Finally Struck Gold

Searching for cheap and tasty dim sum in Chinatown has been strangely difficult. You would think every other hole in the wall would have dim sum, but that hasn’t been the case, at least not in my explorations.

Cityview is very clean and the food is pretty good. Also, you rarely find the unbearable crowds characteristic of most dim sum places. Herein lies a clue. The biggest problem is it ends up being kind of expensive. I think the bill came out to $20 per person which is on the high side for dim sum. A true lover of dim sum would tell you that the biggest appeal is how cheap and full you can get on these tasty bites, so it makes sense that most people aren’t pounding the door for a table here.

PAFO Ratings for Cityview:
Price 3 ½ stars
Ambiance 3 ½ stars
Food 3 ½ stars
Overall rating 3 stars

Gold Mountain looks more like a typical Chinatown restaurant. It’s a little old and dingy. After fighting the crowds outside the entrance, you enter into a den of crowded tables, banging plates and carts rolling around your typical dim sum fare. Surprisingly, the quality of the ingredients seems above average, at least better than the setting would suggest. They actually use real shrimps in the ha gow and the other dumplings are decent sized. The best part is the price tag… just over $10 per person. Now that is a true sign of a good dim sum restaurant. =)

PAFO Ratings for Gold Mountain:
Price 2 ½ stars
Ambiance 2 stars
Food 4 stars
Overall rating 3 ½ stars

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