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Jun 1, 2011 11:25 AM

Best DIM SIM -Yum Cha in Richmond Hill or nearby


I am looking for the best dim-sim in richmond hill on weekends which is not too pricey or oily but is tasty.

Can anyone suggest a good place?


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  1. There are several good options there Yang's or Emperor Chinese Cuisine are decent IMO. Look for our resident chowhound experts posts on this (their tags are Charles Yu and Skyline33)

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    1. re: elvisahmed

      Wasn't impressed with Yang's during my last outting a few weeks ago!

      In addition to Emperor, Regal Palace on Hwy7 is also acceptable.

      BTW, archu79's question doen't make a lot of sense since 'best' almost always associate with 'relatively pricey', especially on weekends when 'regular pricing' is in effect.

      For 'non-oily' dishes, its not dependent on the place but rather the type of dish one orders!! Stay away from fried versions and steamed version involving sauces eg., chicken feet, pork spare ribs..etc. Its how they are. They are just not tasty if the dishes are 'sans oil'!!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        As always Charles your expert input is always appreciated :)

        1. re: Charles Yu

          I agree Charles - what I meant to say was if i do order items off the menu - i dont want too much oil in them......but yes, i will stick to steamed mostly.

      2. I suggest going to Casa Victoria, around $20 or less (including tax and tip) a person. Dim sum is very good in Toronto standard, my top pick in Richmond Hill/Markham area. I think the price is not too pricey. But it is very busy in the weekend, maybe you want to call to make a reservation first or go early.

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        1. re: skylineR33

          Agree with skylineR33!! Totally forgot about Markham!! However, to OP, CV will be a bit pricey than the run-of-the-mill outfits!

        2. Charles or Skyline,

          Dumb question, what time does it get busy at CV on the weekend for dim sum? And do they have english menus? (I went to the website which is in Chinese)



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          1. re: CocoaChanel

            Last time I went on a Saturday, I have to 'wait in line ' for our table at 11 am. Dim Sum menu is 'bi-lingual'!

            1. re: CocoaChanel

              Yeah, it is busy at Casa Victoria just like Charles said, what I have been doing is to make a reservation first, that does not mean I don't have to wait, but I am in the front of the line, I always get table faster that way, my 2 make a reservation at say between 11:00 to 11:30am, I think you don't have to wait for too long.

              1. re: skylineR33

                Thank you both for the information

                Casa Victoria and Casa Imperial seem to be the best bet for price/quality ratio? Any other suggestions?

                (We used to go to a place called Perfect Kitchen or to Dynasty when we lived in the west end, and we have yet to try out Markham places)

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

                Perfect Kitchen
                3075 Ridgeway Dr, Mississauga, ON L5L5M6, CA

                1. re: CocoaChanel

                  Casa Victoria and Casa Imperial are two of the most expensive restaurant for dim sum in Richmond Hill/Markham/Scarborough, but we are talking about less than $20 per person for average spending and I don't find that expensive with the quality it provides. I prefer Casa Victoria nowaday as it is more consistent from my experience. The last few times at Casa Imperial ranges from bad to good, so it is not consistent ...

                  There are other "higher" end restaurants up North for dim sum such as Emperor, Yangs, Regal Palace, Shangri-la, Dragon Boat. They provide more or less same level of dim sum in my experience, good in Toronto standard but can be inconsistent.

                  1. re: skylineR33

                    Thanks - I don't think $20pp is a lot if the quality is there.

                    What do you think of Royal Tea House?

                    1. re: CocoaChanel

                      Royal Tea House has changed its name in this past few months. I have been for dinner after it changed it's name, and find the quality very bad but price is cheap, maybe they need sometimes to settle down. From my experience, I find the dim sum quality there mediocre but I remember I have a pretty good Har Gow there one time. It is a bit cheaper though, so it is economical. But seriously, there is really not any dim sum place that stand out bright nowadays in Toronto area.

                      1. re: skylineR33

                        Royal Tea was recommended by a friend of mine, excellent taste in food, but her Asian palatte is not as good as her Caucasian one.

                        Thank you both Charles and Skyline. Mr. Vuitton and I may just have to go out for several field trips :)


                        1. re: skylineR33

                          Royal Tea House changed hand already?! Wow! Its tough to keep up with all those closings these days! Worst place is First Markham Place! Like a revolving door!

                  2. re: skylineR33

                    Thank You....So Casa Victoria in Markham is the best bet for dim sims.......and rate is approx 20$/head?

                    I recently moved here from Australia where I used to go to have yum cha every month. They used to bring around carts with the different dim sims.... My husband has never been to have yum cha though I have been slowly introducing the different dumplings and gyoza to him. He loves them so wanted to give him a good experience.......

                    1. re: archu79

                      Yes, that's what I think. The bigger your party, the less you have to pay because you can share the items and order more variety. But for a party of 2, approx. $20/head should be ok, that's how much we spend there.

                2. I tried a newer one called Premiere last week and it was pretty good for higher end dim sum. Same owners as Crown Prince I believe. This new one is in a big huge banquet hall, so lots of tables and shorter wait times, and pre-11am early bird prices too. They're located on Leslie, just north of Hwy 7 (south of E Pearce st).

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                  1. re: Royaljelly

                    Yeah, that one opened around this February ... stay away from its dinner, pretty bad.

                    1. re: Royaljelly

                      Intetresting! I thought its for banquet only?!

                      BTW, CocoaChanel's Royal Tea House near Applecreek is pretty good too! Might as well add Spring Villa and Ambassador to skylineR33 list?!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        It's Chinese name is pretty funny :D