Restaurants & Bars 3

Charlotte - Dim Sum

uptown jimmy | May 5, 200801:39 PM

As in, the restaurant named Dim Sum, on Central Ave. Really good food, even if we do strongly prefer their "authentic Chinese cuisine" to the dim sum.

The dim sum was really good, but not up to what we've had in San Francisco, but that's not really fair, and we enjoyed our dumplings very much. We had the usual dim sum offerings, the shrimp dumplings and the leek dumplings (loved those) and the pork dumplings, etc. The only thing that didn't truly please us, oddly, was the potstickers: they were sorta doughy and a little sweet.

But the dishes we ordered off the regular menu were amazing. The staff was eager to please, and when we refused to be steered towards the stuff "that Americans like", they just flipped the menu to the "authentic Chinese cuisine" section. We had:

Bok Choy - so good, plenty of ginger and garlic and sauteed in a chicken-brothy sauce, a really beautiful dish.

Vegetables in Clay Pot with Clear Noodles - Wow, this is one of the best things I've ever had. We doctored it a bit with soy sauce and chili paste, and they encouraged us to eat it with rice. The noodles almost melt into the dish, which was full of fried tofu and various al dente veggies. Phenomenal, just an addictive pleasure to eat.

Water Cress Pork Soup - Again, one of the most satisfying things we've ever eaten. This completely overshadowed the dim sum.

We will return soon, I hope. The tanks in the foyer had beautiful lobsters and Dungeness crabs. The price on those was a bit steep for us, but I desperately want to try the crab.

Anyway, these folks do really good Chinese food, and they are so friendly and helpful, you just feel right at home. I look forward to eating my way through the entire menu.

And here's another shout-out to Chinese restaurants who don't try to hide the good stuff from us round-eyes. Dim Sum puts the "real deal" right there in its own special section of the menu, and that's a very cool thing. Let us enjoy your food the way it is supposed to be enjoyed, and we will surely return again and again.

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