After reading the responses to my post last night, I decided on Gold Mountain for dim sum this morning. Gold Mountain was exactly what I wanted. You guys rule.
I arrived at 11:20 or so and got a number for a table for 7 people. There were a lot of people waiting, and I was told the wait would be about 20 minutes (which seemed optimistic) but we ended up getting our table at 11:45.
Dim sum on the whole was very solid...good variety, especially of fried items, we ordered all sorts of things. Our meal was a bit heavy on fried things, but my favorites were all steamed. Shrimp rice noodle rolls were very good, large tender shrimp inside. Har gau were also impressive, some of the best I've ever had. Again the shrimp was cooked perfectly. The braised bean curd skin roll had a slightly more curry-ish or sweet sauce than other versions I'd had before, but I liked it.
Some of the fried dishes were very good, like the small sesame seed balls that were freshly fried and filled with red bean. Others were not as good, like the fried taro puffs which I thought lacked flavor in the filling. Two of us ended the meal with dau fu fa which was very good...syrup didn't seem to have much flavor, just sweet.
Compared to other dim sum places I've been to in other cities, Gold Mountain had fewer steamed/dumpling options, and more fried items. However there were plenty of items for the non-pork eater among us.
We ordered 24 items, which seemed to be plenty for 7 of us, and the total bill (before tip) was 71 dollars. Gooood deal. Service was friendly, the place was bustling but pleasant....I definitely recommend this place for solid, classic dim sum in Chinatown. There's a time and a place for (almost) all types of dim sum, and Gold Mountain was perfect for today. Thanks again,