Visited the Canton House on a Tuesday afternoon for dim sum on the last day of Song Kran (Thai New Year Holiday). We got excited about this place as it was mentioned a few times in TripAdvisor's forums when the subject of good Chinatown dim sum came up.
This place is hard to rate because it's almost like having two totally different experiences depending on what is important to you as a foodie. See below for the way we broke it down.
FIRST PART: FOOD AND VALUE = 5 STARS
First, the food was very good and so cheap relative to other dim sum prices in Bangkok that I had to look at the menu a few times to believe it. Most items on the dim sum menu are 20 baht (~USD 75 cents) compared to 85-95 baht (~USD $3) at most other decent dim sum places in Bangkok . I was ecstatic, I even took a photo of the first page of the menu with the price highlighted on top (see posted images). For this first part of the experience, I give it 5 stars.
SECOND PART: SERVICE AND ATMOSPHERE = 2 STARS
Second, the place is basically a 2-floor no frills cafetera with neglectful service and moderate to long waits for food to arrive (see posted photo of main dining room). When we first arrived, it was busy and we put our name on the list. A party that was larger than ours jumped in front of us and grabbed our table so we had to wait for the next one. The staff seemed indifferent and too busy to be concerned. Once we sat down, the waiter arrived reasonably quickly and took our orders. Our water came but no glasses and we couldn't find the waiter so I ran up to the front and grabbed the glasses myself from the waiter station. The dishes took some time to arrive. The noodles and rice came out in about 10 minutes. But the dim sum took longer at about 25 minutes. They didn't bring any sauces including hot sauce or soy sauce so we had to ask for this as well but it did arrive reasonably quickly this time after we requested it. For thIs part of the experience, I give it 2 stars.
- Get table on ground floor, the upstairs room is even worse and feels like a prison cafeteria with no windows.
- Dim sum items we loved the most were the standard ones. Shrmp har kow, the other kind of shrimp dumpings, pork dumplings, deep fried rose shrimp dumplings, scallop dumpling, fried banana dessert - all fresh and very good.
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