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curiousgeo Apr 29, 2013 02:13 AM

We are staying near Queens Park and would like to experience some good dim sum while in Toronto, our first visit here. A search has pulled up Crown Princess, Dynasty and Lai Wah Heen (which we already knew of). Any preferences among these places? Are any of them close to Hong Kong quality? I assume LWH would be the most expensive of the three. Thanks for your help.

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    bincto Apr 29, 2013 04:38 AM

    Crown Princess is upscale but has very fine dim sum. I don't care for Dynasty nearly as much.

    1. MissBingBing Apr 29, 2013 04:49 AM

      Lai Wah Heen changed hands about two months ago.

      1. T Long Apr 29, 2013 08:41 AM

        Those are the three more up-scale places most often mentioned in the downtown area. You can throw the Pearl Harbourfront in there which might be considered a tad lower scale but with a much better "view". LWH has always been considered at the top and some have even mention the closest to "Hong Kong" comparison. However as MissBingBing has mentioned, LWH changed hands a few months ago and online comments I've seen have not been favorable. But I've never been a fan of LWH even before as the quality/value equation didn't make much sense to me. Crown Princess and the Dynasty have been two of my go-to places and I don't find much difference between the two. Actually at the end of the day, comparisons of the dim sum at the CP and Dynasty with the cheaper Rol San are not that different. The difference for me is more in the decor, service, ambiance...including fellow clientele and the overall dining experience. Rol San is very much working class, Dynasty is more traditional chic, while the CP is modern excessive. Bottom line, If you are looking for high Hong Kong quality, don't dine in Downtown Toronto. However, if you want the best of Toronto (downtown), you won't go wrong with any of your choices.

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          szw Apr 29, 2013 09:34 AM

          I feel the quality of the food much higher at cp than rolsan. Went there once and honestly thought the dimsum was really bad.

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            T Long Apr 29, 2013 12:40 PM

            I guess I'll need to revisit Rol San to update myself;)

        2. elvisahmed Apr 29, 2013 11:04 AM

          +1 for Crown Princess. I have vowed not to go back at Rol San after the last two dim sum experience there. LWH haven't tried there dim sum in a long time though a friend who is a regular there still swears by it.

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            curiousgeo Apr 29, 2013 12:30 PM

            Thank you everyone for your replies, I appreciate your input as it really helps a new visitor. Looks like Crown Princess is quite highly regarded as a downtown dim sum spot. My wife and I will talk it over, but I'm certain we'll have a great lunch wherever we decide on.

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              pvgirl Jun 23, 2013 04:30 PM

              We just got back from Toronto. Had dim sum at Crown Princess and Rol San (I picked the first and concierge recommended the second). Crown Princess is definitely a winner. Make sure to order the dessert that is labeled something like (IIRC) sesame balls (3 different desserts in order). Rol San was merely ok. But it's at a much cheaper price point - and is in a totally different part of town. If I could only do one - no question I'd pick Crown Princess.

              I've never been to Hong Kong - but the dim sum at Crown Princess compared quite favorably to good dim sum we've had elsewhere in north America. Robyn

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              1. re: pvgirl
                Charles Yu Jun 23, 2013 05:22 PM

                A very precise account, pvgirl!

                FYI, if one compare Crown Princess offering with eqivalent ( higher end ) establishments in Hong Kong. CP would garner around a 70/100 rating whilst Hong Kong equivalent will be in the 90/100+pt range!

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