Description and review of a recent visit to Ming Dynasty for dim sum. Ming Dynasty is located on Broadway in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento.
Three friends and I recently met on a Sunday morning for dim sum. The restaurant, located at 1211 Broadway, has housed a series of Chinese restaurants – most recently Fortune House.
Ming Dynasty opened in late January of this year. Once I learned that dim sum (small plates) were among the offerings I immediately put it on my “need to go to list”. Sunday dim sum “brunch” is a particular favorite of mine.
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On weekdays Ming Dynasty opens at 11:00 a.m. – and on weekends it opens an hour earlier – at 10:00 a.m. I arranged to meet my friends at 10:00 a.m. when it opened – just to be on the safe side.
Ming Dynasty appears to have ample parking – but parking across the street in the Target parking lot is always an option.
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I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. and noted that a small line had already formed. I took that as a very good sign. I waited outside until two of my friends arrived, and we then made our way inside to secure a table.
The interior of Ming Dynasty is very attractive. The décor is colorful – but tasteful – and quite large as are most Chinese restaurants that also serve as banquet facilities. The staff was likewise dressed in colorful and attractive uniforms.
We were seated and shortly thereafter asked what kind of tea we would prefer – we chose Jasmine. The clear glass tea pot had an infuser in the middle, and I appreciated the ability to judge the strength of the tea with a glance. The design also enabled the staff to refill the teapot with hot water as needed – which they did.
The dim sum carts had started making their way around the room – and we decided to have an “appetizer” while we waited for the fourth member of our party. We were all very hungry – but luckily she arrived soon thereafter.
It was not long before the next cart stopped by our table – and we chose several baskets of steamed dim sum to sample. Ken, the manager, also came by to check on us and we ordered a dish of Chinese broccoli (it was delicious and cooked perfectly). There are certain dishes you will not find on the carts making the rounds as they are best ordered directly from the kitchen.
I had made an inquiry about the availability of steamed buns shortly after we were seated – only to be told that it would be available “later”. My friends and I made the classic mistake when indulging in dim sum – not pacing ourselves. Dim sum is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace.
Unlike some other restaurants offering dim sum, I noted that the carts were constantly being refilled with a very wide variety of dishes and continuously circulating.
We finished our seven-course meal of dim sum with a lemon custard dessert. I did not think that I could eat another bite but one of my friends and I shared the tiny dessert – one bite each when cut in half. It was a fitting end to a great meal. We all agreed that we would have to visit again soon.
I now have a new favorite dim sum restaurant – and I look forward to returning to sample dim sum favorites that I missed out on this time – and to try new ones.
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