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Jumbo Seafood Newton for dim sum?

y2000k Aug 26, 2013 12:14 PM

Has anyone been to the Jumbo Seafood at Newton Center for dim sum lately? The search pulls up threads from years ago but nothing recent. Wondering if the food is passable?

Ever since our baby arrived, going to Chinatown for dim sum has become a logistical nightmare (driving, parking, waiting etc). I'm dying for Cantonese dim sum so am curious if Jumbo will satisfy my craving?

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    Scruffy The Cat RE: y2000k Aug 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Our past few times at Jumbo in Newton have been dismal. I got takeout and not dim sum but imho the quality has gone way, way down.

    I always used to enjoy the dim sum at Green Tea on Eliot Street, even if they didn't have the salt and pepper silverfish. I haven't gone in the past couple of years though so I don't know if their quality is as good as the past.

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      hargau RE: Scruffy The Cat Aug 26, 2013 02:31 PM

      went to green tea about 2 weeks ago, 1st time in years.. Wasn't as good as i had recalled it being but we went at a really weird time when there was only 1 other table of people.

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        y2000k RE: hargau Aug 26, 2013 02:57 PM

        Hmm... Green Tea is a bit farther away from us. We are closer to newton/Waltham line.

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          hargau RE: y2000k Aug 26, 2013 06:18 PM

          Hop on 128N and go to China Pearl Woburn.. Not boston quality but acceptable and a lot easier for driving/parking/waiting. I would only go on a sunday around 11ish..

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            Scruffy The Cat RE: y2000k Aug 26, 2013 07:58 PM

            Green Tea is 1.4 miles from Jumbo.

      2. Science Chick RE: y2000k Aug 26, 2013 02:56 PM

        There have been positive dim sum posts about Chung-Shin Yuan on California Street, although I've not been myself

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          y2000k RE: Science Chick Aug 26, 2013 03:08 PM

          We've been there BUT
          1) people start camping there like 15-30mins prior to opening. If you can't get in with the first sitting, it's a long wait, and
          2) they serve Taiwanese dim sum. I'm craving Cantonese style

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            Science Chick RE: y2000k Aug 27, 2013 10:26 AM

            Then I would second Green Tea...really, it's just another 5 minutes down the road from Newton Center.

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            Luther RE: Science Chick Aug 28, 2013 01:16 PM

            "Dim sum" is misleading, it's Taiwan brunch foods

          3. sheila RE: y2000k Aug 27, 2013 01:44 PM

            I can't recommend Jumbo or Green Tea as if you do love Cantonese Dimsum they won't be able to satisfy your craving but leave you with sense of emptiness.
            I know having a newborn is tough. But the only option I can think of is China Pearl in Quincy before 11:00 during weekend. You can probably get there within 30 minutes. Free and easy parking. Shopping at Kam Man afterwards.

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              y2000k RE: sheila Aug 28, 2013 01:03 PM

              This is so depressing. Maybe we will make the drive to Chinatown after all. Thanks all!

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              bakerboyz RE: y2000k Aug 27, 2013 03:19 PM

              I say the hubby should drive to Chinatown, pick up and deliver the dim sum.

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                fara RE: y2000k Sep 11, 2013 06:32 PM

                Dim sum at Shanghai Gate in Allston is actually quite nice. Not a huge variety but it seems like they make everything in house.

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                  Luther RE: fara Sep 12, 2013 03:27 AM

                  "Dim sum" is misleading, it's Taiwan brunch foods,

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                    Allstonian RE: Luther Sep 12, 2013 05:27 AM

                    Chun Shing Yuan is definitely Taiwanese, as you commented above, but is Shanghai Gate also? Given the rest of their menu that seems odd.

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                      Luther RE: Allstonian Sep 12, 2013 12:20 PM

                      Haha I copypasted. But yes the Shanghainese brunch they serve is very similar to Taiwanese brunch (with the inclusion of some Shanghai dishes like nian gao). These are in a separate clade from HK-style dim sum.

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                        Allstonian RE: Luther Sep 12, 2013 01:36 PM

                        Fair enough - I tend to think of all of those (including the Taiwanese "dim sum") as "Northern style dim sum" as opposed to Cantonese style. I personally like them both and am happy to treat them as equivalent experiences with differing menus, but have known many people who reject any "dim sum" that doesn't include fluffy steamed bao, siu mai, and har gow.

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                          Science Chick RE: Luther Sep 13, 2013 10:04 AM

                          One of my students in from an area about 1.5 hours from Shanghai. She asserts that the Shanghaiese food is quite distinct from the Taiwanese. BTW, she ADORES Shanghai Gate.

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                            fara RE: Science Chick Sep 13, 2013 12:15 PM

                            Ah ok. They call it dim sum on their menu and for people that just want something similar as brunch it works well. I like how all of their dough is made in house. Also the brunch items are all delicious and cheap.

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                              Luther RE: Science Chick Sep 14, 2013 02:06 PM

                              Of course Shanghainese food is different than Taiwanese food. I didn't mean to imply otherwise. Relevant to this discussion, both Shanghai Gate and CSY (and Shangri-La) serve brunch with dishes like salty soy milk, fried dough (yu tiao), spring onion pastry, and chilled braised meats. These are all dishes that are breakfast and Chinese, but not dim sum.

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                      daikon RE: y2000k Sep 12, 2013 08:54 AM

                      Yeah, both Jumbo and Green Tea are so-so. If you're willing to make the trek, Ten-ichi in Natick is pretty good (lots of parking, big tables, rarely a wait). I also agree with the previous poster, China Pearl in Woburn is a good option.

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                        SLL1065 RE: daikon Sep 12, 2013 01:49 PM

                        Wow, Ten-Ichi does Dim Sum... I live in Framingham and drive by their location on Route 9 all the time, I had no idea. I always thought they were a Japanese restaurant from the name, "ichi" refers to the number one (1) in Japanese.

                        I just looked at their menu, I should check it out.


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                          hargau RE: SLL1065 Sep 12, 2013 02:03 PM

                          Since we are now talking about Framingham....I really enjoy the Sunday Dim Sum Buffet at Lotus Flower in Framingham.

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                            daikon RE: hargau Sep 13, 2013 11:33 AM

                            Yeah, the Taiwanese Dim Sum Buffet at Lotus Flower is good; I would choose that over Ten-Ichi, but the poster is talking about Cantonese style.

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                            Luther RE: SLL1065 Sep 12, 2013 02:06 PM

                            Ichi refers to how they serve "Asian" food.

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                              SLL1065 RE: Luther Sep 12, 2013 06:18 PM

                              Can you please explain "Ichi" as a food serving practice?

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                                hargau RE: SLL1065 Sep 12, 2013 06:33 PM

                                It's like when your friend has never been to dimsum before and he says "hey what are those?" and you say "chicken feet!" and he says "oooh thats ichi"

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                                  Luther RE: hargau Sep 13, 2013 03:06 AM

                                  Or when you get too many mosquito bites

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                                opinionatedchef RE: Luther Sep 12, 2013 09:17 PM

                                i'm guessing you are being sarcastic?
                                this from ten ichi's website:
                                < Our mission is to live up to our name, which means “the best of the best,” ...>
                                CHs and other food critics pretty dependably warn one away from multi- ethnic asian restnts.that attempt to 'do it all.' But someone thinks Ten Ichi does a good job with dim sum?

                                p.s. fwiw, i live 5 mn. from China Pearl in Wob.and while i have had a few good items there, for years we have only gone to Windsor.But for someone who def would not go into Chinatown, sure, they could have some good things at CPWoburn.

                          3. KWagle RE: y2000k Sep 15, 2013 12:07 AM

                            You could always go to Winsor Cafe at sometime when parking is easy and there's no wait, which is true pretty much any evening after 8. They serve till about 9:30.

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                              RibKing RE: y2000k Sep 15, 2013 01:06 PM

                              I really enjoy the Dim Sum at Green Tea in Newton Highlands, they have a special dim sum chef from China Town on Saturdays and Sundays. They do it weekends until 3pm, really cheap, really good!

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