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Feb 3, 2014 12:54 PM

Legend Seafood (Oahu): "Best Dim Sum"?

I am reminded that last month the Hale 'Aina Dining Award went to Legend. But, if memory serves, which it rarely does nowadays, I thought several correspondents recently maintained that legend's dim sum had gone downhill a lot. True? If yes, who is the reigning champ? Happy Days? Or?

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  1. Have heard the same concerns about Legends so have not been there in a while. Really like Fook Lam, just around the corner river-side. Also recently enjoyed the dim sum at Happy Garden, although it is strictly hole-in-the-wall in size and ambiance.

        1. re: Joebob

          On Nuuanu Street close to Beretania.

            1. re: roro808

              They have several dedicated parking spots that you enter from Pauahi Street between the exit from the underground parking and the new Madre Chocolate shop.

              1. re: macaraca

                Mei Sum has gone downhill... their dim sum is ok, potstickers aren't up to par, regular menu is bland as heck.

                No one has the love for Nice Day? Great prices, good dim sum, pay cash w/coupon and 15% off? regular menu is tasty. Wish could eat at Mandalay all da time, but this sure hits da spot.

                1. re: indelibledotink

                  With recent disappointment with Mei Sum, will try Legend next.

                  1. re: indelibledotink

                    went to nice day in february
                    was really good, imo
                    didn't have the coupon, i think my mom thought that it was weekdays only
                    crowded when we got there, and there were a lot of people doing take out (which was weird to me, since i think of dim sum as something you eat at a restaurant)
                    but service was decently fast

                    and i didn't notice the feeling/taste of msg in my mouth afterwards

                    1. re: macsak

                      Where exactly is Nice Day and is it walking distance from Downtown? I so long for dim sum with less or no MSG! Thanks.

                      1. re: roro808

                        Nice day is walking distance from downtown, 15min, but easier to use car.

                        They are in the Times grocery and apartment complex on Liliha and Vineyard with dry cleaners, subway, american savings bank.

                        1. re: indelibledotink

                          Thank you -- car would be better for office luncheon.

                    2. re: indelibledotink

                      Have recently had dim sum at both Mei Sum and Nice Day, and Nice Day's is better (except for the baked char siu bao). We happened to be at Nice Day for lunch on Chinese New Year and I was impressed with the friendly and cheerful service despite the crowds of people. Lunchtime parking is pretty horrible, however, unless you go early.

                      1. re: honu2

                        honu, were you there on sunday when it rained?
                        we got there just as the rain ended
                        i wonder if we were there at the same time?

                        1. re: macsak

                          Nope, I was in Maunawili enjoying the mud.

                        2. re: honu2

                          I haven't had the baked char siu bao at Mei Sum, but regularly order the small dim sum sized bao from Nice Day. They could use more filling, but I enjoy 'em.

                          Nice Day is pretty accommodating to my service dog, they treat her as a regular.

                          1. re: indelibledotink

                            Tried Happy Days today and was disappointed. Repeatedly read Chowhounders' opionions that they were much better than sister store Nice Day, and wanted to try their dim sum. Previously had an ok menu dish at Happy Days.

                            Compared to Nice Day, the siu mai wrapper was thicker and doughy, pork wasn't quite as tasty.

                            Potstickers were different, more filling, lots of veggies, and tons of green onion. I liked them, but Nice Day's potstickers are better, there is more meat and flavor.

                            House noodles did not have scallops, as Nice Day's. Lack of salt in the gravy. Noodles were not as good quality.

                            Choi sum with garlic is better at Nice Day.

                            Had char siu, tasty, but quite fatty.

                            Service was great, price comparable, liked the talkative atmosphere, but Nice Day wins out.