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Jan 22, 2012 10:20 AM

Dim Sum

What are the best Dim Sum Restaurants in the Montgomery County Area?

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  1. New Fortune in Gaithersburg is a good choice. They have dim sum lunch weekdays and the usual weekend midday service.

    1. IMHO, Hollywood East is fabulous as of late.

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      1. re: Mister Big

        Really? Exactly the opposite of my experience - I think Hollywood East is way downhill in the last 6 months. Not as good as when they first reopened in the mall, and definitely not as good from the University Blvd. days.

        I think New Fortune remains the class of MoCo dim sum, and in fact the entire Metro area. I'd lump Hollywood East, Oriental East (Silver Spring), and Silver Fountain (Aspen Hill) as a somewhat distant second.

      2. if you feel like a roadtrip, Fortune in Bailey's Crossroads VA is outstanding....i have a chinese friend who says it's very authentic too, and reasonable...if you go for lunch during the week it isn't too crowded either...weekends i hear are a mob scene...

        1. I know you only asked for Montgomery County but Oriental East has the best dim sum in the D.C. Metro Area.

          If you go on a weekend, make sure you get there by 10:30am to line up to increase your chances of getting a table when they open at 11am.

          Assuming you're in Montgomery County, if you go to Oriental East first and then decide to try Fortune, which is in Seven Corners and not Bailey's Crossroads (it used to be there when they first opened 20 years ago or so in the space currently occupied by Hokkaido Buffet), you'll be kicking yourself for wasting gas driving down there. I went to Fortune last year and the dim sum was very average.

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          1. re: nova_ssss

            Oriental East is staffed by rude people who clearly don't want you there. That makes me think the kitchen staff has the same mindset.

            1. re: chowsearch

              Can you be more specific as far as what rude behavior you encountered at Oriental East?

              Whenever I go to any Chinese restaurant, I don't expect the greatest service in the world. I expect adequate and that's typically what I get.

              Would you rather have excellent service but average dim sum or average service and excellent dim sum? I'd rather have the average service and excellent dim sum and that's what I get at Oriental East.

              1. re: nova_ssss

                Busboys intentionally walking into people forced to stand in their way, for one thing. Manager acting as if ten cups of espresso were installed. Food no better than other places, on par with Good Fortune and New Fortune and Hollywood East. Waits much longer.

          2. The only places I know of is in Northern VA which are the basics that have been here in VA.

            Marks Duck House in Falls Church, VA - They have been around for a long time but does not serve Dim Sum on a traditional steam cart. Food usually ends up on table being cold 85% of the time. No complains about the Dim Sum except the temperature and the dirtiness inside ruins my appetite.

            Fortune - Parking is horrible but also has been around for a long time. Lots of shrimp this shrimp that and deep fried food. Food portion smaller in my opinion than the others but cost are sometimes questionable.

            China Garden - Food is also cold but they have a huge floor for Dim Sum. I think the biggest in the Northern VA area. I love their curry fish balls but they only make one batch on the weekends.

            And lastly, Hong Kong Pearl Seafood - The name says seafood because the owner has been a long time seafood distributor. But don't let the name fool you, cause it did fool my family and I. They opened up 2 months ago (I know, verily new) and serves dim sum everyday on a steam cart which is a big plus for us. It was definitely a joy to see another authentic restaurant building and serving a true cantonese hong kong style goodies.

            Take your pick. Hope these helped

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            1. re: itlooksfast

              I don't understand the obsession with listing places in NoVA. We already have a separate topic for that. OP asked for Montgomery County dim sum.

              That said, none of the NoVA places compare with the better places in MoCo.

              1. re: DanielK

                Daniel, curious of you would recommend A&J to the OP since it isn't the typical cart service?

                1. re: Terrie H.

                  I adore A&J, but it's not dim sum, just small plates.