Elite or Sea Harbour for dim sum?
I'm back from NY for christmas and I'm going to dim sum with some family on weds. I'm picking the place. I've been to elite and sea harbour and like both of them alot, but it's been a while since i've been to either and things always change, so anyone have strong feelings whether one is better than the other these days?
also, both of them have some good selection of interesting dim sum besides the usual selection (ha gow, siu mai etc) any suggestions?
Coke or Pepsi?
Really, can't go wrong with either.
I'm more of a Sea Harbour acolyte, so I'll give you some suggestions if you go there.
- Salted duck egg custard tart with fried taro root shavings
- Geoduck sashimi with diced ginger
- Shark's fin congee with conpoy shavings
- Shark's fin scallop dumplings
- Scallops wrapped in steamed tofu with a dried scallop XO sauce
- Fried rice balls with salty egg yolks
Enjoy wherever you end up!
yah i figured it was sort of a coke or pepsi debate, but i figured i might as well ask b/c its always possible a place goes downhill. thanks for the dish recs
im pretty excited, ny dim sum is mediocre even the best places are just decent. i havent had any good dim sum since july when i was in HK
So Sunday marked the most hilarious dim sum trip ever. Imagine the time is 2:10, it's pouring down rain, with me and the SO bombing down the 10 trying to get to sea harbour before it closes.
"It's 2:10 do you think we'll make it? What about Elite? They close at 3, we might fare better!"
So immediately we hit the Atlantic exit and make our way to Elite. We get there and it's 2:20p, pouring rain...and we still have to wait 15 minutes.
So 2:35 rolls around, we're seating in what appears to be a bridge table setup right next to a pillar in the middle of the dining area. Awkward seating arrangement, but no shock to any veteran of the asian-dining scene. Make note that this awkward table is setup right next to an large circular table.
So we put in our order. 7 items, the standards (no specials this time).
Pacing is freaking TERRIBLE. Multiple minute waits in between items, sometimes we would just sit there and twiddle our thumbs. Yes I'm aware this probably had to do with us coming in at closing - we in fact got the last order of xiu mai. But all in all bearable since we were so freaking hungry.
sticky rice - OMG I have no idea what they do to their sticky rice here, but they are AWESOME. I can't explain it, it's just a gooey messy pile of awesome.
Egg Tarts - delicious crust, soft supple egg interior, but the GF is freaked out by how neon yellow they are.
Fried Taro Cake - we usually hate these, but the filling here was very good and the exterior quite crunchy. Good textural balance but kind of oily.
Golden Cream Buns - the filling was AMAZING when the SO opened one up, but the bun was a little raw. Made the damn thing disgusting (on the bottom) so the SO had to rip out the uncooked bun parts and dip the good parts of the bun into the golden cream.
The other items we had were good and have been mentioned dozens of times.
Now for the UGLY
So 2:45 rolls around. Plates of food start coming out to the table next to us - big family style plates. 5 minutes later, the cooks start rolling out. Yes, the cooks are having lunch right next to us. They're loud, and numerous, and clearly enjoying their break. The waitresses take up the table to our left...and the waiters take up the table behind us.
Service drops to non-existant levels. We straight up felt a little unconfortable eating next to all of them, so we just wrapped up our meal as quick as possible and boned out.
So the meal was pretty decent, we got our dim sum fix in but the food definitely suffered due to our timing, and the service aspect was a huge turn off as well. We'll go back to Elite because some of their food items are ridiculously good, but never again will we go back near closing time.
4* food, 2* service.
Its not uncommon for the staff at a chinese restaurant to start their meals late in the afternoon or late in the evening towards the very end of service. Keep in mind they get a mere 2 hours break before service picks up again at 5pm. The alternative is for the entire staff to wait until you finish before they can have their meal? That's not really an option if you think about it. It doesn't bother me. As long as all my food has arrived, the only thing I need after that is someone to settle my tab and that should have been easy since they were all sitting so close to you.
Pacing is freaking TERRIBLE. Multiple minute waits in between items, sometimes we would just sit there and twiddle our thumbs.
The pacing you describe sounds like business as usual even if you get there early.
Took me one time arriving at a dim sum restaurant an hour before closing never to do it again. This was a cart place and they were down to the bare bones as far as offerings.
I've seen that table you sat at and always thought it was an after-thought.
I used to frequent this place in Chinatown and when they were busy I'd get seated at the big table where the help would eat. If they were having their break meal they'd let me dig in and have what they were eating too.
I prefer elite but the gf is allergic to peanuts (which they put in the chicken feet @ elite) soooo we go to sea harbour.