Joy Tsin Lau, Dim Sum, Not so hot.
Really not so hot as in many of the items were barely warm and the chicken feet, well cold chicken feet are not really a good thing. Yes, I sent them back only to get another that was barely warm. Same with the tempura whole shrimp.
Food was only OK.
This was the first time I have been here when it was not busy, In fact only 1/2 the tables were seated and it was 12:30. Maybe that should have been my first clue that something has gone wrong here.
Finally the threadbare FILTHY carpet really turned me off, if they are not taking care of something like that in front what must be going on in the back?
Disappointing visit overall.
Filthy carpet? They said they wouldn't change it since changing might ruin the Feng Shuei of the place. I asked that question back in the early 1990's when I went there for dim sum for the last time. Joy Tsin Lau's sister restaurant in the surburb, Golden City, is very similar. I found that out this past year after moving to live close by. Not very clean at all.
Many Chinese restaurants would not make Dim Sum in house now anymore. They buy them wholesale already made/cooked and frozen, very cheaply. In fact, that's what I'd do if I have a hankering for dim sum. Buy a few varieties, share them with a few families, take my share home, heat them up and serve. For chicken feet, I make my own.
When going out, I have switched to eating Korean, Viet, Thai, Italian or, for high-end fancy food, New American or French now. So disappointed by my "own" kind of cousine.