I ate there this past Sunday (11-27-06) and must admit to a bit of disappointment. We were there for about an hour, and several standards did not come by, including filled steamed broad rice noodles, taro pancakes, and zongzi (steamed wrapped glutinous rice) - though I did see the latter on a far off table as we were leaving. I also felt that the dumpling we did have were not adequately differentiated in taste, reflecting an inadequate use of ginger and other aromatics.
Two questions, then:
Do you share my disappoint with Empress or not? I'm interested in a good defense of this venerable dim sum venue.
What is an excellent alternative, even if a bit pricier?