said to be one of the top places. was not impressed at all. it made our usual dim sum place look stellar, which compared to CA or NY would be average.

            I made reservations to Raku so i'm excited for that!!!!

            1. re: liveloveat34

              Raku is an excellent choice. When they show you their special menu on the blackboard, ask for prices.
              And since we are on the subject of small plates/ dishes, you may also want to try Firefly for Spanish Tapas. They have 2 restaurants, one in downtown and the other on Paradise Rd.

              1. re: selfportrait93

                funny i was looking at firefly today...also lindo michoacan. there are so many places i want to try! hot and juicy too. so little time!

            2. re: masstech

              Was there today...with stuffed crabs bill was $21.00. Had eight courses. LOVED the selection and the wait staff was very, very nice. In fact much nicer than the staff at Ping Pang Pong.

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              Ping Pang Pong
              4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

            3. made it back last night- highlight of the trip was Raku....
              -half and half tofu was one of my favorites as well
              -juicy deep fried chicken melted in my mouth contrasting well with the crunchy salty skin
              -poached egg with uni was tasty even though it was a bit slimy
              -loved the meat intestine skewer
              -kobe beef with wasabi was cooked to perfection and had a great beefy flavor
              -sashimi salad was a hit all around
              wish i was able to sample more- only complaint was that service was really really slow.

              wasn;t able to hit a dim sum place this weekend, did get some pho at pho saigon 8. not bad but prices were definitely higher than what i'm used to seeing for pho.

              will be back to vegas soon- next time will hit hot and juicy crawfish and bouchon! thanks guys for all your input. i'll be trying orchid garden and ping pang pong too...

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              1. re: liveloveat34

                >did get some pho at pho saigon 8. not bad but prices
                >were definitely higher than what i'm used to seeing for pho.

                That's pretty much endemic to Las Vegas. The local newspaper coined a term for the phenomenon called the Little Rock Surcharge. As concerts tour the country, they tank in Little Rock <substitute name of favorite town here> and figure they'll just raise ticket prices in Las Vegas to make up for the deficiency. Promoters figure that most attendees are tourists who don't care how much they pay. (Gee! Do we see anything similar taking place in restaurants on the Strip?) Anyway, because some locals also attend the touring concerts, the Little Rock Surcharge trickles its way down the local economy into dry cleaning, car washing, pho and most fast food outlets.

                Welcome to the seedy little secret of Las Vegas.