After many recommendations from different friends, I finally got around to trying the Yum Cha at this restaurant. And I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, it was worth the hype.
I'm a firm believer in perfect Yum Cha dining time is somewhere around 11.30-12.30 at most places. It's busy enough that the selections on the carts and from the kitchen are fresh and straight from the kitchen, and there's just enough vibe to make it interesting. It's busy, but not packed in most places I've been. And that was true as well here when I visited.
It's true that the best dishes on the menu are the seafood ones. They are fresh and tasty. Though, I found everything to be excellent quality actually. If you're a regular Yum Cha visitor then most of what you'll find come around will be familiar to you.
For me these days a good Yum Cha experience is not so much about the choices on the trolleys (though important), but it's if I can catch up with friends and have a conversation over an hour or so without being force fed or rushed through and out the door as quickly as possible. I like the tea to be topped off with water as we drink it down, and non scornful looks when a chopstick awkward friend asks for a fork. Complimentary parking is a bonus (which they have here), and enough of the jacketed staff who can actually take a drink order or something that's not on a cart.
I may have bit of a Westerner's skew on what Yum Cha means - that is probably true. I'm happy for the full on Yum Cha madness, but often unacquainted friends are not so comfortable with the normal hustle bustle. So, all of these things are welcome additions to our Sunday catchup.
I'm happy to report that this venue ticks all those boxes for me. And after a full, satisfying feed we head off to see a movie utterly content.