There’s not really any kind of gastronomical glory that compares to Chinese Dim Sum. Perfect for any kind of friendly gathering, everything from the carts to the spinning table centerpiece showcasing a myriad of small plates, both traditional and experimental, make the whole meal a memorable family-style event. Lucky for us culturally diverse Dallasites, there’s a slew of Chinese restaurants serving up some delicious Dim Sum. Here’s a few highlights.
1 Royal China
With nearly 30 years under their belts, the folks at Royal China have won the race for longest standing Chinese restaurant in the Big D. But after they re-opened the eatery with a major face lift in 2008, patrons have again claimed the revitalized Royal China as the perfect place for a group lunch, dinner or brunch. Their hand-made dumpling bar offers flavorful Jiaozi, Beijing X'ien-Bin pan-seared and Xiao-Long-Bao soup dumplings with your choice of pork, shrimp, chicken or veggie fillings inside whole wheat wrappers. Their dim sum menu consists of items named after a late-night tryst: The Pillow Talk, the Nightcap and Spoonful of Love are just a few of what you'll find on the list. Looking for something different? Try the Purple Haze, eggplant filled with pork tenderloin. Guaranteed to be gastronomically and visually stimulating.
6025 Royal Ln, Ste 201, 214.361.1771, www.royalchinadallas.com
2 Howard Wang's China Grill
Howard Wang's China Grill opened its doors in 2005, and has since then become a neighborhood favorite with the cool, contemporary deco and the fine Chinese dishes. Dim sum items are available lunch and dinner, listed under the appetizers: choose from traditional dumplings and spring rolls alongside spicy Sichuan Steamed Wontons and Kalibi Ribs marinated in a Korean bbq sauce. Can't decide? Start off with the Dim Sum platter and add more as you go.
4343 W Northwest Hwy, Suite 345, 214.366.1606, hwchinagrill.com
3 J.S. Chen's Dimsum and BBQ
J.S. Chen's offers your traditional dim sum cart service on the weekends for that special brunch-event, but you can still get a full dim sum menu at lunch and dinner. You'll also find some rare items typically only found in authentic Hong Kong dim sum eateries, like chicken feet, taro pie and beef tripes. For the not-so-adventurous eater, traditional dishes like Fried Shrimp Dumpling and Beef Ribs are also available. Don't forget dessert-- the coconut or mango pudding is delicious.
240 Legacy Dr., Ste 118, 972.517.2332, jschensbbq.com
Victory Park's premiere Asian diner, Kenichi is always full of a swanky type of crowd sipping sake and enjoying their extensive selection of dishes. Though Kenichi doesn't have a dim sum menu, guests can sample a wide range of sushi, rolls, tempura veggies and delectable appetizers like the ishiyaki Hot Rock, a stone seared to 1000 degrees that you can use to cook up some Kobe beef or scallops. A must-try: the Black Cod Misozuke, a succulent filet of fish marinated in miso for 72 hours and then roasted.
2400 Victory Park Lane, 214.871.8883, www.kenichidallas.com
5 Maxim's Chinese Restaurant
Get here early on the weekends for a seat, since Maxim's fills up fast. And don't worry- the Shark Fin dumpling isn't what you think. It's just a pork dumpling in the shape of a Shark Fin, so dig in. And if you're a vegetarian, you won't be disappointed in their incredible meatless varieties.