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Early Bird Dim Sum

Does anyone know of any good early bird weekend dim sum specials?

I've been going to:

Paridise and Crown Prince ($2.75 before 11am)

Rich Land Chinese Cuisine ($2.50 before 11:30am)

This lower price option seems to be a new trend with even the higher end restaurants. Are there any other good ones to share?

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Early Bird Restaurant
2 Merritt St, St Catharines, ON L2T1J3, CA

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

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  1. I suggest you call Casa Imperial 4125 Steeles Ave E - Scarborough - (416) 756-2788
    www.casaimperial.ca -- Their dim sum is exceptional

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

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    4360 Boul Des Sources, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H8Y3B7, CA

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    1. re: lamaranthe

      i don't think casa imperial has early bird.

      Crown Prince at Vic Park and McNicoll does.
      And same with Emperor.
      Both are uptown and very good.

      A cheaper option is Full House at Midland and Finch. It is $1.80 or $2 all day and belongs to same fanily as Casa.

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      Crown Prince
      3600 Victoria Park Ave, North York, ON M2H 3B2, CA

      1. re: caitlink

        Caitlink - Is the Full House ur talking about the same one listed on the site located on Hwy 7 in Richmound Hill? I did a search on Google and I couldn't find the Full House on Midland and Finch. Do you have an exact address?

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        Full House Restaurant
        328 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3P7, CA

        1. re: Asianfoodlover23

          Not on highway 7. It's at the corner of midland and finch. Right next to the Vietnamese pho place and dollar store. Same plaza where there is a Macs and Pizza hut.
          We were just there last weekend again. Very busy.

          1. re: caitlink

            Thanks Caitlink! One more ? regarding Full House. Is that price ($1.80 - $2.00) limited to certain hours or is it good all day? Is it good on weekends too? Will be in TO next month so please let me know. Thanks

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            Full House Restaurant
            328 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3P7, CA

            1. re: Asianfoodlover23

              $2 all day weekend plus tea charge. I think it's $1.80 weekday but no sure.
              Har gow for $2 is great deal compared to Casa Victoria. That's why we alternate between economical and fancy dim sum.
              Steamed spare ribs with rice,shrimp rice roll and the fancy 'shark fin' soup dumpling are all $2 as well although keep your expectations low for the shark fin :-)
              Do not expect fine dining quality but good value and food for that price.
              We also like the stir fried sticky rice for $4. They have lunch menu for noodles and rice.
              My next try will be Golden Crown as per Charles' rec.
              Let me know what u think after your visit.

          2. re: Asianfoodlover23

            Full House in R.H. has closed, pretty sure about that.

            Dragon Boat in R.H. also has an early bird, before 11am, weekday only though I think.

            http://www.dragonboatcuisine.ca/prodd...

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            Full House Restaurant
            328 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3P7, CA

            1. re: aser

              Just visited Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine this weekend for early bird - it's $2.80 before 11am for the small, medium and large sizes only (not XL!), and cash only.

              Kinda disappointed as I had wanted to have the rice roll with sweet crueller (牛脷酥腸粉) which foursquare said they had - but it wasn't on their ticking sheet anymore.

              1. re: jennjen18

                How's this place nowadays?! Stopped going there after finding the floor dirty and sticky as well as other cleanness issue!

                1. re: jennjen18

                  Well, it's a new ownership. The old group/chefs are over at Skyview Fusion at the plaza just south of Costco at Woodbine & 407.

                  1. re: Chester Eleganté

                    Hay!! CE!! Long time no hear!! How are things?
                    Thanks for the heads up! Skyview Fusion's dinner is so over-priced! Have you been?? They actually charge their giant lobster at $21.88 per pound!! And I though O Mei's $20 is expensive!!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Hey Chuck, I went a couple of times and the quality is still pretty good like before. Didn't get the lobster, and the prices do sound excessive considering how much lobster costs have dropped. But, they've always had higher-end prices.

            2. re: caitlink

              Oh I did not enjoy Full House at all the food was subpar. I just feel like it has less choices than szechuan legend (which is less than a block away) and the things that are the same Full House does it blander.

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              Full House Restaurant
              328 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3P7, CA

          3. Sam Woo Seafood - $2.30 for SML before 11:30 am M - F; before 11:00am week-ends & holidays.

            1. Might I suggest Chili Secret or Szechaun Legend? Both locations are ~$2 all day and serve very similar items in taste and variety. Chili Secret is a lot more comfortable though so I would choose that location. And great service either way.

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              Szechuan Legend
              3280 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

              Chili Secret
              9021 Leslie, Thornhill, ON L3T7N5, CA

              1. Why not 'Golden Crown Dynasty Cuisine' or 'Kar Lun Court' in Richmond Hill which I reviewed recently?! Good quality. Starts at 8.00am. All dim sum $2.30 across the board.

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                1. re: Charles Yu

                  out of golden crown and kar lun - which do u prefer? And is it $2.30 all day?

                  1. re: caitlink

                    Prefer Golden Crown more because of the diversify menu.

                    Kar Lun is all day but Golden crown only applies to 8.00 to 12.00 and 2.00 to 4.00.

                    Both places have dishes that were excuted well and dishes that flop!

                2. Spring Villa on Woodbine - early bird until 11am on weekends

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                  1. re: Ruth

                    I believe the threshold is 10:45am, not 11am.. all you have to do is get your order card in, and they'll stamp that you ordered everything before 10:45am, and that you'll be eligible for the discount.. which is a fixed price (I can't remember) for everything!

                  2. I second szechuan legend, you don't even need to wake up at an ungodly hour it's 1.80 (or about) till 3.

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                    1. re: AngelSanctuary

                      IMO Chili Secrets is much better than Szechuan legend. My GF and I were fans of Szechuan legend a while ago until we noticed quality go down. We tried out Chili Secrets and we like it much much better. Restaurant is also a lot nicer.

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                      Chili Secret
                      9021 Leslie, Thornhill, ON L3T7N5, CA

                    2. Is there a more recent updated list?

                      From what I've read (on this board, and on other websites), Ka Lung Court is now closed down and someone else stated a couple of weeks ago that Golden Crown appeared to be closed down as well.

                      Another website indicated that Rich Land no longer offers the early-bird special, but 20% off all day.

                      Another thread also stated Crown Princess no longer offered the early bird as well.

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

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                      1. re: LearningHow

                        Just came back from Szechuan Legend today for the first time. Dim sum was pleasant. Service was decent. Didn't have to wait too long considering it was the long weekend. I like the antique furniture used in the restaurant. The food was okay. It didn't blow me away but it wasn't too oily either. It's good for the price though. It's 1.98 during the weekdays and 2.20 for the weekends plus the cost of tea.

                      2. Since my mom has been here to visit we have been going for dim sum every week for the past few weeks. Wanted to post some more recent reviews:

                        Grand Chinese cuisine - reliable food, good service, calm environment. Really like the fried squid, sticky rice, and steamed pork buns. The har gow filling is good but their dumpling skins are a bit thick. Siu Mai is also very good. Rice rolls are decent but again are a bit thick. No early bird here.

                        Shangri la - service was rushed given the chaos at early bird (before 11am). Decent selection of dim sum but unfortunately the food was not very good, especially given the chaos and food ended up sitting at the station and cooling down for a long time before being brought out. The egg tarts and squid were inedible. Would not visit again.

                        Brilliant Chinese cuisine - no early bird here but they gave us 10% off (didn't seem to have time limit). Really not necessary to have early bird discounts here as the food was fairly inexpensive. Service was fine but the decor was not as nice as others, however the food more than made up for this. Everything was fresh and steaming hot. Nice thickness in dumpling skins and rice rolls. Siu Mais were very good as well but didn't love the filling in the steamed pork buns.

                        Spring villa - definitely the busiest of all the early bird places we have been to. Got there around 9:50 and waited around 10 mins to be seated which was not bad. Good selection and the food was fantastic. Everything was really fresh and steaming hot. Standouts included fried squid, beef short ribs, har gow, Siu Mai, fried shrimp balls, and vegetable dumplings. Amazing value with the early bird pricing ($47 for 12 dishes including tea, taxes and tip). Would definitely visit again even if it meant we'd have to go really early or really late to get a table.

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                        Grand Chinese Cuisine
                        655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W1J3, CA

                        Brilliant Chinese Restaurant
                        7220 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON L3R0N4, CA

                        Shangri-la
                        50 Esna Park Drive, Markham, ON L3R 1E1, CA

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                        1. re: cutehinano

                          Mmmmm. Where exactly on Woodbine is Spring Villa?

                          1. re: Yongeman

                            Spring Villa Chinese Cuisine:

                            7301 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON
                            (905) 940-2888

                            Intersection of Woodbine/Denison (just north of Steeles Avenue).

                          2. re: cutehinano

                            Maybe they don't have it anymore. But two months ago, we went to Brilliant and they had 20% early bird discount if you leave before 11am. Maybe it was just an anniversary special. But did not find dim sum to be impressive. Enjoy it for dinner but dim sum I would rate 3/5.

                            For value for money dim sum, I would go to Full House (Midland & Finch) next to the Pho place. It is the sister restaurant for Casa Imperial (most sizes are $2, I think). And stirfry noodles (smaller portions) are $6. But it is very busy and crowded. Lots of regulars.

                            Another one would be the new banquet place at Peachtree (Kennedy & 7) inside the mall. Early bird before 11am is $2.30. And they have stirfry noodle specials as well.

                            For splurge, I actually prefer Casa Victoria. We tried Lai Wah Heen but everyone came away hungry.

                            Fancy early bird discount - we used to go to Crown Prince (Victoria Park and McNicoll). And Paradise (Leslie & Finch). Paradise is our favorite - $2.80 if you order before 11am, I think.

                            1. re: caitlink

                              Went to Brilliant recently for dinner and the manager mentioned the 20% off dim sum discount. So it is still live.

                              1. re: caitlink

                                Were you at Brilliant on a weekday? I vaguely remember seeing that the discount was 20% off for weekdays and 10% off for weekends.

                                It's possible that the horrendous food at Shangri-la made Brilliant seem significantly better to us by comparison.

                                1. re: cutehinano

                                  I was actually there for dinner and the manager was trying to bump their dim sum promotion to my family and I. He just said 20% off but didnt' specify it whether it was an all week promotion or limited to weekdays.
                                  the last few times i've had shangri-la its been pretty good, especially the 'korean' short ribs ... might've been an off day?

                            2. Da Fu (Steeles/Middlefield) $2.1 and tea is free. The dim sum is average.

                              1. Went to Very Fair (on Finch, between Midland and Kennedy) on the weekend w/my mom and she told me if we went before 11am, it'd be fixed price dim sum. Food was good -- tried the herbal chicken's feet and my mom told me to drink the sauce as it was full of good herbally things (goji berries too). They charge for tea though.

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                                1. re: jennjen18

                                  Will be in TO next month. Can someone give an update on early bird dim sum places? Are prices still the same? Any new places? Thanks!

                                  1. re: Asianfoodlover23

                                    If you happen to be 'up-north' and quality of food is your criteria, then I would suggest Crown Prince'. For a few cents more than their competitors, quality is better. Not to mention the ambiance and decor.
                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856763

                                2. Does anybody know if Sam Woo is still offering early bird dim sum and at what price? We would like to try it

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                                  1. re: loodle

                                    Sam Woo Seafood has early bird dim sum @ $2.50. per dish. Cutoff is 11:00 am on weekends, 11:30 am weekdays

                                    1. re: T Long

                                      Update: The early bird was increased to $2.70. Not that it matters now, because as of late July 2013, Sam Woo Seafood has closed permanently. Renovations currently undergoing at the location, but no indications what kind of new operation will be coming. I'm going to miss SWS. Btw, for fans of SWS's special dim sum list, some of the items have been introduced at their sister operation, Sam Woo BBQ in the same mall.

                                      1. re: T Long

                                        Went to Sam Woo BBQ today, the cashier said they are not related to the SWS. No dim sum either. Walked by the Century Palace and they were quite busy on a Friday afternoon.

                                        1. re: smfan

                                          Sam Woo BBQ does not serve dim sum, but they do have a special sheet of small items that is almost identical to the sheet that the former SWS had with their dim sum. Stuff like wild grain fried rice, steamed papaya, pickled pork feet, etc as I recall. These appeared at SW BBQ at the same time as SWS's demise. Despite what the cashier said, the two Sam Woo's did have a common owner. Apparently a new restaurant will take over SWS's former space, but it has no connection to the Sam Woo's.

                                          1. re: T Long

                                            The new restaurant that will replace SWS will be named "Crown Jewel Fine Dining"...a sign just went up. No idea at all whether it's related to the local Crown Prince triumbrant or just a similar naming rip-off....I guess time will reveal all. Renovations are ongoing.

                                            1. re: T Long

                                              Apparently the "Crown Jewel Fine Dining" has no connection to the Crown Prince triumbrant of restaurants. Newly opened on 26 Sept 2013 after about 2 months of renovations, it falls between mid and high end for Chinese restaurants...perhaps a bit more "fancy" than the previous Sam Woo Seafood. Walls are still not decorated and some light fixtures not installed...so the opening has probably been rushed. They have early bird (order before 11:00 am) dim sum (S/M/L) for $2.80 per dish.

                                              1. re: T Long

                                                Does early bird only apply to weekdays? How about weekends?

                                                1. re: jennjen18

                                                  Advertised as Monday to Sunday....

                                                  Attached the dim sum and "specials" menu.

                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                  2. My current dim sum go-to in Spadina Chinatown is La Casita Chinese Eatery on Dundas, near Beverley. $2.30 for SML items nearly all day (9:00am - 4:00pm). It's a basement location, but still a clean and comfortable setting.

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                                      1. re: T Long

                                        Tell us more about La Casita! I walk by it all the time.. what's good and solid there?

                                        1. re: jennjen18

                                          I think La Casita only opened this year. We have only tried the dim sum so far, but hope to try more of their menu later. The dim sum is just standard quality, but good value for the price. I always order beef tripe, chicken feet, and Char Siu bun (steamed) as a test of a new dim sum place. The chicken feet were just adequate, but the tripe and especially the bun got a thumbs up from me. Unlike many other dim sum places, the dishes seemed likely to be made in-house and had more of a home-made quality to them....which may not be such a plus for some, but I liked that. So good grub at a good price in clean looking surroundings in downtown Chinatown. We normally have dim sum closer to home in the burbs, but when downtown, we have gone to the Crown Princess or Dynasty in Yorkville as well as Rol San in Chinatown. We liked them all, but they all have different aspects and price points to be considered. Hope that helps! Oh, and La Casita may have the cleanest washrooms in Chinatown in recent memory. Also free WiFi.

                                          1. re: T Long

                                            Great tip thanks! Will try soon and report back.

                                            1. re: T Long

                                              Awesome news. Will try today, actually, and report back. :)

                                              1. re: T Long

                                                Went to La Casita today. Had siu mai, beef tendon, chiu chow dumpling, char siu bao, chicken bao, steamed beef balls, and green pepper beef black bean stir fried rice noodles. It is very good value for the price and it does have a home-made quality ie not too salty or loaded with MSG. Thanks TLong.

                                            2. re: T Long

                                              Apparently the $2.30 for SML pricing is just for weekdays (9:00am - 4:00pm), and does not apply on weekends and holidays....sorry for not catching that earlier.

                                              1. re: T Long

                                                Also wanted to say thanks for the recommendation. Very good portions for the price (even their weekend and holiday pricing is quite reasonable compared to other restaurants) - ordered a $6 plate of noodles with our dim sum and had to take most of it home, completely filling our rectangular styrofoam container.

                                                The taro cakes were chock full of taro pieces, and the best I've had in recent memory. Other items were decent and not overly greasy (a common pitfall of dim sum). Pumpkin corn congee was unique. Not sure if this is standard or a welcome gift, but tea and lychee jello were free. Cordial service. Will return.

                                                1. re: neighborguy

                                                  Royale at 668 Midland Ave. $2.8 for SML before 11AM. $1.3 tea charge per person. The place is hugh. Very nice decor. Good service. You won't have problem getting a table. Not loaded with MSG.

                                                    1. re: Scrunchions

                                                      Don't think it's available weekends. Went to Royale last week. Place is huge and no need to wait for table. Think size of Ruby. Service was pretty good.
                                                      Only issue is because place is huge - it may take longer than other places to get your food (steamed to order).

                                                      So far best that I've had is Yangs at Leslie and 7. Not available weekends.

                                                      One place that has dim sum for $2.80 on weekends is Vince (Kennedy and Denison). Decent quality.

                                                      1. re: caitlink

                                                        Agree. Yangs is the best for Early Bird.

                                                        1. re: caitlink

                                                          Did early bird at Leslie Yang's and Dragon Boat Fusion ( twice) over the past few weeks.

                                                          Taste wise Yang's was generally above average although there were some misses for me, but overall I enjoyed Dragon much more.

                                                          The main negative of Dragon: by 930am-ish on weekdays one has to Q and wait for tables. Arriving after 10am, the chance of getting a table before 11am ( early bird cutoff time) is not very hopeful from my observation.

                                                      2. re: smfan

                                                        Are you talking about the Royale on Silver Star Blvd...the old StarWalk place?

                                                        1. re: T Long

                                                          Yes. Massive Har Gow & Siu Mai.

                                                          1. re: smfan

                                                            May be I should get a Har Gow take-out from Premier and compare sizes with your Royale?! Looks like establishment with superlative names also like to promote super size Dim Sums?!

                                                    2. Global Imperial at Glen Watford Drive. $2.6 on weekdays. $2.9 on weekends. $1 tea charge. No fancy decor. I think they upcycled chairs and tables from previous establishment. No nice food presentation. No gluey sauce for chicken feet. Their dim sum remind me of those in the 80's Hong Kong .

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                                                      1. re: smfan

                                                        That place is huge...any line-ups for a table?

                                                        1. re: T Long

                                                          I went around 130pm. Half full.