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Good dim sum?

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OK, people in the "hated restaurants" thread were down on Pham's joint for dim sum. Dunno myself, never having been there. But where can you get *good* dim sum here?

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    1. I went to Jun Bo last Saturday. Most of their food is now ordered fresh, with a few carts. The food comes promptly, and solves the problem of cold food. I thought the food was very good, with very friendly servers.

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      Jun Bo
      7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

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      1. re: Haricotsv2

        This is a good change, I think. I haven't been to Jun Bo in a long, long, time, but I recall that I had the best luck with dishes I ordered directly, rather than those offered on the carts. That place is so cavernous, it seems as if they would have a hard time keeping food hot and fresh.

        ~TDQ

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to look them up.

          1. re: shadowfax

            Oh, I can't really say I recommend Jun Bo As dim sum goes, I can only say it's pretty mediocre, better than Mai Village (which I haven't been to in a couple of years). And it has been a couple of years since I've been to Jun Bo, too. Really, all I was trying to say that for Jun Bo, I think getting rid of the carts was a good idea.

            ~TDQ

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            Jun Bo
            7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

            Mai Village
            394 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

        2. re: Haricotsv2

          I've also been to Jun Bo recently. I would say that the dim sum is perfectly fine but not spectacular. Not as good as it was when they first opened, but certainly passable. They have a few carts going around, but Haricotsv2 is correct that most of the food is ordered and comes warm.

          I've not been to any other dim sum place in several years so it's hard for me to compare it to others. So it's hard for me to say if I would recommend it as a place to go for dim sum in the TC.

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          Jun Bo
          7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

          1. re: bob s

            Some of you may remember me -- I lived in the Twin Cities until early 2009, then moved to Los Angeles. There's a huge dim sum scene out here -- quite literally dozens of competitors, seven days/week. Interestingly, the top places (or places that wish to be perceived as such) are abandoning carts in favor of cooked-to-order service, while some cart places are trying to distinguish themselves with cheaper prices. Apparently, this is following a trend that started recently in Hong Kong.

            The Twin Cities doesn't have nearly the same variety or frequency of dim sum offerings, of course. However, I do agree that Yangtze was probably the closest in terms of quality. Some of Yangtze's dishes would stand up to the better places out in LA.

            I never made it to Mandarin Kitchen, though I heard there was some turmoil about a remodeling and change in the kitchen.

            Jun Bo isn't terrible, but it definitely doesn't measure up in terms of quality and flavor. My recollection is that Jun Bo relies pretty heavily on fried dishes, whereas dim sum out here is mostly of the steamed and baked variety.

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            Jun Bo
            7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

            Mandarin Kitchen
            8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

            1. re: Jordan

              Good to hear from you Jordan! Because of the carts, there was a little more variety than I remember from previous years in the areas of steamed dishes at Jun Bo.

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              Jun Bo
              7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

              1. re: Jordan

                I went to Hong Kong early last year, and went Yum Cha/Dim Sun a couple of times. They seemed to offer a combination of carts and ordered off the menu. Oh the varieties...

                I liked trying out the Shrimp Dumplings at the restaurants as a standard test, to see how thick they outside pastry is. Supposed to be thin and almost see through (but won't fall apart too easily), and many places dumplings pasty are too thick.

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                Hong Kong Restaurant
                7828 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420