In my visit to Hawaii, and researching the top dim sum spots, it seemed 3 stood out: Legend seafood, Royal Garden, and the newer Jade Dynasty.
I only had time to try Legend and Jade Dynasty.
Legend was surprisingly excellent quality all around (9 out of 10 dishes).
The only one that was just "good", but not outstanding was the fried battered taro/pork dumplings.
I've tried dimsum all over the world, and Legend really stands with the best - rivals Vancouver and even Hong Kong it self.
Items like the chicken feet, steamed ribs, and pork fun rolls were absolutely top notch.
Even the sui mai- I'm not a big fan of tough solid sui mai, and I think the best I've had was actually at Yank SIng in San Fransisco. But Jade was probably the only place that could compete with Yank Sing on this particular dish.
... - but with 1 exception that gives it only 4 instead of 5 stars: most of the food (served on carts) was only warm, or even just room temperature, and not hot.
So on one hand, it shows how good the quality is - that room temperature dim sum can still be so impressive, but on the other hand - IF ONLY IT WAS HOT! wow...
Compared to the Jade Dynasty, Legend is definitely in a category by itself, as I found Jade only average to slightly above average.
In comparison of same dishes, Legend beat jade in 9 out of 10 dishes.
THe only dish Jade won on was the fried battered taro/pork dumplings mentioned above, which I have to admit, was rally good at Jade. Too bad that was the ONLY good dish there!
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