For those of you fellow CH who reside up north and might find the Grand, near the airport, a bit too far to drive, Empire court inside the Hilton Suite hotel is worth considering as a comparable alternative for fine Dim Sum.
With elegant decor, a cozy and quiet ambience, attentive service and surprisingly good Dim Sum, Empire Court has been overlooked by a number of us CH.
We went for Dim Sum lunch this holiday long week-end and was pleasantly surprised to find the place only 80% full! Apart from the traditional choices such as Har Gow, rice noodles, chicken feet... etc, we also opted for a few 'nouveau' items. The stand out being a 'pan seared scallops with mango compote and pine nuts, each of the three morsel served artfully in a porcelain soup spoon. Another interesting item being the miniturized sesame doughnut dessert. The piping hot sesame doughnut has a super crispy skin and a delactable soft custard / fresh fruit centre. A nice fusion creation. Other nice touches include surrounding the shrimp rice noodle with a bed of some al dente, shan tong poached, pea sprouts.
Of the few Dim Sum lunches I had up north within the past few months whicn included Casa Imperial, Casa Victoria, Full House, Golden Court,, O'Mei and Regal16, the Empire Court ,total experience , must rank on top. At $69 before tips for 4 person, its a mighty good deal as well!