Nominated for: BEST Chinese
Dim sum lovers head straight to the Empress Seafood Restaurant for Chinese cuisine. This premier dim sum palace has attracted a loyal clientèle's for more than 15 years. Although there are several translations for the words “dim sum,” the phrase most accurately describing the Empress's offerings is “to order to one's heart's content.” And with more than 65 items on the restaurant's dim sum menu alone, diners can do just that. From comforting selections such as the heavenly steamed barbecue pork buns (bahn bao nhan xa xiu) to the more adventurous tripe with turnip (long bo cu cai) or jellyfish with duck (sua vjt quay), every offering piques your fascination and tantalizes your tongue. With prices hovering around $2 per order, you can afford to check your conservative taste buds when you walk in the door. Depending on your tastes, come when the dining room is hopping on the weekends, when diners are eating elbow to elbow and are eagerly awaiting the return of the dim sum carts as they encircle the room. Or, if serenity is more your cup of tea, visit on calmer weekday, when you can order at your leisure and savor every last drop. Either way, come with your own entourage-you'll want a team to help you order every item on the list.
Two words: DIM SUM. I grew up eating Dim Sum on weekends at China Terrace, a long since out of business downtown restaurant owned by the same people who own the Empress. You can't find more authentic Dim Sum in the 303. Period. Try their pan fried noodles--I like the house noodles, but try any of them--You won't regret it.
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