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Chance on Smith Street -- good dim sum

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Chance on Smith Street -- good dim sum

quieteater | Jul 19, 2005 04:51 PM

Went to Chance based on positive reviews on this board, and had great dim sum there. Dumplings were delicious!

We ordered three types of dumplings and the fried crab claw, and all were excellent. The lobster and spinach dumpling was packed with lobster flavor (and lobster meat) and the spinach was fresh and not overcooked. The crabmeat and pork soup dumplings were also terrific. The surprise hit, though, was the foie gras and shrimp dumpling, a fusion-y choice that could have gone terribly wrong but didn't. The dumplings were served very hot and the foie gras had become melted and wonderful inside, coating the shrimp and herb filling. Just great.

Soups were also good, the crabmeat and corn soup particularly so. Sweet and crabby and well balanced. Of the entrees we tried, the Peking duck was best, and it was very good. The pancakes were particularly nice. The more "French-style" dishes were merely okay, but I was also very full by the time we reached this part of the meal, so I would be willing to try again and reassess another time.

I might not return to the restaurant, though. I might order in instead. The restaurant itself is fairly strange, with heartbreakingly fussy-yet-inept staff (reaching over diners to adjust bread plates in relation to the placemats, interrupting conversations to demand water glasses be passed to the server to be refilled, visiting our table repeatedly to make awkward conversation without actually offering to take our order.) The Mr.Roboto-style musical selections weren't helping matters, either.

Don't be put off though. The food is very carefully handled, and worth the well-intentioned if intrusive quirks in the service and the atmosphere.

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