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Title: Dim Sum
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 27, 2009, 08:38:32 AM
Thinking about a dim sum lunch today.  Where should we go?
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Post by: secret chef on December 27, 2009, 09:22:44 AM
China Delight is my fave
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Post by: Jmolinari on December 27, 2009, 03:22:58 PM
Hit up china delight today, and it was good. Usual items, all were quite fresh and tasty. Service very friendly.

What other dim sum places are left on Bu.Hi?
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Post by: Elijah Snow on January 06, 2010, 09:42:01 PM
Haven't been to any of my old BuHi haunts (Royal China, Oriental Pearl, Canton House) in quite a while because East Pearl (next to the Home Depot near 85 and Pleasant Hill) is so good. My daughter would be quite happy to eat nothing but their custard buns all day every day.
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Post by: LizR on January 06, 2010, 10:13:09 PM
Oriental Pearl is not exactly on Buford Highway, but the new incarnation is pretty much the same as the old one and it is still generally very good. I think that dim sum resto preferences depend somewhat on what kind of dim sum one prefers. I especialy like shrimp, scallop and veggie dumplings (in any combo of the fillings mentioned) tofu skin rolls, turnip cake, and congee. Not so much a fan of the fried stuff, the sticky rice bundles, or the desserts, anywhere.
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Post by: Elijah Snow on January 07, 2010, 10:58:05 AM
I think that dim sum resto preferences depend somewhat on what kind of dim sum one prefers.

I think that's very true, and in a town like this where there doesn't appear to be one dim sum palace that dominates in all areas, I think it matters more than it otherwise might. We definitely like East Pearl primarily because it has good baked and fried goods, and because it has good examples of the sweet dishes my daughter likes. The steamed dumplings have been more hit-and-miss -- they're never bad, but aren't usually amazing.
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Post by: Hrothgar on January 07, 2010, 12:41:24 PM
I'm with Elijah. East Pearl is our dim sum of choice these days. Was there on Saturday, in fact. Congee, shu mai, bean curd-wrapped pork thingees, pork buns, and sticky rice (both the kind in the lotus leaves and the kind under the glass bowl, which do differ) all the best I've had anywhere. I will say I find their potstickers to be not so hot here (and you barely see them come around anyway). We were handed two cards at one point featuring off-the-menu items, one of which appeared to be something yummy wrapped in rice noodle and doused with soy sauce. We ordered one. I had assumed it was shrimp, but when it arrived, it was actually a piece of the churro-like fry bread like they serve with congee -- wrapped with rice noodle. Starch on starch. It was like something a Chinese frat boy would come up with. Odd.

Incidentally, we didn't show up until around 1:15 and while there was a flurry of carts at the beginning and all the tables were packed, the place had pretty much shut down by 2:00. Most of the tables were empty, and dim sum was reduced to the same lonely cart circling round and round with the same cold stuff on it. I assumed dim sum was active all day on Sat. and Sun., but I guess not. We'll get there earlier next time.
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Post by: Foodgeek on January 09, 2010, 05:58:44 PM
The Scientist had his 3rd dim sum experience today, and it was pretty good. The reason why he hasn't had many is because his 1st try, at Oriental Pearl, didn't suit his tastes. He thought the things I ordered that day were "too doughy." It was kind of overwhelmingly filling, but our second dim sum was at East Pearl and he liked that much better. We were able to order a plate of green vegetables and some roasted chicken with less of the doughy pork bun type of thing, and he found that more agreeable.

Today we went to China Delight and while it was good, I do think that restaurant is looking extremely shabby these days. Two of the restrooms were out of order and several things in the dining room look a little worn out, used and dirty. I'm never daunted by what other people would deem a hole in the wall, but I did mention to Scientist that perhaps they'd benefit from the sort of fire that finally made Canton House go for a remodel.

We had the crisp shrimp ball with phyllo-like shards, shu mai, fried shrimp with bacon log thingy, some pan fried dumplings, fish balls and the turnip/radish cake. The radish cake was the only thing I didn't find satisfying, as it was rather cold and quite chunky. Usually this is one of my favorite things, so that was disappointing. Maybe next trip we'll find a better one.
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Post by: outtolunchatty on March 21, 2010, 02:51:34 PM
Ok, so wifey and I were supposed to meet some other couples at royal china for dim sum...they bailed out, and we were psyched for dim sum, and so wifey and i went to east pearl to check it out....i have been going to royal china for many moons, (and have tried most of the other spots around town), but I now humble myself before the assembled foodie nation and concede that east pearl is the best in atlanta.....great selection, items fresh, hot and tasty......nothing super imaginative, but what we had was superb.......a little farther for us then Royal China, but its  now the default dim sum locale for this family...thanks to all youse guys,,......,
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Post by: Fooddoc on March 21, 2010, 08:57:37 PM
Have to agree with the East Pearl bandwagon.  Had dim Sum a week ago Saturday and for us it beats out all the other places and we have tried them all many times over many years.  Staff was friendly and the room seems more cozy.  Most items were fresh - you can still end up with some items that have lingered on the cart too long but not very frequently. They seem to offer a larger number of higher end specialty plates which for us is particularly appealing after so many Dim Sum meals at so many other restaurants.  For now this is our favorite despite the ride out I85.
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Post by: ShubaShuba on March 23, 2010, 10:06:16 AM
Do any Atlanta restaurants actually make fresh Dim Sum?  I've been to all of the standards in town and they all seem to serve the same quality reheated frozen items.  By comparison to Dim Sum I've had in other cities (NYC, SF, Yokohama, etc.), the quality just seems very low here in Atlanta.  This is somewhat surprising given the fact that we do have a number of good quality, authentic Chinese restaurants.  Am I alone in this observation?
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: tanline on March 23, 2010, 10:19:29 AM
Do any Atlanta restaurants actually make fresh Dim Sum?  I've been to all of the standards in town and they all seem to serve the same quality reheated frozen items.  By comparison to Dim Sum I've had in other cities (NYC, SF, Yokohama, etc.), the quality just seems very low here in Atlanta.  This is somewhat surprising given the fact that we do have a number of good quality, authentic Chinese restaurants.  Am I alone in this observation?

I am not sure I have been to any in town that actually had frozen items (Royal China, East Pearl, Pearl, others).  I agree there are different levels of quality in the various restaurants.  But doubtful if all items are frozen...  Which items are we talking about?  Chicken feet? Tripe? Char Siu Bau?  Siu Mai?  I would guess that anything other than Siu Mai or dumpling types would be very bad indeed if frozen.
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Post by: ShubaShuba on March 23, 2010, 11:45:49 AM
oh, i'm not implying that all of the items were/are frozen, but my experiences at the standards (oriental pearl, east pearl, canton house, hong kong harbor, royal china, et al.) make me think that the vast majority of the dumpling variety dim sum (gau zi, har gau, siu mai, char siu baau, etc.) and the fried items are mass quantity produced, pre-packaged items that are likely bought frozen and steamed or fried on sight.  The thickness and uniformity of the dumpling skins and uniformity of appearance and taste indicate that they aren't hand made or even made on site.  By contrast, the dumplings at many places like Chef Liu, Northern China Eatery, China Kitchen and any of the Frank Ma iterations have variations in size, skin thickness, appearance and even taste indicating that they are almost certainly made on sight, by hand.  maybe I'm totally off the mark, it certainly wouldn't be the first time, but I have never been really impressed with any of the Atlanta dim sum options and that bums me out.
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Post by: totm on March 21, 2011, 11:57:25 AM
Do y'all order a la carte while at dim sum?  If we don't see it coming around on the carts we will often order clams w/black bean sauce, Chinese broccoli (by now I should no the Chinese term I see at BHFM), or snow pea leaves.  I sometimes am amazed at how much those a la carte items cost.  Yesterday at Oriental Pearl (which got slammed from 12:00-1:30, glad we got there ahead of that crowd) we ordered snow pea leaves.  When Japanese brother came outside after paying we had to guess how much that one item cost.  Snow pea leaves at BHFM are ~$2.99/lb retail.  There definitely was not a whole pound of greens on the plate and it cost $11.99.  I understand food mark-up but that seems like a lot.

BTW, had several new items to us; an item with a sweetish dough around a squash filling as well as a dumpling with vegetables and peanuts inside.  We were a little wary considering the best item for a while was the salty, crunchy calamari - all tentacles, no rings.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Jmolinari on March 21, 2011, 02:44:42 PM
I've been surprised by some price on some of the "large" plates at CHina Delight. I think the S&P calamari for exmaple is $11.99 as are the S&P shrimp and the cantonese stir fried noodles.
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Post by: shoeshine boy on March 22, 2011, 07:00:31 AM
we'll order ala carte at China Delight if we don't see what we want on the carts. as long as the makings are in the kitchen they always get it for us.
Oriental Pearl was one of our first dim sum places in Atlanta. we stopped going when they converted to a buffet restaurant. we were going to return when they went back to the old way but then they started getting scary health inspection scores and for all the bad reasons, we decided to stick with China Delight since they did such a great job of taking care of us every time we came in.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 22, 2011, 04:12:48 PM


We want to plan either Dim Sum or a nice noonish brunch for this coming Sunday.  We have decided to give ourselves ONE meal out a week during this menu-planned experience.   We have looked over a bunch of usual suspects, for brunch and we know that East Pearl is damn good (or at least has been in the past) for a noon-time Sunday Dim Sunday walk-in. 

Anyone else want to fill out our table on Sunday ?   It does NOT have to be at East Pearl.  Give us a good Brunch option that is not too far away and we will show up...

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Post by: CodePoet on March 22, 2011, 06:14:52 PM


Anyone else want to fill out our table on Sunday ?   It does NOT have to be at East Pearl.  Give us a good Brunch option that is not too far away and we will show up...

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My husband has forgotten that we are hosting a birthday party this Sunday at our house. So the invite stands but the day would have to be April 3rd.
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Post by: Barnum on March 22, 2011, 06:23:37 PM
Has he ?  :-)
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 22, 2011, 06:49:58 PM
Has he ?  :-)  

He did ...     I would LOVE TO  get together with a small group one Sunday for Brunch on a weekend that is NOT scheduled.

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Post by: Hrothgar on June 15, 2011, 05:20:44 PM
After years of being East Pearl devotees (see above), we tried Royal China this past Sunday with my folks and our allegiance is forever switched. Yes, the place is a dive, but the proof is in the potstickers, as they say. All of the seafood items tasted fresher, nothing was cold or room temp (unless it was supposed to be, of course), and the selection was better. I especially liked that they had a special grill cart for radish cakes and these insanely good griddled-to-order shrimp dumplings. We inadvertently ordered four plates of the latter when we'd meant to order one or two, and we didn't even mind. That's how good they were. Each time we'd wonder aloud if they had ______ and then it would come rolling out, and it was better than any version any of us had had previously. Service was SUPER attentive, even when the dining room got full. And the frequency of carts was excellent. There did seem to be a lack of vegetables and some of the more elaborate items like clams in black bean sauce, etc., but we got there relatively early (10:30) and noticed after we had stuffed ourselves that heretofore unseen items were coming out. So we probably missed out on some stuff.

Chloe clued me in to the fact that Royal China is the only dim sum joint in Atlanta headed by a Catonese chef (though much of the staff still appears to be Vietnamese). Most other places around town, including East Pearl, use Vietnamese chefs, and many are reheating frozen items.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 15, 2011, 06:05:18 PM


This may inspire a move to the correct place?   What do you think ?

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Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: totm on September 19, 2011, 09:58:15 AM
First experience at East Pearl yesterday after watching grandson perform at JapanFest*.  We weren't real hungry so only got a few things.  We were also after the rush so not that many carts.  Tofu skin with pork very tasty.  Shark fin/shrimp dumplings very good.  Rice sheets (I know there is a proper name/description) with bbq pork ordered a la carte had dry pork and the bottom rolled rice sheet was the left overs with very little pork.  Seafood dumplings order a la carte came out steaming after the young waitress checked to see if we had received yet, mostly shrimp but still good.

I've found that different restaurants have different items available with some have regular standbys.

The 2 lobsters for $24 was a popular item as well.

*It was quite amusing to see one towhead mixed in with all of the mostly Asian kids performing on stage.
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Post by: Hrothgar on September 19, 2011, 04:16:26 PM
Slightly off topic, but we actually unveiled the news that my wife is pregnant with twins (http://285foodies.com/forum/atrium/better-make-some-room-at-the-table/) to my folks (their first grandchildren) during dim sum at Royal China. We had purchased a small plush baby ahead of time and at one point during the meal I snuck away and grabbed one of the floor managers. Between her broken English and the unusual nature of the request, it took a few tries for me to successfully explain what I wanted her to do, which was to put the doll inside an empty dim sum steamer and deliver it to the table in front of my folks as a "special delivery." Worked perfectly and when they lifted the lid, SURPRISE!

Didn't hurt that that place is always packed with families toting young infants. ;)
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Post by: shoeshine boy on September 20, 2011, 07:12:43 AM
congrats!
we went to Royal China for the first time a few weeks ago and were quite impressed. they had most of the standard dishes that we like from China Delight as well as plenty of items we've never seen there. service was pretty good and the price was fair. East Pearl is our next stop before we award our lucrative dim sum contract. :)
has there been ANY official word on China Delight?
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Post by: Jmolinari on September 20, 2011, 02:45:07 PM
congrats!
we went to Royal China for the first time a few weeks ago and were quite impressed. they had most of the standard dishes that we like from China Delight as well as plenty of items we've never seen there. service was pretty good and the price was fair. East Pearl is our next stop before we award our lucrative dim sum contract. :)
has there been ANY official word on China Delight?

Us too. We went to Royal China after we saw China Delight was "rennovating" and much prefer it. More selection and overall much better. Even if CD reopens we're not RC customers!
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 20, 2011, 05:48:11 PM


I have to say that East Pearl is our favorite.  We do NOT go during off hours and almost only go on weekends at 11am and deal with the crowds.  I/we have eaten at the others and we are mostly impressed by East Pearl.  I would be glad to test any of the others if someone wants to put an event together......

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Post by: LizR on September 20, 2011, 09:32:24 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again: folks' restaurant preferences seem to have to do at least somewhat with the kind of items they like to order. Me, I look for great shrimp and vegetable dumplings, good congee, turnip cakes, tofu skin rolls in gravy. My FIL likes things that I don't like sweet sticky rice and those bbq buns. I think different places do some things better than others. I still like Oriental Pearl for my fave dishes but can see how YMMV. Also, the rotation of chefs doesn't help a lot in deciding which place is "best" in any given month/year.
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Post by: totm on September 21, 2011, 08:57:40 AM
I don't have a favorite or one I consider "best".  I enjoy going to the various dim sum houses and finding interesting items that I only see at that particular location.  And finding those surprises can vary based upon day of week and time of time and who is in the kitchen.

As to items I gravitate towards it would be the more savory items and those that are not fried.  There are certain items (Chinese broccoli, clams in black bean sauce) that I will only get if they are hot.  If those items have been sitting on a cart with no means of staying warm then I will just pass.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 25, 2011, 03:59:51 PM


I really wanted to go today, but we bailed, and had a good omelette using up some leftovers.  I love breakfast and I think of Dim Sum as a Brunch/Breakfast food (mostly)...

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Post by: The_Scientist on January 16, 2012, 10:30:59 AM
FG wanted hot pot for Sunday brunch, but read that Hot Pot 101 was closed. She decided on dim sum as a substitute rather than another place for hot pot, so we hit Canton House. They were crazy busy, with a line out the door, but she was willing to wait, so we did. Fortunately tables cleared pretty fast, so it was only about 20 minutes before we were seated.

We've been here a couple of times, and it's probably the best spot I've experienced for dim sum. FG is a bigger fan than I am of this style; most places give you big piles of greasy, starchy, lukewarm gut bombs. Here most things are served fresher than average. We had some good shrimp balls with sweet chili sauce, stuffed mushrooms with black bean sauce, shu mai, and great fried squid tentacles with jalapenos, though we skipped the chicken feet. No Chinese broccoli available to our disappointment, but we left quite satisfied. 
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Post by: shoeshine boy on January 17, 2012, 07:49:03 AM
we hit a dim sum place on Sunday as well.  we were big fans of China Delight and were very sad to see them close. they treated us like family every time we went in. we regularly take groups of 10-15 of our friends for dim sum and they rely on us to help pick the right dishes and get good service. so far we've tried Royal China and East Pearl as replacements for our regular dim sum destination. on Sunday we decided to give Golden House a try after hearing good things from a friend and also reading a glowing review from John Kessler. Kessler's review alone would not have been enough to convince me since he was a big fan of Happy Valley back in the day and the one time we visited it was almost completely empty and we found it disgusting.
we arrived at Golden house a little after noon and promptly received our wait number from the hostess. I'm not sure how long we waited but my girlfriend (who's Asian) noted that several
Chinese parties of the same size that came in after us were seated before us. to me this is unacceptable. when the time did come for us to be seated we were asked if we'd mind sharing a table with another couple who also were non-Chinese. I was hesitant at first but they looked like nice people so we said ok. we lucked out in that they WERE very nice people and it turns out, foodies as well. they had driven all the way from Newnan for dim sum so we had lots to talk about. we had been placed over in the corner about as far from the kitchen as possible. carts were pretty good about coming around though. the food we had was pretty good but I felt that for a busy Sunday the selection should've been better. the other couple asked a few times about shrimp toast and each time the server would say that they would check and then we'd never see them again. overall I'd probably give Golden House a B-. the food was good and tasted fresh but between the horrible service and marginal selection I don't think we'll be bringing our group outings here.
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Post by: Fooddoc on January 21, 2012, 10:41:58 AM
We have had Dim Sum twice at Golden House and for me it is OK but not that special.  We found the food quality to be good, pretty fresh considering stuff does stay on carts for a variable period of time at any Dim Sum palace, but there was a paucity of specialty plates, despite staying till 12:30 when it seems these plates are more commonly offered.  Having experienced Dim Sum for so many years, in so many places, I have come to prefer places that offer Tapas-Like small plates of dishes in addition to the numerous variations on fried and steamed dumplings.  This may not be true Dim Sum, I don't really know, but I do recall the Dim Sum in Quebec and San Francisco offering a greater number of these types of specialty plates.  It is a great way for two people to sample a larger variety without having to order multiple large entrees (which we still do and take home leftovers).  I thought East Pearl was pretty good at this but at our last visit the regular Dim Sum offerings seemed to have stayed on the carts too long. I have not been back to Canton House in a long time.  What do others think?  What places are offering both quality and variety?
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Post by: Hrothgar on January 23, 2012, 01:52:55 PM
If you haven't done Royal China yet, that would be my pick for both quality and variety. There was general consensus a few months back that they are the best dim sum going right now, but East Pearl still has its adherents. I've done East Pearl many times (they were my favorite before RC), but the selection was often disappointing and there were trips when the quality was too.
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Post by: Fooddoc on January 24, 2012, 12:11:07 PM
I have not been back to Royal China (and Canton House) in a very long time.  Frankly I had virtually forgotten about Royal China, having for years gotten caught up in the newer places.  For a while, the re-invented Oriental Pearl was a favorite of ours but eventually we came to favor China Delight and then East Pearl.  Royal China used to be one of our favorites, going way back to when it first resurected the prior Honto's location.  We will give them a try again.  Would like to hear if others are still giving them a very favorable review and also opinions about Canton House.
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Post by: Jmolinari on January 24, 2012, 12:41:48 PM
Royal china has become our go-to since China Delight closed.
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Post by: shoeshine boy on January 25, 2012, 07:18:20 AM
Royal china has become our go-to since China Delight closed.

I'm thinking that it will become ours as well. a little concerning though that friends I sent there 2 weekends ago told me that the bathrooms were inoperable. hopefully just a one-time problem though.
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Post by: Hrothgar on January 25, 2012, 03:27:11 PM
Royal china has become our go-to since China Delight closed.

I'm thinking that it will become ours as well. a little concerning though that friends I sent there 2 weekends ago told me that the bathrooms were inoperable. hopefully just a one-time problem though.

There's an inverse relationship between the niceness of the bathrooms in an ethnic restaurant and the quality of the food. If the bathrooms are pristine, leave immediately.  ;)
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Fooddoc on January 29, 2012, 03:07:45 PM
We did make it to Royal China this Saturday for Dim Sum. 
The food was fine with some slightly different variations that we had not had before but there were no specialty plates brought around, not one offering, even during prime time from before Noon till well after 1 PM. (No, the two of us did not eat for that long, see dancing dragon below). You could of course order a Dim Sum portion of clams with black bean sauce (which we did) but this requires you knowing exactly what you want and removes the enjoyment and choice of seeing something different and enticing coming your way.  Perhaps it has just gotten too expensive to make specialty small plates that may not all be consumed.  I would have thought that if there were going to be specialty plates they would have surely been on New Years. They did have a drummer and dancing dragon that kept the little kids entertained (OK, and this adult couple also, which is why we stayed there so long). 

Unfortunately (or fortunately) we did not test the restrooms.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: tanline on January 29, 2012, 04:22:04 PM
We did make it to Royal China this Saturday for Dim Sum. 
The food was fine with some slightly different variations that we had not had before but there were no specialty plates brought around, not one offering, even during prime time from before Noon till well after 1 PM. (No, the two of us did not eat for that long, see dancing dragon below). You could of course order a Dim Sum portion of clams with black bean sauce (which we did) but this requires you knowing exactly what you want and removes the enjoyment and choice of seeing something different and enticing coming your way.  Perhaps it has just gotten too expensive to make specialty small plates that may not all be consumed.  I would have thought that if there were going to be specialty plates they would have surely been on New Years. They did have a drummer and dancing dragon that kept the little kids entertained (OK, and this adult couple also, which is why we stayed there so long). 

Unfortunately (or fortunately) we did not test the restrooms.

They had specialty plates last Sunday, we had the clams, crispy skin roast pork and Chinese broccoli...  But I think the bigger plates like these are usually served on Sunday at Royal China.  I avoid the bathrooms...
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Fooddoc on January 29, 2012, 04:37:14 PM
Sundays may actually be the secret. Years ago we always went to Dim Sum on Sunday but more recently circumstances have made Sunday unavailable so we switched to Saturdays.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: shoeshine boy on January 30, 2012, 07:53:28 AM
funny you should mention this....we went on Sunday and were very pleased. first off, I like they way the host was running the wait for tables. he had 3 lists and 3 sets of numbers depending on how many were in your party. it seemed to be separated by parties of 2, 4 and large groups. I think it ran very well.
after a modest 15, maybe 20 minute wait we were seated and immediately bombarded with a variety of dim sum. we had just about all of our favorites in the span of about 3 minutes. I did test the bathrooms out of necessity. the unisex bathroom on the main level was dirty and out of TP so I headed up the small flight of stairs to the other bathrooms and found them to be operational, well stocked and perfectly clean. back to the food, everything was hot and yummy. I will say that I didn't see any of the "specialty" plates rolling around though the table behind us ordered the clams. there were plenty of Sundays at China Delight where they didn't have pork and duck as well so this isn't a big deal to us. overall I was very pleased with both the service and food. I think this is our new go-to dim sum place.
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Post by: Hrothgar on January 31, 2012, 04:22:39 PM
Yeah, I think you have to go on Sundays (and a little bit later in -- like 11:30 or so?) to have any hope of seeing the dishes you describe. We usually go on Sundays and I know we've had the clams in black bean sauce, Chinese broccoli, salt and pepper shrimp, etc. off the carts.
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Post by: LizR on March 07, 2012, 03:19:28 PM
Travelled to the hinterlands to Golden House in Duluth on Sunday. Just ok dim sum - nothing really had much flavor or stood out, and we were there with a party of six adults and three kids, so we got to try a lot of different items. When I just googled to get the location, I see that Kessler was not a fan of their diim sum either - but he does seem to like the regular menu items. Same chef as BoBo house, which also left me a little cold a couple of weeks ago. Go figure.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: bettylouski on March 08, 2012, 06:40:53 AM
Chef has now left Golden House and returned to the former Wan Lei where he started (now called Coco or something like that).  Much more convenient location on BuHi near PDK.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Jmolinari on March 08, 2012, 01:15:45 PM
It's a cantonese version of Peter Chang.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: totm on June 18, 2012, 07:42:41 AM
If Father's day was any indication the best time to get to Golden House is about 11:15.  The wait kicks in about 11:30.  And the big carts start rolling about 11:45, fresh calamari, steaming Chinese broccoli, duck (w/crispy skin) and roast pork, and clams with black bean sauce.  Unfortunately, we were too full for most of the good stuff.  What we had before that was good but nothing special or unique.

BTW, a Chinese co-worker indicates that Golden House is owned by the same people that own/run Royal China.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: shoeshine boy on November 02, 2012, 07:16:43 AM
dined at Royal China last Sunday. we've tried it several times since China Delight closed and been happy each time but on this visit we got a huge endorsement when Kevin Rathbun walked in with some friends. gotta be good if the big guy likes it. :)


Royal China Restaurant

3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 216-9933

Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Elijah Snow on November 02, 2012, 12:12:27 PM
Should you find yourself at East Pearl, and assuming you don't mind a little grease, get the pumpkin custard things. They're legit.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: tansu on January 28, 2017, 06:47:46 AM
Best BBQ and DIM SUM is making some of the best Dim Sum and is now in grocery store at Asian Square after leaving Great Wall.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: Fooddoc on January 28, 2017, 12:50:41 PM
Just came back from GW and saw that Best BBQ was closed so this helps but could you specify more precisely the store location.  Can't remember which is "Asian Square".
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: tansu on January 28, 2017, 02:34:43 PM
I got the heads up on   http://friedchickenlips.blogspot.com/2017/01/best-bbq-dim-sum.html
Went and got order to go but will be back this new year sunday.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: tanline on February 02, 2017, 02:41:45 PM
Asian Square (5150 Buford Hwy) - inside the Asian Supermarket that was Ranch 99 - same place as Sweet Hut/Quoc Huong/Mings BBQ/BBQ Corner II/Mamaks.  Just went last weekend - fabulous especially at 11am when a lot of the fried dim sum just came out.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: LizR on February 15, 2017, 02:26:59 PM
Anyone been to Royal China lately? There was a write up in Atlanta Magazine that indicated they they have more variety than other folks these days. Where are the winds of delicious dim sum blowing lately? Have to try Best BBQ.
Title: Re: Dim Sum
Post by: shoeshine boy on February 16, 2017, 07:01:36 AM
Anyone been to Royal China lately? There was a write up in Atlanta Magazine that indicated they they have more variety than other folks these days. Where are the winds of delicious dim sum blowing lately? Have to try Best BBQ.

we're regulars at Royal China. we don't really go anywhere else so I can't really say if they have more variety than other places but they have enough variety to keep us happy and we've done "real dim sum" in NYC, Boston and San Fransisco.