International Dim Sum Directory
Dim Sum treats in Canada
My name is Jamie and I have the best Dim Sum restaurant
anywhere, right here in Hamilton, Ontario. I used
to have to travel to Toronto to get a good dim
sum lunch but since I have discovered this restaurant,
all that has changed. Catherine and Sam own and
run the Crystal Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.
They are not only friendly and gracious but Sam
cooks the best dim sum I have ever had anywhere
in the world (including Hong Kong and mainland
China). I bring all of my friends and family whenever
they come here. I invite any journeywomen (and
their friends) to come to Hamilton to have this
delightful food. Address: 94 Cannon Street West,
Unit 3 & 4. Tel: (905) 308-8208 P.S.Thanks
for such an inspiring newsletter. I always read
it three or four times and savour every word.
Jamie, Hamilton, Canada
Cameron Chinese Seafood -- I
have been living in China for the last 3 years.
You might have expected that I would be telling
you about my favourite dim sum restaurant here.
But I am not going to do that, because I have
never been to a dim sum restaurant in the city
where I have lived most of the time, Beijing.
One reason is because dim sum restaurants are
far more popular and common in the south of China.
On the other hand, when I am back in Canada,
I am starved for my 'real' Chinese food. I like
to head to Kitchener (the city beside my hometown
of Cambridge) to Cameron Chinese Seafood for a
fix. Steamed barbecue pork buns and turnip cake--here
I come! 21 Cameron Street. Tel: 576-3030.
Linda, Beijing, China
My suggestion for delicious Dim Sum is the Yangtze
Dining Lounge. Address: 700 Somerset
St. W. Tel: 613-236-0555. Expect it to be very
busy on weekends, but well worth the wait.
Helen, Ottawa, Canada
My best experience with Dim Sum was one of
my first experiences. The Yangtze
in Ottawa in the heart of China
Town is amazing. It opened my eyes to a whole
new type of dining experience. Address: 700 Somerset
St W (Near Cambridge N). Tel: 613 236 0555.
Olga , Guelph, Canada
There are lots of dim sum restaurants in our city
but here are two that stand out in my books. Both
of these are atypical of the stereotypical Chinese
restaurants. That is, they are quiet and have
a contemporary ambience. They serve very good
to excellent dim sum choices, but definitely cost
a bit more.
Cha Liu is an all day dim sum
(small) restaurant on a 2nd floor which overlooks
Yonge Street. (N. of Eglinton). Order is by al
a carte menu. Tel: 2352 Yonge St., 2nd Fl. Tel:
416-485-1725. Website: http://www.chaliu.com
Lai Wah Heen is located inside
the Metropolitan Hotel; take the elevator up a
couple of floors. Expect standard (plus newly
created selections) of dim sum. Contemporary décor,
quiet, good service and delicious dim sum by al
a carte. Address: 108 Chestnut Street. Tel: (416)
977-9899. Website: http://www.metropolitan.com
Lily, Toronto, Canada
I live in Switzerland but my favorite Dim Sum
restaurant is in Toronto. It's called Dynasty.
Whenever I go to Toronto I have to have Dynasty's
Dim Sum at least once. Lots of Chinese
patrons there which is a good sign. Sometimes
it does get quite busy and loud, but the food
is worth it. Yummie. Here are the details -- Address:
131 Bloor St. W 2nd Floor. Tel: (416) 923-2323.
Barbara, Bern, Switzerland
I just have to write to you about our favourite
spot in Toronto which is about one hour west of
where we live. After a day of shopping or galleries
in Toronto we always visit The Whistling
Oyster at 11 Duncan Street downtown in
the theatre district. They have a wonderful Dim
Sum menu. But that's not all. Every day between
3 and 6 p.m. is happy hour when you can order
smaller inexpensive versions of all of their Dim
Sum menu items. This is a great way to taste a
wide variety of what they have available. Table
seating is available with a view to the kitchen
and you can also order at the bar which is what
we prefer. Shelley makes everyone feel welcome,
there is ususally lots of chatting between customers
and it is not long before you feel like you are
part of the gang visiting your own local hangout.
Check it out, you will not be disappointed! Website:
Mary Lou, Cold Springs, Canada
My favourite Cantonese dim sum restaurant is
Jade Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
at 5505 Leslie Street (northeast corner of Leslie
and Finch intersection) in North York, Ontario,
M2H 3W6. Phone: 416-492-3688. To start, this restaurant
serves a very good quality tea. Dim sum is served
on linen tablecloths rather than plastic sheeting.
I tend to go with friends who share a love of
shrimp. We call our lunch "Shrimpfest".
We order shrimp based- dim sum. Jade Dynasty orders
a very good quality of shrimp and they do not
skimp on quantities stuffed into noodles. Ordering
is done off of an extensive order sheet and supplementary
offerings are made by circulating wait staff.
This restaurant has a private room for groups
of 25 - a great idea for family gatherings, and
reunions. Prices are reasonable, service is good.
I have been eating dim sum in Toronto for over
25 years and this happens to be my favourite place.
P.S. Many Torontonians will recommend Lai
Wah Heen in the Metropolitan Hotel at
108 Chestnut Street in downtown Toronto. It's
located just one block north of Toronto City Hall.
Phone: 416-977-9899. They have an elaborate if
not extravagant Cantonese dim sum menu with lots
of seafood including lobster as well as Peking
duck. They offer an a la carte menu or set dinners.
The New York Times claims they serve the best
dim sum in Toronto if not North America. I simply
find that it is very expensive for what dim sum
is intended to be - an informal meal shared with
family and friends, with little pleasing mouthfuls
Jane, Toronto, Canada
In Thornhill, I recommend Furama House
Chinese Restaurant. Address: 100 Steeles
W, Thornhill Tel: (905) 731-3288. The food is
reasonably priced, tasty and diners are offered
a good variety. This restaurant is at the north
end of Toronto, just west of Yonge St (the major
artery). Having tasted Dim Sum in London, Vancouver
and San Francisco as well as Toronto I can still
say that Furama House is an excellent choice.
Wendy, Richmond Hill, Canada
Rol San is a solid dim sum restaurant with two distinct seating areas for customers. Its shop front is recognizable to those who remember to look for two neon lobsters in the window. Once the front area fills up, customers will be seated in the back overflow room. Never assume that the place cannot hold any more people. Rol San delivers on dim sum favourites such as cheung fun (rice rolls with beef, shrimp or BBQ pork) and has wonderful steamed items such as har gow or siu mai. I love Phoenix Claws but wouldn't expect it to be the main draw for even the most devoted dim sum aficionado! This is a happening spot, especially for families out for weekend dim sum on the Spadina strip. Rol San's helpful and efficient staff may seem harried but they do not hurry the customers. Address: 323 Spadina Avenue (at St. Andrews Street). Tel: 416-977-1128.
Jse-Che, Toronto, Canada
There's something extraordinary about Montreal's
Red Ruby Rouge for the quality
of its Dim Sum and its setting. Address: 1008
Clark, Montreal, Quebec. Tel. 514-390-8828. Website:
Nestled in the heart of Montreal's Chinatown,
Red Ruby Rouge is an adventure -- from the anticipation
of awaiting your table number to be called, to
the expansive room of assorted red clothed tables
facing a wall of windows and the unfolding drama
of fellow diners, travellers and regulars alike.
Nearly enough to eclipse the passing carts of
wondrous Dim Sum ... but not quite. Yum! Best
wishes and bon appétit!
Anastasia, Montreal, Canada
We have an awesome Dim Sum restaurant in town
called The Mandarin. It doesn't
have a website, but their contact info is: 244-1818.
The owner is named Paul Lee, and he also happens
to be a professor of physiology at the University
of Saskatchewan. As their advertisement says "welcome
to traditional Chinese food" and "if
your favourite dish is not listed, please ask".
And ask we did, as my Dad's favourite Dim Sum
dish from Victoria BC was always baby octopus.
So Paul, the owner, ended up bringing them in,
just to please my Dad. And, when they weren't
done as they had been in Victoria, Paul changed
the recipe to reflect the deep fried nature of
the original dish.
Paul makes you feel so welcome, getting to know
people by name and coming over to your table every
time to catch up and share a hearty laugh with
you. We recently celebrated my father's 60th birthday
there, and Paul and staff did an amazing job with
the (about) 9 courses that they served for the
party. Every time the staff came out with a new
dish people cheered and then groaned with the
realization of how full they were but how badly
they wanted to eat some of the new dish! Every
Saturday and Sunday, no matter when you go, the
restaurant is always full with Chinese and non-Chinese
families and usually you can run into someone
Chloe, Saskatoon, Canada
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