I ate at Chau Chow City on Christmas day, and I thought it was decent overall. However, I feel like Chau Chow City has sort of lost its grandeur (if it ever had any?). I thought the lights were kinda dim, the room felt crowded, and it just didn't feel very *nice*. 10 years ago, I think it was a bit brighter and cleaner maybe.
Anyway, food was pretty good. Highlights included the shrimp rice noodles rolls (shrimp were plump and tender), pan-fried dumplings and various other steamed dumplings. But compared to two recent visits to Hei La Moon (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810122) I think it didn't quite live up, and the total bill for 9 people was about equal at both restaurants. Hei La Moon currently has a bit more variety, has bigger dining rooms (more space between tables), and has a few standout items (the baked pork buns, the durian flavored sweets), so I think I'll probably head to HLM in the future for dim sum with carts (or dim sum with large groups)
Hei La Moon
88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Chau Chow City
81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111