As we were craving dim sum, we went on the internet to find a place in Chinatown: that is how we ended up at Oriental Garden, on Elizabeth street. I admit that the entrance, with the trash in the front, was not that appealing, but you know, this is part of the charm of Chinatown.
Decor wise, it had nothing special, besides the big dragons in the back, as well as the fish tanks at the entrance, where live animals guarantee the freshness of the ingredients.
After sipping some tea, we ordered a selection of dim sum. Jodi was more inclined to order vegetarian ones, so we got:
Fried Vegetarian rolls:
And crispy tofu:
These two dishes were disappointing: first, the vegetarian rolls had meat in it, I guess pork and it was quite greasy. Then, the tofu had something in it that might have been shrimp. I know: it is scary to think that there was something not easy to identify in it...
On my side, I was glad that I ordered the shrimp dumplings, an all time favorite.
It was a good dish, although the dumpling was stuck to the paper and broke...
I also got the fried crab claw that was decent, the crab taste being a bit hidden by some fillers.
Last, we shared steamed pork dumplings that were quite good:
This was an ok dinner for me and a very disappointing one for Jodi who really wanted some vegetarian dishes. Would I go back? No, I definitely prefer The Golden Unicorn over Oriental Garden.
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