The best of the best: With seemingly infinite options for where to find dim sum, these are the places that stand out among the fierce competition for their quality.
- Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant: An elegant spot in Richmond that takes reservations and offers both the classics and specialties like marinated chicken trimmed with black truffle flakes.
- Dynasty Seafood Restaurant: From its perch on Broadway, this spot has earned acclaim for its innovative and artful dishes, like peanut pastries decorated to look like actual peanuts.
- Fisherman’s Terrace: Before he opened Chef Tony, Chef Tony opened Fisherman’s Terrace, where the food is casual and the lines are long but worth it.
The best of carts: Though carts have gone the way of the dodo in most dim sum hubs, a few places still serve their dishes from roaming metal trays. The best of these spots get enough traffic that the dish barely hits the cart before it heads to the table.
- Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant: A gem that holds out as the only dim sum in Kerrisdale and one of the few remaining push cart dim sum spots in the city. As you might imagine, it toes the traditional line when it comes to the food.
- Continental Seafood Restaurant: While the crowds can make it a bit of a zoo, this sprawling spot serves from carts—and has as much of a reputation for its evening live karaoke scene as its food.
The best for vegetarians: Po Kong bucks the typical pork and shrimp in favor of vegetables, tofu, and mushrooms.