Plato Royale: Battle of the Dim Sum, Tropical Chinese vs. South Garden
|Photos by Jacquelynn D. Powers|
|Dim Sum at Tropical Chinese.|
Pros: This longstanding eatery is always packed and the dim sum carts are heaving with popular choices like shrimp dumplings, roast duck, pork buns, stuffed sticky rice and steamed Chinese broccoli. All of the dishes are flavorful, vibrant and luscious. The taro shrimp cakes were especially delicious.
Cons: You'll definitely have to wait for a table on the weekends and the service is abrupt when it's busy. By the time the dim sum carts make the rounds through the two dining rooms, some of the fried food can be cold and/or soggy.
|Dim sum at South Garden.|
Pros: Mainly an all Asian crowd, which is always a good sign at a Chinese restaurant. There is a larger variety of dim sum here, especially more exotic offerings like salt and pepper squid head, clams with black bean sauce and steamed chicken feet.
>Cons: Not a lot of vegetarian options; even the spring rolls had pork in them. The dumplings were bland and lacking zest. The shredded duck with rice noodles was a hefty portion (especially for dim sum), but unfortunately suffered from a dearth of duck.
Verdict: While South Garden gets props for its more authentic fare (steamed chicken feet, anyone?), the taste quotient is just higher at Tropical Chinese. Short Order couldn't stop inhaling the dumplings at Tropical Chinese.&
7991 Bird Rd., South Maimi
10855 SW 72 St., Miami