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
Glad you made it there. I think the major benefit of Winsor is the non-cart thing. Everyone is made to order and piping hot. This is especially important for the deep fried items which are so much better when seconds out of the fryer.
i like to specify "with greens" when ordering the steamed shrimp noodle roll (or their steamed beef noodle roll). Then they make it fresh with scallion and cilantro. also if you like the spicy salty squid, you might enjoy their spicy salty tiny fish.