Local knowledge or where da dim sum at?

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Back in the 80’s the S.F. Chronicle used to host a San Francisco comedy festival in the park. Big event – Robin Williams was rumored to be in town (he did about 15 minutes). We got there early to get a good picnic spot. Now being a couple of Hawai

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  1. Richie (unregistered) on June 6th, 2005 @ 8:37 pm

    Nice entry. :) I’m planning to take my dad to a dim sum place for Father’s Day and we’ll probably go to Legends. Still, it’d be nice to know where that super secret restaurant is. :p

  2. scrivener (unregistered) on June 6th, 2005 @ 9:52 pm

    I like a lot of local dim sum, and I know that’s not what you’re looking for. So it sorta stands to reason that the dim sum I really dislike might be what you ARE looking for, because people seem to really like it. Other people, that is.

    Panda’s Cuisine (not the Szechuan plate-lunch chain) on Keeaumoku. I disliked it. A lot. Perhaps you’ll love it!

  3. tdogg (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 10:20 am

    Panda is good! They’re really generous with seafood–try the seafood bundle, har gao, spinach dumpling with shrimp or scallop, taro puff, and look funn with shrimp or scallops. I’m jealous…I’m stuck here in Chicago, where nothing even holds a candle to Panda. Oh yes, and the mango pudding is good too, as is the dou hua. *drool*

  4. Jenn (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 2:45 pm

    It really depends what you’re looking for.

    Royal Garden in Ala Moana Hotel is okay; a little expensive but you’re paying for the decor and the food quality. I don’t care for the service in this place but they have signature dishes that I don’t usually see in other restaurants.

    Mei Sum on Pauahi is cheaper and much more casual. I prefer higher quality than this, but it’s affordable. It gets very crowded at around 11:30 am, but they are supposed to serve dim sum until 8:45 pm. Their seafood nori roll is great, if you can get it fresh.

    Golden Palace (the old Sea Fortune) is probably the cheapest place I’ve seen for dim sum. As with Mei Sum, the quality isn’t as great as the expensive places but it’s acceptable. Small and medium baskets were $1.50, if memory serves. Also gets really crowded at an early hour.

    Panda Cuisine (that Mitchell mentioned) is okay, but I prefer elsewhere. The jook isn’t that great.

    Legends used to be the best but I’ve heard the quality consistency has taken a nosedive. Haven’t yet been there recently to test this. This was my favorite place for jook, char siu bao, bor choy gau, no mai gai, and dun tarts; everything I ordered was always hot and fresh. I don’t know about now…

    I’ve heard okay things about Happy Day on Waialae, but I haven’t been there for years. I think they’re cheaper than Royal Garden or Legends.

    The old Pearl Seafood in Ala Moana is now Kirin II. They may be continuing the Pearl’s tradition of serving dim sum after 2 pm, but I’m not positive. The dim sum at Pearl’s was good but the a/c was cranked so high that everything got cold super fast!

    There are 2 other dim sum restaurants in the Chinese Cultural Center (where Legends is) but I don’t know their current names. There’s a real hole in the wall on the inside that I’ve heard great things about, and the old Sun Kong (facing the river) was good but it’s changed owners and name since I’ve been there last.

    Dang, I better shut up already. Look at all those places I’ve mentioned! I really am a dim sum freak.

  5. Lloyd (unregistered) on June 11th, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

    Thank you everyone. Looks like Panda gets a try. I will be in town next Wednesday – hey, Meet-Up at Panda Cuisine. Will post a review when done.

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