Dimsum at May Love (美乐点心)

Hi!!! Sorry for missing a post last week. Nothing tasty came my way, so I took the week off. Anyways, I knew I had to make this up, and luckily, we just happened to be around Times Square (the one in Shanghai)- opportunity much?

As usual, I wanted Japanese, but before we could find a good quality one, my dad and I stumbled into an alleyway and discovered a Mr.Pancake, Asjen Ramen and:

Suddenly, Dimsum sounded really great.

Food

The great thing about dim sum is that all flavors and textures are represented in small packages, so even with only two people, I had the luxury of ordering some pretty varied items.

Unfortunately, however, the restaurant was out of roasts, as well as many stir fried dishes 😦 I was really craving some crackling. The good news: all the steamed items were available. Here’s what I ordered:

Har Gao- I literally order har gao at every dim sum restaurant I go to, so how did these compare? Well, they were average. They had an intense flavor and nice skin, but the shrimp could have been more fresh and they needed a fresh element- like bamboo shoots or water chestnut- to balance the seafood taste.

Fish and water chestnut dumplings- I love fish dumplings, so I had high very high expectations for this one. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. The fish was fresh and had an amazing springy texture. The water chestnut was bright and sweet, which perfectly complemented the fish. However, the wait staff must have left it out a bit too long because they were a bit cold and sticky

 (sry for the bad pic, I was so excited to dig in)

Truffle-spiced mushroom dumplings- This was definitely my favorite item. The skin was thin and springy, but the filling is the bomb! First, I could actually taste the truffle. I’m no expert, but those dumplings were sooo aromatic. Second, the mushrooms were bathed in an amazing, thick soup, which prevented the filling from being dry/ rubbery. ORDER THIS

Beef balls with tofu skin- I must say, this dish was the lowlight if the dinner. The meat itself was quite good and not too fatty and had a nice texture, but the balls were flavorless. Not worth it.

 

The restaurant offers a promotion where for ever 100RMB spent on stir-fried dishes, there is a 20RMB discount. It’s a pretty good deal to take advantage of if you’re with a group. Unfortunately, my dad fell for it and ordered an extra dish no one touched

Overall, the food was very good, but the flavors all melted together. I would probably suggest varying the types of dishes to prevent the law of diminishing marginal returns from kicking in too soon.

Service

The service was fairly quick and good. The wait staff were attentive and obliging. My biggest complain would be that some of the menu items- ie all the roasts and poultry dishes- were unavailable. Honestly, going at an earlier time should resolve that issue

Atmosphere

 

The restaurant had a nice and casual, cafe-like atmosphere. I especially liked the couches and giant screen playing an old concert rerun from Hong Kong singer 邓子琪. However, it was a bit disorganized and dirty plates were often stacked next to the water jugs before being bussed away.

Overall Experience

Overall, I enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. There could be some improvements, but I would recommend this place as a brunch or causal hangout dinner with friends.

So, that’s it for this week. I’ll have another dining experience to share next week, so see you then!

 

 

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