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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!

              2. What about Dynasty on Bloor? My downtown roll-out-of-bed fav is Rol San. Doesn't get much more casual than that!

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

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                1. re: JennaBean

                  Is Dynasty on Bloor still open?

                  It was once quite good but in my opinion began its death spiral about 10 years ago.

                  A friend dragged me there a few years ago and we agreed that it was New Treasure quality at Casa Imperial prices.

                  We now refer to it as "Die Nastily on Bloor", no bicycle rquired.

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

                  New Treasure Restaurant
                  150 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C6, CA

                  1. re: sumdumgoy

                    AHAHAH that's very funny, but I have actually never had a bad experience there. I've eaten there probably 10 times in the last five years and while it doesn't rock my world (neither does Casa Imperial these days) it was far from the bad IMO.

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

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      I am no fan of Casa Imperial either.

                      Tasteless opulence to mask ordinary Dim Sum.

                      But do try Ka Lung in Times Square.

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