I always want to indulge in some serious dim sum on the weekend. Something about the steaming hot dumplings, warm jasmine tea and delicate pastries that make the perfect bookend to a long week. I can only take so many servings of eggs benny every Sunday, before I'm looking to switch things up. I was thrilled to hear that a new dim sum restaurant had opened up near Bay and Wellesley Sts. in downtown, Toronto. Crown Princess Fine Dining is like dim sum inside a Vegas casino on speed times two. The Baroque decor, fine linens, interesting maid uniforms and the sheer amount of marble is over-the-top and the dim sum ain't bad either.
I have never seen such an ornate Victorian teapot at dim sum before. However! I have seen ads for a granite store on the side of a teapot in a Chinese restaurant in Markham. So how about that? The service was excellent and the staff were great about coming around to add more hot water at your table and filling your teacups for you.
The Zen Vegetable Dumplings were beautifully presented
The Har Gow had a nice thick and chewy crystal rice wrapper and juicy shrimp that was de-veined and not overdone.
Beef Meatballs with Orange Zest & Enoki Mushrooms
The Pan Fried Turnip Cakes
Sirloin Beef Cheung Fun - The high quality beef was a nice twist and noticeable difference from the usual mystery meat
BBQ Pork Buns (above) - There were three, but I ate one before I remembered to take a picture. Food blogging requires a lot of patience and I'm always so hungry! On the weekend, small dishes are $3.10, mediums are $4.30 and large dishes are $5.30. With tax, tip and tea, we spent around $60 for two people with leftovers for later. I actually liked the whole experience at Crown Princess and would definitely return again to try the other dumplings and dim sum goodness on their menu.
Chrysanthemum and Lychee 'Cake' (above). I'm not big on Chinese desserts, the gelatin above was interesting but not something I would order again. Otherwise, the presentation of all the food was beautiful and delivered on taste.
Check out: Crown Princess Fine Dining
1033 Bay Street, Toronto
Parking validated on Sundays underground