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Great Eastern (SF) Eliminated from Dim Sum Challenge

Melanie Wong | Apr 20, 200307:14 PM

Time to pick up the reporting again of the North team’s elimination rounds on the way to the final Dim Sum Civil War salvos. Ruth Lafler, who is a member of the North team, and I tried Great Eastern in December. Even though both of us had enjoyed dinner service here, we had not been aware that the restaurant served dim sum at lunch time. No carts, ordering is from a pre-printed dim sum list with many choices priced at $2 for small plates, $2.70 for medium, and $3.20 for large plates. Some special items are priced higher.

Our favorite item was the shrimp rice noodle crepe with a particularly refined and well-seasoned superior soy sauce, as would be expected at this seafood specialist. We also liked the soft black sesame filled mochi balls for dessert.

Other things that were good but didn’t hit the same heights were the siu mai (too much shrimp in proportion to the pork), shrimp/dry scallop/snow pea shoot dumpling (could be moister), deep-fried taro dumpling (filling was too bland), and the thousand layer cake. The deep-fried mango and shrimp roll had softened and lack crispness even though it’s supposedly made to order.

Our bill was $25, not much more than the low-end places and in a setting that’s much nicer and less chaotic with staff who speak English well. I found the quality better than the more pricey City View, and would recommend it for good dim sum in Chinatown proper at a reasonable price.

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