Clean, Tasty, Cheap -- Very Little Not to Love!
Sir Swank and I have bounced around from dim sum parlor to dim sum parlor, never finding true satisfaction -- Chau Chow's odor was alarming; China Pearl was hit or miss; Hei Lei Moon was a cut above but always ear-splittingly noisy. In DC, we were used to frequenting parlors with menus, and we were pretty happy to discover just such a place in Winsor. We'd feared a wait, but really had to wait only 20 minutes or so (note that there's NO waiting area, so dim-sum hopefuls must congregate on the busy sidewalk below!) The dining room is very small, but not especially noisy. We were seated at a large round table with another party, who quickly became wide-eyed once they saw that we ordered...many, many dishes. I will try to do them justice here.
Crab Meat Dumpling with soup inside: a large, yeasty dumpling floating in broth. I didn't try it, but my friend said it was good.
Spicy Salted Squid: Amazing. Probably the best rendition I've tried. Salty, tangy, crispy and lightly fried--not heavy in the least.
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling: Perfectly fine. Shrimp tasted fresh.
Beef Tripe with ginger & scallion: Another must-try. The ginger really added to this dish. Tender tripe, not chewy or leathery at all.
Steamed Roast Pork Bun: A lovely, glossy blend of sweet and savory.
Steamed Chicken Bun: Ditto.
Steamed Shrimp Rice Noodle: Standard. Could have benefitted from more sauce.
Pan Fried Turnip Cake: SO often, this dish comes out lukewarm. This one was piping hot, with nice crisp edges.
Beef Stomach Szechuan Style: Our one misfire. Very bland.
Jade Pearl Dumpling with coriander: Overstuffed, juicy, flavorful.
Deep Fried Chives Dumpling: Greaseless, excellent.
Pickled Mustard Green & Shredded Pork Noodle Soup: Beware -- this is an enormous portion -- a meal unto itself. Tablemate called it "fine"; I wouldn't order it at dim sum, with so much else to choose from!
Egg Custard: Delicious and very runny.
In general, we were very happy here. My one minor complaint: They don't stock the hot chili order that I love at so many other restaurants -- this version was very "seedy," without enough of that red oil. Otherwise, I'd recommend Winsor in a (clogged-artery) heartbeat. Service was also efficient. We didn't have to wait for our dishes. In and out in an hour.
China Pearl Restaurant
9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Chau Chow Restaurant
699 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02122