A family affair with Dim Sum at Lams Garden


During this festive season it is nice to see families gather to celebrate at Lams Garden. This establishment has been a long time staple of Chinese Cuisine. Being one of the few restaurants in the Orlando area that serve Dim Sum, over the years it has been a hit or miss.

I have dined here many times before. Some experiences were better than others, some need not mention, others were great. I can’t quite figure out the inconsistencies. Although, service seems a big turn off even when the food is decent. This occasion was no exception. Years ago when they first started to serve Dim Sum I clearly remembered the lack of staff to facilitate efficient service. Now that business has grown, there still seems to be a lack of efficiency.

The atmosphere is a buzz with many people and activities. Stylish old school Chinese décor occupies the space. There are two semi divided rooms . Large round tables and booths seats diners. At the front you are greeted by large tanks with live fish and lobster. The menu is elaborate Chinese Cuisine or depending on the day Dim Sum. I’ve had splendid Chinese Cuisine here sometime ago. Their selection and service is quite lavish. This occasion is all about Dim Sum.

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BBQ Pork Buns – steamed fluffy goodness.

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Pork Shumai – steamed pork dumplings.

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Short Ribs – braised, fall of the bone, tender, flavorful.

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Beef Tripe Salad – cold preparation, lightly vinegared, mildly seasoned, clean and fresh.

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Spare Ribs – tender and flavorful.

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Shrimp Balls – steamed tender balls of shrimp.

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Pig Ears Salad – paper thin slices of pig ears lightly marinated. Not much flavor. Nice crunchy cartilage texture.

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Chive Dumplings – pan seared dumplings stuffed with chive. Full taste of chive with nice crunch on the outside.

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Chicken Feet – braised in sweet soy. Tender, succulent, flavorful.

Like a typical Dim Sum place in Hong Kong, this place is bustling with activities. There is hardly any time for pleasantries. However, in the Orlando market there has to be time for at least a little courtesy. Food was good, service could use a little brushing up.

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