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...they even found a way to screw up the egg custard. (waits for a few seconds) Yes! You heard that right. The egg custard. It fell apart in my hands like paper mache...

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...not the best option for dim sum in Houston. There are so many good dim sum restaurants on any given Saturday or Sunday morning that one shouldn't have to feel forced to go to Ocean Palace ...

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This review is for their dim sum only. But just in case you're wondering, their dinner is terrible. Okay, back to topic...every Asian in Houston has probably tried Ocean Palace for dim sum sometime. We've all seen the tacky Hong Kong City Mall. We've walked through that little bridge over the unkept waters (I had a nightmare where I fell in it once. Yick!). And we've all ate dim sum inside their gigantic ballroom. To be fair, many other cities have restaurants where you eat dim sum at gigantic ballrooms. It's how they use their rooms for weddings and weekend dim sums.

Several facts you should know about Ocean Palace dim sum:

1.) You should have someone at your table who knows Chinese
Whether Mandarin or Cantonese, I always a bring a friend who can speak Chinese fluently. Even semi-fluently will work. I'm Vietnamese, so basically I'm screwed. Fortunately, I come with an army of Chinese friends, so I'm okay. Kind of like swimming with a life jacket.

2.) Their service is great
One thing I will say about Ocean Palace is that they have terrific management. This goes for dinner and weddings as well. They are quick, efficient, attentive, polite. Specifically for their dim sum, their carts are always there. It's like Monday morning rush hour, those carts are bumper to bumper. Again, props to management.

Okay, here's the most important part...

3.) Food's not good
Look, we're in Houston. We're spoiled. Go to Chinese Cuisine (good review in Chopstix Houston the other day, btw) if you want to know what good dim sum tastes like. What they serve at Ocean Palace in comparison is the kind of dim sum this city would tolerate 15 years ago. Watered down taste, sticky har gaos, mysteriously hard buns, tiny proportions, semi-coldness to them...you know the drill if you've been here several times. Even visually, the food has the appearance of leftovers. My friends and I wouldn't joke that they were from last weekend's because it might actually be true. What they offer on the menu is typical dim sum fare (but aren't they all?). Their only dish that they consistently do a decent job on is the chicken feet. In summary, we've given them infinite chances to improve and they're just not cutting it in comparison to their competition. With so many options around town, it's a wonder why people still go here. Really, is the crappy bridge and fake pagoda that interesting?

4.) They're cheap
$12 a person, max. That's because after about the second wave of food, you'll want to eat somewhere else. I'm not saying that to be mean, I'm saying that as a fact. I've always discarded pricing though because dim sum isn't about pricing (within reason, of course). It's about food and friends.

This just about says it all about the dim sum at Ocean Palace. There's better...a lot better. In plenty of places throughout the same area. So unless you're really into ballrooms and you need to see tacky fake dynasty-style Chinese architecture, just say no.



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