After reading many blog posts, reviews, and boards, I cannot choose a dim sum restaurant in Vancouver. My parents' anniversary is coming up and I would like to take them for dim sum. We are from Calgary where good dim sum is pricey and scarce.
We fell in love with the dim sum at Fu Sing in Hong Kong--any similar restaurants in Vancouver? i.e. focused but consistently well-executed menu, classic dim sum done with a twist, innovative items like sweet potato and ginger dumplings.
I've narrowed the list down to these restaurants, but have a few hesitations:
- Red Star (I have heard it is pricey, but not necessarily worth the extra cost)
- Sun Sui Wah (I had a poor first taste at the Main St location--tough and chewy black pepper ribs, cold brisket, thick skin on the shrimp dumplings)
- Kirin (downtown or Richmond? Has the quality dropped off in recent years?)
- Sea Harbour (varying reports; seems inconsistent)
- Shiang Garden (ditto)
If it helps, we love to eat these dim sum items:
- xiao long bao/soup dumplings (should we wait to eat these at an actual Shanghainese resto like Long's or Chen's?)
- sang jeen bao/soup buns
- har gow/shrimp dumplings
- beef balls
- beef tendon
- duck feet (the steamed, white kind)
Thank you for your advice!