My love for dim sum is epic! I could eat it every day and never tire – I don’t, but seriously I could. There’s one place that I tend to rave on about more than others and that’s Courtesan Dim Sum, primarily because they serve damn fine dim sum and it helps that it’s a 42-seconds (time changes dependant on craving) walk from where I live.
Recently, I travelled further afield to Wembley Park to check out Ping Pong Dim Sum’s newest addition to its restaurant chain, which sits within London’s first designer outlet village. I’m a bit weary of chains as quality tends to suffer the bigger they get, but I go with an open mind.
Overlooking Wembley Stadium Ping Pong Dim Sum is ideally located for shopping and short walk to catch a game. But would you want to go? In a word: possibly. I know, I’m sitting on the fence a bit and I’ll tell you why. Of the 12 dishes I tried, not by myself I hasten to add, only four really delivered in the flavour stakes, those were the: Honey-glazed Spare Ribs, Crispy Squid (a Chinese New Year Special), Beef Dumpling and Seafood Dumpling – although I could only make out a bit of prawn, it was tasty.
The other dishes we managed to make our way through ranged from very average; Crab and Prawn Dumpling, Duck Spring Roll, Lamb Spring Roll, and Chilli Pork Tenderloin to overwhelmingly bland; Steamed Asparagus, Steamed Broccoli, Coriander and Prawn, Seafood Shu Mai. Basically, the food was hit-and-miss.
I do really like the venue though, with its stylish reds, blacks and greys and modern oriental theme running throughout, makes for elegant but comfortable dining. There’s a dim sum counter near the entrance that didn’t get any use on the night I’m there, but can see it being quite a buzz when it is. The service was top notch too with cheerful and knowledgeable staff.
And there’s the dilemma, whilst the food is no great shakes, the experience overall was a good one. If you’re looking for top quality dim sum this isn’t your place, but for good cocktails, average dim sum and an inviting environment for pre or post-match nosh, then yeah. It’s definitely a game of two halves.
Dim sum ranges from £2.95 to £6.95.
Food I Fancy dined as guests.
Ping Pong Dim Sum
Unit 68-70 Designer Outlet
Wembley, HA9 0FD
Tel: 020 3696 0090