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Best Dim Sum in not too fancy surroundings.

So, I want to take my GF's family out for Dim Sum. Her parents have taken us out for many many dinners and I'd like to return the favour. I want the best quality Dim Sum, in a modest dinning room.

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  1. where were you looking to go? Uptown/downtown?

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    1. re: ekim256

      I can do either. The deciding factor will be the place with the best nosh.

      1. re: haggisdragon

        hmm
        More people will have input for sure - there are plenty of dim sum vets here. There's a lot of debate on the board about great dim sum.
        Downtown, I'd choose Crown Princess for their $3.10 deal before 11AM. If that is too pricey, there's Rol San but the service & quality at Crown Princess would probably be better for a GF-family meal in my opinion. It looks a little fancy compared to other dim sum places, but I wouldn't call it "too fancy" by any means.

        Uptown, I like Century Palace. It's not fancy at all but I've enjoyed dim sum there. I'm usually taken to dim sum by friends, and that's the only place whose name I can recall unfortunately.

        I was really pleased with Crown Princess though, as you saw from my other post. For a SO-family date, I'd go there.

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        Rol San
        323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

        Crown Princess
        1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

        1. re: ekim256

          Yeah I was thinking of Crown Princess, but we went for a test run there a couple of weeks ago and the GF ruled it was definitely too fancy for her folks! I don't care about the price BTW, if it were up to me we'd be going to Lai Wah Heen.

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          Lai Wah Heen
          108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

          Crown Princess
          1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

    2. I would suggest 'Kar Lun Court', second floor, Times Square.

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Thanks for the suggestion Charles, I recall you gave a favourable review of Kar Lun Court a while back.

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Where is this located, I'm not familiar with "Times Square"?

          1. re: detritus

            Highway 7 and Leslie I believe.

        2. Casa Imperial (Dim Sum - Fine Chinese Cuisine) - 4125 Steeles Ave E
          Scarborough - (416) 756-2788 - www.casaimperial.ca
          Among the best... if not the best.

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          Casa Imperial
          4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

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          1. re: lamaranthe

            OP mentioned 'modest' surrounding.
            IMO, all the Casas are a bit too fancy amongst the regular favourites. BTW, I've noticed quality of Casa Imperial wasn't as good as before. In fact Yang's better in quite a few dishes.

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            Casa Imperial
            4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I've also found the service at Casa Imperial to be a bit lacking if you're not a "regular" - the hostess can be a bit snooty...

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              Casa Imperial
              4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

          2. Downtown - Rol San (may be too modest), Uptown - venerable Sam Woo Seafood in Scarborough.

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            Rol San
            323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

            Sam Woo Seafood
            325 Bamburgh Cir, Scarborough, ON M1W 3Y1, CA

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            1. re: T Long

              Haven't been to Sam Woo and Dragon Dynasty for a 'Long' time!! Is Sam Woo still good??!

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              Dragon Dynasty
              2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8, CA

              Sam Woo Restaurant
              660 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5R3V2, CA

            2. We had a dim sum dinner last week at Rol San and it was really good. The vibe was lively, the service was almost hilarously friendly (but a bit distracted) and the food was delicious. We ordered a selection of dim sum plus a vegetable dish and hot and sour soup. Unlike places with dim sum carts, the dishes we got were hot and fresh. I thought the hot and sour soup was sort of iffy, but I liked everything else. The place is definitely not fancy, but it isn't dire either. Sort of middlish.

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              Rol San
              323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

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              1. re: Nyleve

                Had Dim Sum at Ka Lung Court today for the first time.

                It is located on the second floor at the west end of the bridge between the 2 Times Square buildings.

                Found the wait staff friendly and welcoming.

                We had: Har Gau, Siu Mai, Pan fried turnip cake, shrimp wrapped in bean curd skin, congee w/shredded chicken, shrimp avocado rolls, pan fried shrimp patties and mango/sago pudding.

                Our bill for 3 people was $23.50 inc. tax, the dishes (S, M & L) were $2.30 each and tea is 80 cents/person and as Charles says "not bad at all". While I liked everything, the congee and bean curd sheet wrapped shrimp were standouts.

                I intend to return on at least a weekly basis to work through the menu, but will always get 1 or 2 orders of the bean curd shrimp that I will not share! I drizzle them with chili oil (not the worcestershire supplied) and bliss out in gastronomic nirvana.

                There are a number of menu items rarely seen on the typical Dim Sum card and I forsee a long and happy relationship with Ka Lung Court.

                Once again, thank you Charles!