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braedave May 14, 2012 10:13 AM

New to Dallas. Gotta have some Dim Sum. Where to go? Happy to drive as far as Richardson.

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  1. twinwillow RE: braedave May 14, 2012 12:49 PM

    You'll have to drive to Richardson.
    Maxim's
    http://www.maxims-chineserestaurant.com
    Kirin Court
    http://www.kirincourt.com

    Both good. Not San Francisco good but, good enough to satisfy.
    Of the two, I would prefer Kirin Court.
    Hopefully, others will share their opinions......

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      gavlist RE: twinwillow May 14, 2012 01:05 PM

      I generally agree. My impression was that the two were ~equally good, but at different dishes... so it depends on what you like to eat. Unfortunately, it's been a while and I can't remember which dishes were best at each.

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        twinwillow RE: gavlist May 14, 2012 02:40 PM

        I have a couple of good friends that are true "foodies". They prefer Maxim's and go every Sunday.

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        foiegras RE: twinwillow May 15, 2012 07:32 PM

        I've tried Kirin Court and Hong Kong Royale ... good to see some other options here, I'll have to try them, starting with Maxim's. Those I've tried so far didn't knock my socks off. I guess I preferred Hong Kong Royale.

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          irodguy RE: foiegras May 15, 2012 08:01 PM

          I prefer being able to get in and not have the crazy rush. Both Kirin Court and Maxims have the same general issue of the wait staff trying to move you on. That being said, they are all good, but Hong Kong Royale is just much easier to deal with. That being said they are all okay. None of them meet the better San Francisco Dim Sum, but then again for the price a great deal here!

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            twinwillow RE: irodguy May 16, 2012 07:18 AM

            Personally speaking, I actually enjoy the frenetic pulse of a busy Dim Sum restaurant.
            The noise of busy eaters and the myriad of servers pushing their food carts around the room seems to add to the flavor of the meal.
            You can hardly finish one dish without another tempting Dim Sum laden cart being wheeled by your table.
            That causes the biggest problem at a Dim Sum brunch. Eating too much and, eating too quickly!

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              irodguy RE: twinwillow May 16, 2012 08:46 AM

              I enjoy the busy carts.... I don't enjoy the looks when you are slowing down. Or for that matter the wait staff coming by multiple times to ask if you are done. It happens less when you are with big parties, but prevalent when you are in small parties.

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                twinwillow RE: irodguy May 16, 2012 12:46 PM

                We're usually a party of two to four, but we've never experienced that problem.

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        demigodh RE: braedave May 14, 2012 02:58 PM

        In my experience, Kirin Court has better ambiance (crowded mess of people in a huge warehouse with a million carts going by) while Maxims has better food. I like the craziness of a crowded dim sum place but sometimes it's nice when it's emptier and you can ensure you get all the items you came for/want.

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          twinwillow RE: demigodh May 14, 2012 08:12 PM

          I concur.

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          mjtx RE: braedave May 14, 2012 04:32 PM

          J S Chens in Plano is very good. There are two but we have only been to the one in the Asia World Market across from Cinemark Legacy .

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            twinwillow RE: mjtx May 14, 2012 08:16 PM

            I went to JS Chens once late in the afternoon. They were fairly empty but, they were very gracious and made everything from scratch that I ordered. I was alone so I couldn't sample as many items as I would normally if with a group. But, I remember all was good.

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              twinwillow RE: twinwillow May 18, 2012 11:35 AM

              Correction: I meant, Hong Kong Royale. Not, JS Chen.

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              irodguy RE: mjtx May 14, 2012 08:33 PM

              I would put JS Chens behind Maxims and Kirin Court. This being said there are certain items that they are likely better than both the others as well.

              I would also mention Honk Kong Royale in Carrolton. Again not quite a good, but easy to get in to on a weekend. I also prefer their chicken feet over anybody else.

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                BellaDonna RE: irodguy May 14, 2012 09:19 PM

                The only two real options:

                Kirin Court (better ambiance). The fried shrimp balls and BBQ pork buns are great
                Maxim

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                  air RE: BellaDonna May 18, 2012 11:15 AM

                  I'd put HKR at the top over Maxim or Kirin. After being to more places in that do made to order dim sum, I generally prefer it vs the cart style.

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