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"O' Mei," Richmond Hill - Consistently excellent Dim Sum and now featuring, may be the BEST freshly baked BBQ pork buns in the GTA!

Charles Yu | Sep 22, 202012:43 PM     2

With a huge and varied menu featuring excellently crafted Dim Sum from both Southern and Northern regions of China. This iconic establishment, besides being my go-to-place for Giant lobster multiple ways, has also been one of my favorite venue for consistently well-made Dim Sum. Sadly, for the latter, it has been frequently over-looked?!

Taking advantage of temporary Covid closure, it underwent a much needed renovation, adding some modern and minimalist touches to its decor but most of all, introducing tall, transparent plexi-glass partition for all indoor table setting!.....a most welcoming safety and well thought-of addition.

Today, with gloriously calm, warm and sunny weather. my wife and I was planning to sort out a nice Dim Sum venue for an out-door patio lunch. However, with O'Mei partially empty front-of-house and practicing some effective health safety protocol, we ended up having an indoor lunch there instead! This is our FIRST indoor Chinese meal for over 6 months!
With only the two of us, we were limited to picking only a small number of dishes to share. Everyone of our selection was a winner! :D

Award for stand-out dish must be handed to that piping hot ' Freshly Baked BBQ Pork Buns '. Man! Were they goooood! Lovely crunchy topping with delicate spongy shell created a lovely textural interplay. Not overly sweet, the bun was generously filled with delicious, juicy BBQ pork filling. So far, IMHO, no one does it better in the GTA! Similar quality product can only be found in some Michelin star establishments in Hong Kong....No joke!

Har Gow shrimp dumpling was as good as expected from a good GTA Dim Sum restaurant. Though the translucent and chewy wrapper was ' rather thickish ' as usual, the sweet, crunchy and juicy prawn filling was highly commendable and enjoyable.

One of my wife's favorite Northern style Dim Sum - 'Shallow fried, shredded Turnips Pancake' was next. Though slightly under-seasoned, (nothing a slight sprinkle of salt cannot undone) however, the overall non-greasy texture and taste profile was very pleasurable.

Yearning for some long-overdue salty, crispy and savory protein. Instead of ordering more Dim Sum, we opted for half of their house special crispy fried free range chicken instead. Though a rather extravagant choice for a regular Dim Sum luncheon for two. This delectable addition was well worth the extra money.

Overall, a most enjoyable Covid-era Dim Sum Lunch. For enjoyable and great selection Dim Sum, O' Mei should be in every body's book!

Now, wish us LUCK and symptoms free for the next 14 days! :)

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