Restaurant: Central Grand Restaurant
Date Visited: December 11, 2010 10:30am
Location: 1623 Centre Street Northeast
Hours: 7 Days a week, 10am until late (call to find out when they close)
Price Range: $3 to $6 per Dim Sum item, ranging from $15 to $20 per person if eating lots.
Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it)
- Traditional Push Cart Dim Sum
- Free parking available it does get full fast but street parking is close by
- I normally go early around 10:30am usually and never have to line up
- The food is mainly fresh and hot even for being a push cart style Dim Sum
- Restaurant is a good size so it can fit large groups
- Convenient location
- Best Egg Tarts ever and Best Char Sui So (pastry)
I grew up all my life around Dim Sum (Chinese brunch) mainly eating it in Toronto, Calgary, and, Vancouver. I’m not sure if this is fortunate or unfortunate, I guess it’s who you talk to, but I’ve never tried chicken feet, I’ve attempted but I just can bring myself to eat it. That’s probably the only thing I won’t eat at Dim Sum. I have my favourite items in each Dim Sum restaurant whether it is from Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver.
If you are looking for an overall good experience and quality of food with Dim Sum, I have a handful of locations to suggest, but I would say this place ranks among the top. I love the traditional push cart style of dim sum service, just takes me back to being a little boy in awe of all the food going by me. I can’t disagree though when you go to places now, you can order off a piece of paper which makes the food is hotter and fresher. My personal preference is push cart though.
All the items that I’ve tried at Central Grand have been very good. I find the taste and quality of each dish is amazing, it makes my mouth water while I’m typing this review. The top items, sui mai (pork dumpling) and har gow (shrimp dumpling) are very good quality plus it’s always hot because they sell this the fastest.
The bests of this Dim Sum are the egg tart. By far and no joke, these are the best egg tarts I’ve had in my life. It is very rare you get an egg tart straight out of the oven. The tart pastry is so flaky and light. The egg part of this tart is out of this world, sometimes too hot to eat, the sweetness is just perfect and the way it melts in your mouth is to die for. If you haven’t had an egg tart from this place, just go there and order it at Dim Sum and you won’t regret it. ***Hint, the egg tarts don’t usually come around here. Make sure you order it from a waiter near the end of your meal, it’ll come out fresh and hot then. The next best item at Dim Sum here is their Char Sui So (BBQ Pork Pastry), growing up I really wasn’t a fan of this item, it was usually cold and just cakey tasting, but now I love them. Ask my step dad, he can’t just eat one or leave without having one to five. The pastry that surrounds the stuffed BBQ pork is so flaky and buttery, you would think that this came straight out of a bakery. If you get them hot, even better. Just having these two items will be worth it to eat at this dim sum restaurant.
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