Ping Pong Dim Sum?
I have not yet been because I am imagining it to be an overpriced, overtrendy, attempted "twist" on dim sum. I am kind of obsessed with good dim sum and good dumplings. For those travelling to Seattle or Vancouver, I recommend that you make some time for dim sum!
But a friend has arranged a group dinner there for Saturday night and I would love to hear recommendations from others as to what is good (or what to stay away from)!
I am not expecting Ping Pong to resemble the traditional dim sum experience at all (but maybe I'm wrong?). Recommendations on drinks would be great as well!
I've only been twice (for happy hour), but the only thing I've had that I'd recommend is the char sui pork buns.
I would say that I found it very difficult to distinguish among the various food items. I'm not sure how one makes shrimp taste like pork and vice versa, but they do it - and I don't mean that in a complimentary way!
Go simple. As simple as possible. Not because fancy stuff is bad, but because it all melds into each other anyway.
It totally does not resemble a dim sum experience! If you tell yourself it's not dim sum, you may be less disappointed. Convoluted, but it often works for me (i.e. this is not really a bagel anyway, it's just a roll with a hole in it).
There were a few tasty items, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were- so what does that say?
I do, however, remember the cocktail with champagne, strawberry puree and balsamic vinegar. Yum.
re: chicken kabob
Overall I feel most of the dishes taste exactly a like. But the 2 dishes (or drink and dish) I mentioned above are good. I know a lot of people find themselves at this place for group birthday parties etc.
They are now opening a 2nd location across from my apartment building in Dupont. Honestly if it's up to me I would have chosen another restaurant to go in there.
Alas, I did not enjoy my experience at Ping Pong; it seemed like a trendy place to go, but no great value otherwise. We were there for a birthday dinner with a total of 10 people, and we all knew that we were a large crowd and tried to make it easy on the waitstaff. But they apparently didn't want to make it easy: sent 3 different servers to our table, not all at the same time, had us fill out several sheets to order, got everything wrong, missed a dish, and didn't get everyone's drink order.
This wasn't opening night, either.
On top of that, I found the food to be solidly mediocre. Though they had a menu that had authentic items, they weren't as good as you get at traditional dim sum places, and then the inventive items were just not impressive. However, that perception may have arisen because half our food was lava-hot and the other half was cool (when it wasn't supposed to be).
Even though I've been spoiled when it comes to quality dim sum, I'm generally cool with any dim sum that tastes good and isn't a giant hassle. Unfortunately, Ping Pong wasn't really cool with me.
Seems like it would be easier to have a single sheet per table and a single server per table with maybe another person assisting if it is a big table like ours was. Then maybe they could concentrate on the food?
Errr sorry to be a huge downer. Just giving you my experience. However, they might've worked out the kinks since I've been there - it was a while ago - and I am definitely for trying everything at least once, so on that note, I hope that you enjoy it!