Rating: Two thumbs up
Time in: 12 PM
Time out: 1:33 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Chicken feet (we really pressed her for a recommendation and I (Jenne) wondered if she recommended that to freak us out on purpose!)
What we ordered: Dim sum
Number in our party: 5 (Laura, Kate, and Anna as guest judges)
Final check amount: $69.07
- The restaurant is huge, loud, and festive. It feels like you’re at a wedding or a giant graduation party.
- We broke our rule and did not order the chicken feet. Jenne wanted to, but I have a horror of chicken feet. Shudder. They look like they’re going to grab onto your shirt.
- The cart ladies were very nice and didn’t mind us constantly asking what things were.
- The shrimp har gow was simple, but tasty. A good baseline starter.
- The strong fishy flavor in the turnip cake was surprising, but most of us liked it once we got used to it.
- The greens were good, not overcooked.
- The filling could be better for the BBQ bao.
- The fried taro was lukewarm — it would be much better hot.
- The shrimp noodle was QUITE delicious. Better than China Max’s!
- I thought that the meat filling in the potstickers should be pureed a bit more. It was a bit gristly.
- Anna: Any steamed bun, potstickers, flaky BBQ pork pastry
- Kate: Greens, sesame balls, flaky BBQ pork pastry
- Jenne: Shrimp noodle, sesame balls
- Laura: Shrimp noodle, flaky BBQ pork pastry
- Miko: Shrimp noodle
- If you want to experience the crazy but fun chaos of dim sum on carts, go to Jasmine! If you’d like a more relaxed atmosphere where you can talk, go to China Max! Just don’t ever go to Emerald!
Address: 4609 Convoy St
Phone number: 858.268.0888
Accepts credit cards? Yes, but they take a maximum of only 2 cards per bill.
Parking: Crowded shared lot
Ideal group size: Any, as long as you’re willing to wait
Noise level: 3.5