Update on Dim Sum Bar

March 4, 2007

A few weeks ago, we reported about our experience at Dim Sum Bar, a brand new joint in the Tenderloin offering a small collection of dim sum items, as well as some standard Chinese entree plates. Yesterday, we dropped by again to see if any developments emerged, hoping that perhaps there would be improvement as the staff here settled into their new restaurant.

On our first visit, only two types of dumplings were available: a “soupy pork” dumpling (which was supposedly xiao long bao) and the siu mai pork dumpling. The very standard shrimp dumpling har gao was not available on our first visit a few weeks ago. However, on our visit yesterday, we were delighted to see that not only were har gao available, but also a vegetarian dumpling, bringing the total number of dumplings to 4, instead of 2. Still not great, but we’ll take it.

We ordered the har gao and the “xiao long bao.” The har gao were just okay; the wrapper was uneven, messy, and sometimes too thick. Also, the shrimp were somewhat overcooked. We’ve had worse har gao before, but even so, Dim Sum Bar’s rendition is not a shining example. However, we are pleased to report an improvement in the xiao long bao! Last time, our “soupy pork” dumplings had no soup in them, and the resulting dumplings were reminiscent of siu mai. On our latest visit, though, there was certainly soup. Not a particularly complex broth, but soup nonetheless. In addition, the pork this time was considerably more flavorful, while the first time we ordered this dish, the dumplings bordered on bland. By no means are these world-class xiao long bao, but we definitely appreciate the improvement, and we hope that this restaurant continues to improve and expand its offerings.

However, the changes have not been so monumental that we feel the need to re-rate Dim Sum Bar. So, Short Exact is still sticking with our first rating:



Please click here to read our original review of Dim Sum Bar, and for the restaurant hours, location, and phone number.



  1. I am still going to try out Shanghai Dumpling House, but I’m glad to hear that there is another viable alternative in the Tenderloin! And I love your comprehensiveness in re-trying restaurants for us readers! 🙂

  2. Hey, I made a closed mouth smiley face without the eyebrows! Let me try this: 😉

    Let’s see how that turns out!

  3. Haha PE, I see you’re enjoying the smileys 🙂

    Yeah, you should definitely give those places in the Richmond a shot. It was encouraging to see some improvement in Dim Sum Bar’s XLB, but it’s not nearly as good as what you get at those other places.

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