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Dynasty is easy to spot on Route-22 thanks to its tall sign with lobsters on it and the stone lions guarding the doors. The best to go is right when the restaurant opens at 11am to get a table for dimsum on the weekend, because this is a popular dimsum place with long waiting lines during peak hours. Newly renovated a couple of years ago, it now has a bar and a nicer, slightly more open dining area. Gone (unfortunately) are the big fish tanks by the door and the paper parasols that used to decorate the ceiling, but now part of the kitchen is visible through glass, which adds some entertainment value.

Carts are pushed around the dining area, but also sometimes waiters with trays of dishes will pass by. Service is usually quick, though during peak times it can be hard to get immediate attention. But the dishes are excellent. There’s hot and tender taro cake, plump chive dumplings, steaming and fragrant lotus rice, tender tripe, and those long steamed noodles wrapped around shrimp and basted with soy sauce. When we accidentally ordered a dish, thinking it was something else, they immediately took it back and crossed it off our bill without blinking. There’s a good variety of foods and they’re always hot and fresh.

100 U.S. 22  Green Brook, NJ 08812, USA

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Buried on the second floor of an unassuming little mall in Chinatown lies a bustling, no-frills dimsum resto. Dimsum is served everyday. The rapid turnover is impressive, even at 1pm on a Sunday with a crowded waiting area, and once seated it is easy to get a cart server’s attention. Dish selection is decent, and our favourite is the fragrant lotus-wrapped sticky rice.  The quality of the food is fine, but nothing special. It’s best to get a table close to where the carts are coming out, or you might get cold food; we were once served cold deep fried taro-wrapped pork. When you want to pay, you have to wave down a waiter – clad in black – and they calculate your bill.  The tab for 5 dimsum dishes was an astonishingly cheap $18, sans tip (it would have been a few bucks more had they had chive dumplings).

1111 Rue St. Urbain, Unit M05 (2nd floor) at Blvd. Rene Levesque O.

metro: Place d’Armes

 

See November 2009 review here.

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My husband and I were very happy to discover this slightly run down yet popular dim sum place in Chinatown several weeks back, and have been making weekly pilgrimages to it since. Located on the second floor of a small shopping center in a nondescript alley-like street, it may be tricky to find for those unfamiliar with the area, but it is our current favorite dim sum provider.

The dining area is billed as the largest in Chinatown and the only time we had to wait for a table was during the Chinese New Year madhouse. Servers navigate the rooms with steaming carts, and it looks like diners also have the option to approach a buffet-style table with similar items – a good option when the carts sometimes take longer than comfortable to get to your table. The selection is pleasingly large and tasty, though they still don’t have my beloved chive dumplings. When we were once served cold taro dumplings, a server took it back and reheated it for us. Diners are overwhelmingly Chinese, though there are always one or two non-Asians in the mix. Bizarre infomercials play on the large TVs mounted on the walls. Prices are cheap (~$13 for 4 dishes).

metro: Place d’Armes

1008 Rue Clark at Ave. Viger O.

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Buried on the second floor of an unassuming little mall in Chinatown lies a bustling, no-frills dimsum resto. The rapid turnover was impressive, even at 1pm on a Sunday with a crowded waiting area, and once seated it was easy to get a cart server’s attention. Dish selection was decent, especially the fragrant lotus-wrapped sticky rice; the taro cake was a little tough and we were once served cold deep fried taro-wrapped pork.  The tab for 5 dimsum dishes was an astonishingly cheap $18, sans tip (it would have been a few bucks more had they had chive dumplings).

1111 Rue St. Urbain, Unit M05 (2nd floor) at Blvd. Rene Levesque O.

metro: Place d’Armes

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