On our first day in Toronto, we ventured to Chinatown for lunch. We had a craving for some authentic dim sum. The internet suggested the Bright Pearl Restaurant which is located at 346-348 Spadina Ave. They received many good reviews online and seems like the place to go for dim sum.
They offered dim sum all day. They even have a Dim sum Happy Hour on weekdays from 9-11:30 am and 1:30-4 pm, where they only charged $1.88 CAD for small, medium, or large plates.
We arrived around 1pm, but were a bit too hungry and excited to wait for happy hour. I think regular priced plates where about $3-$5-ish CAD, depending on the size. We only sat down for maybe 3 minutes and we ordered all this. These dishes kept us occupied for a while, until the clock struck 1:30pm and then it’s all happy hour price.
Here’s a few of the classic dishes to order in Dim Sum, other than the usual hargow-suimai (shrimp dumplings) pairing.
Tofu skin rolls with chicken
Steamed roast pork buns (char siu bao)
Pork in black bean pepper sauce (usually the pork pieces are smaller, but they served huge pieces)
Steam beef rice roll
And of course…
Chicken feet or phoenix claws (probably my favorite dish to order at dim sum!)
Overall, the dim sum was great! I haven’t had dim sum for quite a while and this was definitely very satisfying. The happy hour special is such an awesome deal. We managed to order about half our dishes at regular price and the other half at happy hour price. The restaurant offers a very basic selection of dim sum which, at that price, is pretty cool with me.