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Jun 19, 2011 11:50 AM

Good Dim Sum around downtown Toronto?

Dear foodies, my friends and I LOVE dim sum but we are located in downtown Toronto. Is there a way for us to dim sum without having to travel really far and/or breaking the bank? Thanks a billion!

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    1. We like Pearl Court (633 Gerrard East, just past Broadview) best, after trying Rol San et al. The food is consistently fresh and decent, the atmosphere sometimes chaotic in the way you want dim sum to be, and the bill always ends up $11 per person no matter how many people come or how much we order. The green onion pancakes are good.

      Rol San
      323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

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      1. re: Chitlin

        is Pearl Court still the best bet for dim sum around Gerrard and Broadview´╝č

        1. re: Teep

          Haven't been for a while, Teep, but based on my last 2 visits a few years ago, I'd stick with the steamed/boiled/baked/pan-fried options, if you go to Pearl Court. The deep-fried ones tasted like the oil need to be changed more frequently. Hopefully, the situtation has improved lately!

          1. re: prima

            Well the food is so-so. No stale oil taste and the fried items were better than the steamed - the thick har gow wrappers stuck to each other but not to the filling. However we had dreadful service. The main floor with carts was full (this being a holiday) and we were one of the first tables on the second floor with menu service. Despite asking them 3 times about our order, we were the last table to get all our food. The servers were apologetic when we complained and blamed it on the kitchen, but if they had been on their toes we wouldn't have had to ask more than once.

            1. re: Teep

              Sorry to hear the service was dreadful. Glad the oil didn't taste stale.

      2. We like Noble (north side of Dundas, just west of Spadina) for all day dim sum.

        1. I would recommend crown princess (1st choice) and Pearl on harbor front surprisingly comparable to stuff you get on Spadina price wise while quality is much much better.

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          1. re: elvisahmed

            I guess it depends on what you mean by "comparable". I find the quality of the food at the Pearl, CP and Dynasty to be a bit more upscale than say Rol San (my fav on Spadina), but the prices to be at least 50% higher.....that's not comparable in my books. Of course the decor and setting of RS is a big step down from CP, etc.

            1. re: T Long

              agree w T Long.

              A typical dim sum at Rol San for my family & friends runs around $12-$15/person (incl tax & tip), and it's usually closer to $20-$25/person (incl tax & tip) when we dine at Dynasty or CP.

              1. re: T Long

                OK Maybe I not ordering the right items. I went two Rol San the last time and paid the the same amount for the regular items I order so I don't even bother going to that area as the ambiance or service is nowhere as nice. I typically end paying 14-16$ at CP or Rol San.

            2. Rol San is GREAT for it's price point. Cheap and cheerful. :)

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