I have previously lived in Hong Kong where I would go for Dim Sum about once a week. Although the Flower Lounge’s Dim Sum here doesn’t quite match that, it is pretty close and is probably the best of all the Chinese Restaurants I have tried in the bay area. Unlike a lot of the restaurants around here, the Dim Sum is not swollen to suit American appetites and I feel this improves the quality.
The small, custard filled ‘bo loh Bau’ are really good, with a very crisp, still savoury topping. The golden, flaky pastry of the ‘cha siu sou’ melts in your mouth, with none of that all too common dryness. The ‘ha cheung fan’ (shrimp rolled in a rice wrapper) are free from the kind of doughy sloppiness which often puts me off eating them. The ‘cha siu bau’ (steamed bread with honeyed pork) always taste really fresh and have the right balance of sweetness and meatiness for me. The ‘siu long bau’ (shanghai dumplings holding soup and pork) are a little dissapointing, lacking any soup at all really. This restaurant is one of only a few places to serve ‘jung’ (flavoured rice cooked in large leaves, often served around the Dragon boat festivals) and these are well worth trying.
If you live in the city, its probably not worth making the trip out here specially however. The dim sum at Great Eastern is equally good and much closer to you.
51 Millbrae Ave
Millbrae, CA 94030