I had doubt when Hargau said Oriental Pearl was outstanding.
When they first opened, we tried their weekend dim sum. Our conclusion was "don't even bother".
As it is more easy for restaurants going downhill then getting better, I find it hard to believe someone would say it is outstanding. But since it has been in business for a couple years now and someone from this board recommended it, we gave it a try last weekend and I have to tell you, maybe because we didn't have high expectation, we were amazed by the quality and the variety of the food.
First, for the dim sum which we had no expectation at all after the experience from Yangtze River, we were very satisfactory with them. Certainly, they are not of Chinatown's calibre which you pay $2.5 average for one dish, the Siumai and Chicken feet are not bad at all.
As for the buffet table, they have a wide variety of food. The items include raddish cake, salt and pepper shrimp, five spice beef, congee, soy bean milk. What drove us to keep going back to for more were the pig feet and beef chowfun. They are better than a lot of places in Chinatown. Thier Fuzhou fish ball also adds person characteristic to this restaurant as the owner came from Fuzhou.
The best way to tell you how much I like it is I will pay $7.95 just for the beef chowfun, not to mention other items that you eat it not because you want to get the value back but they actually taste good.