Alongside tacos and pho, dim sum will forever be one of those foods that I can never say “no” to. I was introduced to the scrumptious world of dim sum at a young age and ever since I have made it my goal to try to find the best dim sum restaurant in the city. With that said, it goes without saying that I have high standards when it comes to critiquing dim sum. So when I was told that Beijing Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant was the place to go in Edmonton for dim sum, I immediately became skeptical because I have started to develop an affinity for places such Cha For Tea Palace and Jumbo (if you haven’t been to any of these two places, stop what you’re doing and go eat there…Like right now).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with dim sum, I am going to try to explain it as best as I can: Most of it is steamed. There are various types of dumplings. Everything is delivered to you on a giant cart. It’s delicious and it’s a definite adventure that I would highly recommend you try. Trust me.
With that in mind, if you find yourself hankering for some good dim sum, Beijing Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant (South Park Village Shopping Centre #700, 3803 Calgary Trail South) is definitely a good place to start (oops, spoilers). When you walk in, the place looks like your usual Chinese restaurant complete with large tanks of fish (usually tilapia), lobsters, and crabs. The atmosphere is welcoming and clean enough to not make you want to second guess the decisions you’ve made that have led you to this point. Upon being seated, the staff was quick to provide the usual tea and refreshments and the parade of food carts began pouring out of the kitchen. Between with my buddy Kyle and myself we shared about 7 dishes:
– 2 Steamed Pork dumplings because these are amazing
– Steamed Shrimp dumplings
– Pan Fried Sticky Rice with Sausage
– Beef Tripe with Ginger
– Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce (All star dish in my opinion)
– Deep Fried Shrimp Dumplings
I really wish I could order more, but almost all dim sum places have 15+ dishes to choose from so, it’s hard to try everything in one sitting (notice I said that it wasn’t IMPOSSIBLE…). When we went to dine, I kind of took the reigns when it came to ordering because Kyle wasn’t all too familiar with the food here and I ended up ordering (what I consider anyways) a “dim sum beginners kit.”
The portions for each of the dishes were decent. I’ve definitely had bigger portions elsewhere for the dumplings, but for the amount we paid for we definitely got a fair amount of value. Everything we had that morning tasted fresh and was steaming hot. The dumplings definitely did not disappoint and really stacked up to places such as Cha for Tea Palace and Jumbo. Nothing tasted insanely salted or super bland, which are the markings of a great dim sum restaurant.
If you’re brave enough, I definitely urge you to try the chicken feet here because it’s probably the best chicken feet I’ve had in the city. I get it, the image of munching on a chicken’s foot doesn’t scream “decadent”, but believe me when I say that it’s something you have to try at least once. Also, if you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, I would definitely recommend trying the beef tripe. Don’t ask me what tripe is because I’m still trying to figure that out. All you have to know is that it’s got an interesting texture and the sauce is unlike anything you’ve had before.
When it comes to making a recommendation for a place, I always ask myself one question: Was the food good enough to make me want to come back? This question has always guided me when it came to eating out in Edmonton and has made deciding which restaurant to eat at much easier. I mean at the end of the day, it’s all about the food. You could have an immaculate looking dish or something that looked like a 5 year old prepared blindfolded with their feet, but if the dish tastes amazing why not come back for seconds?
Overall, I had a great experience at Beijing Dim Sum & Seafood. Even though the portions were slightly smaller than what I was expecting, the dim sum here is definitely delicious and the service was quick and friendly. If anything, I would recommend checking this place out at least once. It’s not what I would consider the greatest dim sum restaurant, but it’s definitely a restaurant you should put on your lists.
With that said, food definitely lives here.
P.S Oh and I know that there’s more to this place than just dim sum, but I’ll leave that for another night 😉