Bit of an anti-Thanksgiving chow outing this weekend, ending up at Khababish on Saturday (cabbie joint on Orleans just south of Walton) and Shui Wah for Dim Sum before football.
Khababish was warm and busy at 8 on Saturday. Food was decent. Fish Biryani was a bit dry, with limited flavor. Spinach lamb was greasy, and lamb was all bone and gristle so that there was no meat to eat. My bride partook of a tasty vegetable medley in curry, a wonderful grilled beef, pepper and onion combo (more of a stir fry than what I normally associate with Pakistan, but the seasoning was clearly Indian-style), and a bland and soupy dal, obviously meant to be sopped up with the spicy chapatis which rendered it very pleasant. Happy to be there, and I will go back given the good location, and prices, but I will be more focused in my ordering.
Ended up at Shui Wah for the first time as a fallback on Sunday, and very happily. Started with a fish congee, excellent warm and savory to start the morning. I will not review each and every one of the dishes, because it has been done before and better, just a couple. Chive dumplings were blissful. Each dish was delicately flavored and well done with complexity and depth that was delightful. Even the fried tofu with dipping sauce was airy, tender and just great, and the sweets which I usually do not like were also very good.
Definitely the best Dim Sum I have had and I will be back soon. For a while this place got a lot of attention on the board and then it was displaced by new discoveries. Not sure if that was just due to the novelty factor wearing off, or something else.
Thanks to all (Rene in particular for Khababish, not sure who originally found Shui Wah) for good chowing based on your posts.