For a while now my friend Barbara has been trying to lure me into her favorite Chinese restaurant to try Dim Sum. She had already introduced me to the world of sushi, and when she heard I had never tried Dim Sum either, she was a woman on a mission.
Today we finally got together for lunch so I could see what all the hype was about.
Tai Wu was pretty much what you expect a Chinese restaurant to look like. Red, dragony things, gold, chopsticks etc. One thing I hadn’t noticed until Barb pointed it out was that we were they only crackers in the place! You know a Chinese restaurant is good when most of the people eating there are Chinese. I mean, they should know their shit when it comes to Chinese food, right? It’s like Canadians and donuts.
Anyhow, we ordered a few different dishes… and I wish I’d remembered to get my camera out to take photos of each and every one, but I was too busy stuffing my face. Sorry, no photos of that either this time. I did manage to get this one after Barbara inquired if I wanted to get a photo of the food before it’s all gone.
She totally had my back, because I’d have had to order all over again if I didn’t get ANY photos. Although I probably could have gone to someone else’s table and taken photos of their food but that might be a bit creepy.
Don’t even ask me what the stuff is called, because all the writing on the menu is in Chinese. There are photos and in the corner there’s a little photo of a cow, a pig, a shrimp or a chicken. Beyond that you just try to take what looks good.
This thing in the bottom of the photo was supposed to be pork, but it totally had shrimp in it. Good thing we weren’t allergic!
To drink we had Chinese tea. Which, if I’m honest, tasted like normal tea. Don’t go by what I say though because unless it’s something fruity, all tea tastes the same to me. A lot of my friends go bananas over all these different kinds of tea. I don’t get it. I’m the last person you ever want on your team for a tea tasting contest. Thankfully none of my friends ever have those.
So, what did I think of my first Dim Sum experience? The company was awesome, as usual. The restaurant itself has a nice atmosphere, friendly staff and the food was really good. The most surprising part is that it wasn’t even that expensive. I was expecting it to come out more than it was, so it was a very pleasant surprise!
I’ll definitely try it again, and drag my husband with me. He loves that kind of thing! I think if he wasn’t sick and completely nauseated at the thought of food today, he’d be quite jealous that I went without him!
If you have a hankering for Chinese food, you should check this place out. It’s about a block from the Pathe in the city center, a very short walk from central station, so even handy if you have friends coming from out of town. Judging by the amount of people there at 2pm on a Friday afternoon… I’d make a reservation if you plan on going in the evening. I get the feeling they get REALLY busy.
P.s. My favorite were the steamed dumplings with sweet pork inside thingies. Pretty sure that’s what they were called. So damn good.