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Lucky Three Dim Sum Report

johnb | Sep 2, 2004 10:07 AM

I got to this place yesterday for lunch. Their thing is a dim sum buffet on weekday lunchs. $9.50. The place is owned by the same people who own New Fortune in Gaithersburg, which is my fave dim sum place.

About 80% of the clents were Asian, and of the round-eyes several were in groups including Asians.

The buffet is not huge. Probably 35-40 choices in all, but most of them do qualify as dim sum items. I don't know if they rotate from day-to-day, but there is plenty of variety for a given visit.

In general, the quality is quite good, in fact, better on average than what I have experienced at New Fortune, tho obviously with a lesser selection. It started with a case of fried items near the front, from which the shrimp dumplings and chicken wings were really excellent. Then there is a longer case with various items including noodles, greens, chicken, egg plant/stuffed mushrooms etc. It included some of the best clams in black beans I have ever encountered--clams very fresh and sweet, with just a very light and subtle black bean sauce which perfectly complemented them. Every table had some and it was a real competition to get then--I finally got a server to take pity on me and bring some directly from the kitchen.

Behind that there is a steam table with all the little metal steamers piled on top with various dumplings, as well as the best chicken feet I've ever had and very good tripe.

There was also for desert a large rice cooker full of soft tofu, and a pitcher of a light honey sauce to pour over. An excellent desert.

On the downside the crabs and salt shrimp were not so good.

They have an extensive regular menu, and a separate dim sum menu which I took with me; it has about 70 items listed, including many I'm not familiar with.

On the whole, if you have a jones for dim sum on a weekday at lunchtime, this would be hard to beat. They are at 5900 Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7), just west of Bailey's Xroads.

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