I liked this place for the buzz it has. As soon as you walk in you know you're somewhere people want to come to, so immediately I begin over analysing the joint.
Friendly staff, slightly slow at taking our order but then we did not have a reservation and it would be fair to say they were run off their feet.
I ordered the Crispy Cod and I was not disappoint in the the slightest. In fact I let my self down by not finishing the dish before it got cold. Substantial amount of fish in a lovely sauce in which I think I could pick out a hint of tamarind.
Possibly the best battered cod I have in the last couple of years.
Will be returning soon.
Popped in for a late dinner after a movie. It was a weekday night and the place was quite busy. We managed to get a cosy table by the sofas. Cute lamps and lanterns hung above the tables, though a bit low I nearly bumped into them a few times - and I'm already a pretty short/petite person
We both ordered tea for drinks, which came served in individual teapots.
For starters we ordered the sharing platter, although not fantastic (and not served quite as hot as we would have liked it to be) was still pretty decent. The spring rolls, prawns and squid was tasty, but the ribs were too hard and dry. Edamame beans also quite cold.
For mains we both ordered the seafood laksa, mainly out of curiousity. As a laksa-loving Asian, I'm always on the lookout for the best ones!
In terms of comparison to the laksa that I've tried in the past, this soup was much more diluted and not very creamy and rich. Plenty of squid and prawns, though could do with a bit more colour and better presentation.
As a laksa dish, I wouldn't count it as anywhere close to authentic, but as a noodle soup dish and based on just flavour, it was pretty tasty.
A bit hit and miss but would try it again in future.
Coming from San Francisco this place was a bit of a joke to me. The inside is attractive and has a trendy feel to it, but the menu is wacky...
Their thing is to take a few items from every Asian culture and do a mediocre/bastardized job of preparing it. Sure if you're not used to good Asian food, this could be your gateway drug. But if you're a pro, best to stay away.
The dim sum was passable, but the crispy duck looked like it had exploded and was a poor attempt at Peking duck.
The food here is pretty tasty and all the sauces that came with the dim sum were well seasoned. I tried pretty mcuh every shrimp dumpling and dim sum option. The spicy shrimp ones were my personal favorite.
The vegetable spring rolls were tasty and served very hot. Be careful not to scorch the tongue on these. Nice dining environment and seems like a good place to bring a group and try a ton of new items with. I went with just a friend and our table was covered.
Would normally be a solid 4 in my book but some dishes came out luke warm and hot food for dim sum is a must! Also the prices are pretty average and not a steal for anything on the meny. Try it if you're in the area, but definitely no somewhere to venture away from chinatown for.
Hand on my heart, I'd never had proper dim sum before! I had had the odd dumpling from a chinese takeaway, but never as a meal solely on its own. Even though my friend who isn't really a fan of dim sum described it as 'soggy little parcels of shit' and 'smelling of feet', I was still interested in trying it!
On a Friday night we were struck with hunger, so we called Dim T to make a reservation. The guy asked when, and when we told him 15 or 20 minutes, he seriously laughed at first. For a moment I was confused because does that mean it's not full at all, they have an overabundance of tables, or does that mean we had no hope in hell? Turns out it was bustling in there. Jokes on him though, as we did manage to score a table 20 minutes later!
We started with spicy edamame (which seemed to be flavoured with a General Tsao kinda sauce) which was DELICIOUS. I was positively groping those things. After an order of spring rolls (a little on the oily side, but pay no mind) I ordered spicy chicken and cashew chicken coriander, but I sampled spicy beef and chicken wasabi mushroom. OMG! Now granted I was in a semi-drunk state (tipsy, if you will), I am now a huge fan! They were a little difficult to eat at first, but I ended up just stabbing them.
I popped to the loo (they passed inspection), and when I came back was presented with a weird looking sea urchin in the bottom of a glass mug. Okay really it was a jasmine flower! It came with a pot of honey which you stick a teaspoon or two into to sweet it up. Despite the odd petal in my mouth, it was a wonderful flavour.
Last but not least were our fortune cookies. They were friggin mini-scrolls, how awesome! I learned you have to eat your cookie before you read your fortune. Mine had something to do with success, or something.
I had a great dim sum experience. It was a in a very fine establishment indeed as well! Lovely decor and atmosphere, along with good food.
Once, I went here for lunch and had some nice laksa and perfectly edible edamame with a friend. We had tea afterwards.
Another time, I went here for lunch with the boy and had some nice laksa and some extremely over-priced dim sum and THE TABLE COLLAPSED. The waiter did not notice. We had to hold the table up, re-attach the legs, and try not to spill the soup.
No apology, not even acknowledgment - however inappropriate it might have been - that the situation was mildly hilarious. Instead, some flustering about. Very helpful.
So, on balance (or not, arf arf), 3 stars. Go to Chinatown for dim sum - the tables don't collapse. Laksa's good though.
Lunch in Dim T was underwhelming at best. The decor was nice, the atmosphere was great, the neighborhood is one of my favourite in London, but the food was the very definition of "unremarkable".
A group of us from the office took a colleague to Dim T for her birthday lunch, on the recommendation of another colleague. We got our little 2-for-1 vouchers for the website and meandered down to the restaurant. The starters were fine--prawn crackers and edamame--but everyone seemed entirely unimpressed with their main.
I had to resort to the ol' standby of Pad Thai, as it was one of the only things on the menu that did not contain the bell peppers that I so detest. It was overly sweet with a sparse smattering of boringly poached chicken and flaccid beansprouts. It wasn't BAD pad thai, to be fair, but if I was ranking all the pad thai I've come across in my life, it would certainly be in my bottom 25%.
My group of special-occasion-lunch-colleagues tend to be quite vocal about how wonderful or poor their meals are. There was very little conversation regarding the actual food at our Dim T lunch, save for the occasional "Man, I wish I'd gotten the crispy duck. The one I got is a bit boring." We ended up agreeing that, though the lunch wasn't actually unpleasant, we were glad we had our vouchers because it would have been a serious disappointment at full price.
The meal ended up costing £58 for the 7 of us, but this was with three 2-for-1 vouchers on the mains. I might be willing to try this place again for the dim sum, but as a fellow San Franciscan, I think I'll likely take Jeremy S's advice and save my dim sum consumption for my next trip back to The Bay.
(old opinion: I moved away in 2007. Compare to more recent ratings)
I have seen the chaos and noise of many a Dim Sum joint in North America, which consistently remind me why I adored Dim T.
I ate there at least 10 times. Even during peak times the place was quiet enough for a conversation. The dumpling cart is wheeled around slowly, giving you and your party enough time to re-focus on the key decisions facing you in the next few seconds.
To have or not to have? Meat or seafood? These key issues are easily addressed by the wait staff, who are eager to explain the minutiae of what is about to become your dinner.
If dim sum isn't your cuppa green tea, the possible combinations of their noodle selection are enough to guarantee a lifetime of tastings.
Did I mention the price? I was a student, and I loved it. Dim T is classy enough to bring a date / parent / girlfriend's parents yet not pretentious enough to swallow a student loan.
I hope they haven't changed.
So Charlotte Street on a (probably the first) warm sunny Friday of the year. So many places we could have ended up but the Poker Shark was really feeling like dim sum so we ended up in Dim T.
It's a small group with 8 locations, 6 of them in London, and it does have that chain feel to it. The staff are friendly, but not particularly knowledgeable and while I'd prefer to eat in a hygienic establishment, I'd rather not see bottles of cleaning product on the serving counter.
Similar in style, there are certainly no surprises if you've eaten in the now near ubiquitous Ping Pong. We settled in next to a party of local office workers and ordered a few mixed dishes from the smiling Scandinavian host.
Starting off with a plate of Crispy Duck to share, I wasn't overly impressed with a flabby, overly fatty portion of meat and a sub MacDonald's size portion of overly sweet hoisin.
The steamed dumplings were better thankfully. We went for the Prawn and Chive and the Mushroom steamed dim sum and a couple of portions of the Char Sui pork buns. The flavours all came through well (with the possible exception of the mushroom, slightly too Cream of Campbell Soup to be honest) but I've definitely had worse. The Char Sui buns were hot, fresh and a definite improvement on Ping Pong - though overall, the whole experience only served to make me crave a proper dim sum blow out..
Dim T on London's trendy Charlotte Street is a fantastic place to go to for a catch up with your girlfriends.
Modern and comfortable the atmosphere is relaxed yet vibrant and the Dim Sums were some of the best I've ever tasted. However, they were considerably overpriced. A bow of four cost £6 so they are not a meal in themselves but more of a snack to accompany a drink and a chat.
Dim T also offers traditional Thai and Chinese dishes as well as allowing you to make up your own noodle dish at the noodle bar. The restaurant is always extremely busy so the best time to go down is in the late afternoon or before 7pm.
I went here with my team for lunch and it was fantastic! You do need to be a little careful on the ordering and make sure you listen to the wait staff when they explain things. We didn't order enough so lunch went on longer than we expected but because service was so fast it arrived in plenty of time.
I do recommend this as a great alternative to Ping Pong. It's got great Dim Sum and well worth the trip across the road :-)
I went here for dinner and wasnt as convinced as i am a mega ping pong fan. The dim sum selection is no where near as extensive as the ping of ping.
However the menu is more varied with dim sum alongside stir fries and pad thai, and thai curry. the portions were pretty huge - i couldn't finish mine which is a first for me!
The place was pretty packed, with all tables occupied and it showed as the staff were a wee bit unattentive.
All in all a nice alternative
Safe bet for casual noodles, food is functional yet flavoursome - It's one of those places that's better off-peak.
Lots of taste is packed into each plate, and the service is pretty good too. My mouth is watering as I'm writing this review, makes me think I should go back a bit more often.
Dinner for 2: around £25 including tea
Cute little dim sum place in Charlotte Street, just perfect for meeting a friend from out of town. Now, I must admit, I'm not the biggest dim sum guru, in fact, I'm sure I've only ever eaten it a few times in my life.
This place left me pleasently surprised. The decor is bright and it seemed fairly busy, there was a multitude of plates on offer and service was swift.
The standout for me were pork buns - white, light, cloudy sweet buns of porky goodness. I also really enjoyed the prawn, crushed peanut and coriander goodies. dim sum is from £3.55 per dish, but other noodles, soups and mains are available too.
Great place for quick eats.
Popped into Dim t for the first ever time for lunch today. Like lots others here I am an avid fan of ping pong and was initially concerned that the menu seemed a little brief. However, every single mouthful was a delight and the noodle and curry dishes were utterly amazing.
We ordered grilled chicken gyoza, chicken satay, baskets of chicken and cashew nut and beef and chive dumplings and a big pot of jasmine tea. My boyfriend had classic guilty pleasure Katsu curry- and I opted for a big bowl of chicken and udon noodles with a spicy, fragrant red curry sauce.
Really, everything was incredible. Fresh and hot, spicy and delicate. The dumplings were soft, steamed parcels of joy. The curry silky, creamy and full of crisp beansprouts, sweet carrot and tender chicken. We wolfed it down before reclining on the comfy sofas - dotted with silk cushions - and got to mopping our brows.
Meal was £40 for 2 (without booze) which isn't cheap but the service was really charming and fast. Will go back.
I went to Dim T with friends after work last week and I was really looking forward to it. I'd had a brief look at the menu and website before hand and thought I was going to be in for a real treat- to be honest I was surprised I could afford it! But I was spoilt for choice in terms of what I liked the look of on the menu, everything looked so tasty!
I went for the Sweet Coconut dish- noodles with prawns and veg in a coconut sauce and I have to admit, I was really disappointed. I've read the reviews here and I must have gone on a bad day, but my noodles were completely overcooked and slimy, with very few prawns on the plate and the vegetables were in short supply.
In addition, the meal started with extremely slow service, which I never mind when it's busy, but the place was dead, it was only 6pm after all. But I had high expecations for my main which sounded amazing on the menu (as did virtually everything)- and with ingredients that I love I was surpised at how horrible the meal was. So much to the point, that I needed to order a dessert to get the taste out of my mouth. The dessert by the way was the iced berries and hot white chocolate sauce which was absolutely gorgeous, and so simple! But it took 30 minutes to get the dessert! Luckily my friends an I were not in a rush but we were hungry...
My friends on the other hand loved their meals and would go back in a heartbeat, as would I but only because I really want to like the place. The restaurants are all very attractive and the desserts are excellent, if only my main was up to scratch, but as I said perhaps it was just an off day.
Perhaps I'll be able to give Dim T a more positive review in part two!
The atmosphere seemed OK (if not slightly dull) and I've got no complaints about the service. However, I wasn't impressed with the food at all - especially the dumplings. Or the duck.
Even the prawn crackers were substandard.
As opposed to Jeremy S. I will not pretend to be a Dim Sum connoisseur. I have not had too many occasions to enjoy sticky pork buns or other Chinese small bites, but this place seemed rather good. The bill for lunch for 4 of us only came to 20 pounds, which is really not a bad deal, so if you are walking by, do not be afraid to stop in.
Great spicy chicken dim sum, jasmine flower tea and AWESOME Japanese fried rice. Like this place because it's fairly affordable and they have outside seating. The service was also quick and they take AMEX which makes me happy when I'm traveling for business!! :D
Don't be misled by the name: this restaurant not only does great dim sum but also amazing noodle dishes. They have a great variety of dim sum, lots of which I had never tried before--like spinach dumplings and spicy cod dumplings---as well as perennial favorites like the pork cloud/bun. It's best to go early, as tables were in hot demand after 7PM. The service was attentive but relaxed, and the location---in the middle of Charlotte Street---is great for people watching if you sit on the veranda.
Well I love Asian cooking and usually I tend to lead towards the authentic and classical foods but I really like DIM T. This is a Dim Sum restaurant located on the restaurant lined Charlotte Street. You can create your own dish choosing from a selection of noodles, toppings and sauces. The noodle soups here are to die for. The food is relatively healthy in comparison to other restaurants. The food is a little expensive but still affordable. A great place to meet up for lunch on a Saturday afternoon.
I really liked the satay - nicely grilled, crispy chicken with a great savory satay sauce with a tiny bit of heat to give it a tiny kick. Thought the dumplings were ok (but would prefer my own potstickers, or better yet, my mom's...) I ordered the tom yum soup noodles with salmon which was deliciously lemongrassy and packed with bok choy, bean sprouts, red peppers, red onions and slippery wide flat rice noodles. That is probably way too much food for lunch but I was certainly full enough to skip dinner later that night.
Pleasant, accommodating staff at Dim T. Good location. Enjoyed dim sum - staff more happy to make suggestions at this branch. We will be returning.
Does exactly what it says on the tin. I like this place because the service is quick and efficient, everything is fresh and tasty. I only go there for the dim sum and order about 7 options to share. It's an excellent place to pop in for lunch in a weekday because you can eat in under an hour without getting stressed and clock watching and it's great value too.
For years I've had lots of boiled, soggy Dim Sum - why I don't know - I guess I spent a lot of time trying out places in the hope I would be served up something fabulous and this place is brilliant! The Dim Sum are absolutely delicious! Finally! Definately check this place out when you're in Hampstead!
Very disappointed. I used to visit the dim t's in hampstead and always really enjoyed it. However my experience at the Charlotte Street branch was not a good one.
Our edamame was old and over cooked. My seafood laska was without flavour and the kung pao chicken tasted like it came out of a packet. I expected the mint and raspberry lemonade to be freshly made. Although the added fruit was fresh, the sickly sweet post mix lemonade was not.
Perhaps we were unlucky. The service was good and the place looks nice enough.
I just came back from a very nice and scrumptuous lunch at this very casual dining establishment and can recommend it to anyone looking for some fresh, tasty steamed dim sum(including the trolley option)- the steamed spicy beef dumplings wer awesome).The crispy duck was crispy with a little fat to give it moistness and when wrapped with a little dash of hoisin sauce/tangy chilly sauce, cucumber and spring onions it works wonders in your mouth- awakening all the taste buds which had gone to sleep with boring sandwiches!!
Okay, not the best restaurant in the world and not the best service.. But it has never stopped us from having a good time whenever we have visitors from overseas and need a nearby "safe" place to go out. The shredded crispy beef is pretty good, especially when it is not overdone. And the crispy duck is a good option as well. Try a few dim sum's for starters!
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