WARNING. NOTHING IN THIS PICTURE was offered on the Church Key's carts. THIS PIC is not mine, but came from Travel & Leisure's website. I went last night. In fact, I didn't see anything on The Church Key's carts that remotely resembled anything like dim sum. NOTHING.
Travel & Leisure had this as one of the 17 best dim sum restaurants in America?
It's not that their dim sum isn't good, THERE IS NO DIM SUM. NO DIM SUM AT ALL. NADA. RIEN. Now I'm pissed off at Travel & Leisure. This isn't, say, a "contemporary spin" on dim sum, or "modern": dim sum. These are simply carts with stuff on them. Putting small plates from, say, Clifton's Cafeteria on a cart would be as close to dim sum as The Church Key. NO. NOT DIM SUM.
Nothing on the menu is close to dim sum either.
GOT DIM SUM? NOPE.
I didn't see ANYTHING like this. There was some sushi and sashimi (sushi and sashimi on a cart? Now there's a aggravatingly bad idea!)..
Bread on a cart? That's a fucking BREAD CART! Not dim sum. Not a dim sum cart. (Yeah, they had bread on a cart. I've been to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion - now that's a bread cart of the Gods. This cart? Like a bread cart I would imagine in a nice prison.)
I've heard of bait and switch, but this is bait and go fuck yourself. Not a dumpling or dumpling-like item within a mile. No buns (oh, pretzels on a plate. That's as close as I got. Hm. Pretzel is made with flour, and dim sum wrappers made from flour. So it must be dim sum!)
Never got any complimentary truffle popcorn either.
(Service was friendly and helpful. Place is nice. Bustling, young crowd. This place could likely merit a decent review had I not been led there under false circumstances. Not even sure it's their fault, but they do offer a card that gets stamped when you get something off their carts - which is in some way emulating a small, meaningless component of the dim sum experience)
I apologize if this has been said before, I just felt it needed to be stressed. Travel & Leisure needs a spanking.