This was my first visit to Louie's, but after several posts from Yimster and the last Chinatown tour, I was convinced that this would be a great spot for dim sum for birthday weekend. I had many different groups of people to accommodate, and chose Louie's for a group of not terribly adventurous diners, two with young babies in tow.
I organized the menu in advance with Harry, our wonderful waiter, setting a price of $20 per person including tax and tip. I made a few requests based on Bryan's writeup plus my own favorite dim sum specialties. I requested more seafood than pork.
We were served at least 12 dishes in a private room, with attentive service. Nearly everything was superb. I can't recommend this enough, and I know my friends are looking forward to returning.
What I remember (4 Windyrama events later....):
crunchy fried seafood rolls with mango; gyoza-like potstickers with thin skins; squab in lettuce cups; har gow; shui mai; thin wheat noodles with abalone; chow fun with sturgeon; fried tofu puffs; green peppers with shrimp; fried rice; and the highlight, salt and pepper crab. For dessert we had lemon tarts and my favorite, rice dumplings with black sesame seeds, rolled in coconut and peanuts.
Everything but the noodles was devoured, including the orange garnishes. My favorites were the chow fun, tofu puffs, and crab.
With this level of quality and their reasonable prices, it's amazing that Louie's is not packed the way Ton Kiang is. I've always been a big fan of HK Flower Lounge in Millbrae, but with the validated parking, I might be willing to give dim sum in the city another try.
All I can say is, if like me, you've been reading the Louie's recommendations for the past year but haven't been there, what are you waiting for?
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