Dim Sum in Phoenix/Greater Phoenix Area
Can someone recommend great dim sum in the Phoenix Metro area? I haven't been able to find anything. We used to eat at C-Fu Gourmet in Chandler, but stopped a few years ago after a few questionable meals. Thank you for your comments and recommendations!
I'm quite fond of Phoenix Palace, as are a good number of my food-loving friends. Sunday is by far the best variety and quality; Saturday is a pretty distant second, and weekdays are quiet affairs that will scratch the itch if need be. Golden Buddha used to be tops, but went on Downhill Alert years ago and never recovered.
Thanks to those have replied so far. I know there isn't much here. I'm a native and it's always been slim pickins. My mom is 1/2 Chinese; decades ago, we would celebrate special occasions at China Doll's dim sum in Central Phoenix. Since what seems like the demise of C-Fu, we've been on the lookout for something new, but I'm well aware of the limitations of the phx metro area in this regard. Still, I'm enjoying the suggestions--i'm putting together a short list of places to try with the family!
As mentioned above, Phoenix isn't really the ideal place to try and find really great Chinese food. That being said...
Great Wall is the strongest dim sum restaurant that I know of in the Phoenix area. On weekends, they have a large variety, the freshest food, and best preparation. They serve dim sum everyday (in fact, I think all the restaurants that I'm mentioning except China Chan do), but the variety and turnover is best on weekends. The place tends to be frequented by Asian families that have known each other and the staff for many years.
Golden Buddha isn't bad. Standard dim sum fare and although I prefer Great Wall, Golden Buddha is perfectly acceptable for Phoenix. The clientele is made up of more people trying dim sum for the first time.
The couple times that I went to Phoenix Palace, I wasn't impressed. The preparations were somewhat sloppy and none of the dishes tasted quite right. Not horrible, but I wouldn't go back.
Not sure how their dim sum is these days, but I used to frequent China King quite often a few years back (2005-2006 era). It was a real trek going all the way there from central Phoenix, but was absolutely worth it. They changed chefs a couple years ago (new owner), and the dim sum hasn't been as good since. On par with Golden Buddha.
There is a place at Metrocenter called China Chan. The one time that I tried to go was a weekday and they weren't serving dim sum (weekends only, I was told) - only the lunch buffet was available. The lunch buffet was typical sweet and sour, chow mein, and broccoli beef fare for about 5 bucks. The place itself is kind of a dive. Not sure how their dim sum is, though.
China King Buffet
1050 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224
10227 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051
re: au lait
Not that I know of.
I have a couple paper menus from them that I can scan for you if you'd like. The dinner menu is pretty thorough and comprised of southern/HK style food (not a whole lot of northern representations) and I think that they do it quite well. Their cooking is the closest in taste and preparation to bay area or SGV chinese restaurants that we have here in Phoenix. They have live seafood tanks (shrimp, bass and tilapia, dungeness crab, lobster, and the sometimes geoduck). They open at either 10 or 10:30 AM everyday and close at 10pm on weekdays and 11pm or 12am depending on the weekend day. NEC of 35th ave and Camelback.
The dim sum at China Chan is basic, but decent. The main draw is that they do the dim sum sushi-style. You get a sheet when you sit down, mark off what you want, and then the staff cooks everything to order. This means everything comes out piping hot, a welcome change for anyone who's had lukewarm dishes near the end of a dim sum service time. The regular menu items are traditional Americanized Chinese glop to be generally avoided.
Can't say great, but the two places that come to mind are Golden buddha at the Chinese cultural Center and Great Wall over on the west side. Great Chinese is a little hard to come by in town.
668 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Great Wall Cuisine
3446 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017