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Jul 27, 2010 12:20 PM

Where do Toronto expats go to get GOOD dim sum?

Where is the decent dim sum hiding? I live in Cambridge but am willing to drive. My kids are getting older and need to be initiated into this important family ritual, but I want them to eat the good stuff. It doesn't need to be Lai Wah Heen good, but at least competent by Toronto standards. Please don't say China Pearl or Hei La Moon. We've already been and it doesn't make the grade. Shangri-La in Belmont is decent for Northern Chinese dim sum, but I am specifically looking for Cantonese style. We've been waiting for our Toronto trips to eat good dim sum, but we don't go often enough. Thanks for any ideas!

Hei La Moon
88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

China Pearl Restaurant
288 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

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    1. Have you been to Chau Chow City?

      Chau Chow City
      81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. Boston is not known for excellent dim sum. China Pearl and Hei La Moon is the best we've got.

        Hei La Moon
        88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        China Pearl Restaurant
        9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: nasilemak

          my chinese friends think that toronto is a great place for dumplings. So, i do not know if there is a place that compares with this except LA, and then Toronto is said to be better.

          1. re: nasilemak

            Yikes. OK, I guess we'll either have to visit Toronto more often or learn to live without.

          2. my suggestion would be ... keep going to toronto.

            gitlo's in allston was the only good traditional dim sum i've encountered in boston, but reports are that it's taken a serious nose dive in the last year or two. and it's not the full-on carts & chaos experience anyway. i haven't been to hei la moon, but have found china pearl and chau chow city (and i think maybe one other in chinatown) to be pretty sub par, at least compared to what dim sum can be.

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            1. re: autopi

              I loved Gitlo's. I will not go there again. Toronto has amazing Chinese food. Very little here comes close.

              1. re: kimfair1

                Yeah, I was afraid you were going to say that :( But at least I can stop searching for the impossible now.

                1. re: little.tiger

                  You can drive to Flushings, NY like me which is a lot closer than Toronto; and also hit korean cuisine and bbq grill street carts while there.

            2. We don't have an equivalent to Mother's Dumplings, unfortunately, but on the other hand, I hear Mother's isn't what it used to be itself!