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“Great dim sum in a simple setting”

Chan's Chinese Cuisine
Ranked #1,841 of 3,898 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

We arrived on a Sat at 2pm. They have dim sum on carts but they didn't circulate the carts around due to just a few tables were occupied. We tried the popular dishes, shrimp dumplings, stuffed eggplant, sui mai, etc and they were all really good and authentic. The waitresses even placed the orders with the kitchen for items not carried in the carts. This restaurant sits at the end of the strip filled with asian restaurants and markets. It does not look inviting from the outside but the inside decor is every bit authentic.

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Reviewed July 12, 2011

There are a handful of restaurants in Orlando that serves Dim Sum. Chan’s stand out for its consistency, freshness, and abundance of items. Some of the other Dim Sum restaurants seem to be in a constant state of rush, rush in sit down, here is the food, hurry up and eat, now you pay, get out. Huh. Can the last piece of food at least get pass my throat? Forget about how unorganized, under staffed, and under par food they have.

Chan’s have somehow been able to master the art of moving the masses on a Sunday brunch, so at any given time they are ready for a crowd or a slower day. For the uninitiated gentle readers who are still puzzled as to what in the world is Dim Sum, simple; Chinese style tapas. Little plates of one or two pieces from a huge variety of items. No, not fried rice and lo mien. This is Cantonese style small dishes of meat or vegetable stuffed buns or crepes. Although, there is a full Chinese menu. But why go to Dim Sum and order from the menu? So how does this work?

There is always a line or crowd hovering around the entrance. Be brave and nudge your way or allow yourself to be swept up front. Get someone’s attention, (there is no host), party of ”how many” and off you go. The restaurant is huge and the tables are mostly for parties of four or more, so larger the party the faster they sit you. Parties of two, try to REALLY get someone’s attention. Stand by, the minute you are seated here comes the carts of food. Great thing, we all eat with our eyes, the food stares back at you. Usually the carts have a couple of various dishes, ask the attendant to identify them. Another cart will come around and so on and so forth. They will keep coming around until you tell them to stop. Be careful pace your self, no one will rush you here, they may move around the dining room really fast and shout at each other but this is just they way it is. Relax and enjoy. Try a couple of things you might surprise yourself.

There are a couple of different types of teas available. I prefer to sip on a pot of hot Chrysanthemum. This is a loose leaf tea so let it steep a little and its okay if a couple of pieces are in the cup. They also serve it with some sugar crystals. Bright floral, nicely balanced tea. The food here is the star. There are items, steamed, roasted, baked, and sauteed. There is something for every discerning palate from steamed vegetables to fowl’s feet. Dig in and enjoy.

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Reviewed October 28, 2010

We were staying inside the DisneyWorld 'lands' ...and the closest thing we saw were the crappy all you can chinese buffetts. As someone coming from Vancouver, BC (Canada) - where there's a huge chinese population, with really really good Chinese restaurants, we're not into 'fake chinese' food that's served in bulk. So after some googling and reading reviews on this restuarant from TripAdvisor, we decided to make the 35 min drive out. Trust me, totally worth it. The quality was really good and the price was very decent, dinner for 8 people came about $90+tip. Considering all you eat on International BLVD - was about $6-8/person ... Chan's was really good, we had steamed Tiliapia that was perfect, not overcooked like many restaurants and they had good 'wok hay' - if you don't know what that means, then don't worry about ;) The only thing that was kind'a odd was because it was so good, there were still only 4 tables of people in the restaurant, 2 tables of 10-12, and then Us and another table of 2. I was surprised it wasn't busier for a Friday night (Week of Sept 25th). The waitress/owner's wife also gave our little nephew a freebie Mango pudding because he was so cute! score!! The servers are fluent in canto & mandarin.

Bottom Line - If you are missing some chinese in your diet and are far from home and are willing to make the trek out, this place is awesome. Plus - the bonus part is you get to drive through a bit of "little vietnam" getting to the place.

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Reviewed September 21, 2010

Really decent Chinese food , is what it comes down to. After all it's Orlando not San francisco, Vancouver or Toronto.
The dim sum was reasonably good, We ate the Singapore noodles, Sezchaun eggplant and dimsum. All were well flavored and well portioned.

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Reviewed September 13, 2010

We were looking for a good dim sum restaurant and NOT the typical fake Chinese places we usually find. When we got there and there was a line of people waiting and we were the only ones not oriental, my hopes went up. The waiting line was a little disorganized, but we were given a hand written number by an oriental lady less than 5 ft tall but she never stopped running the whole time we were there. As soon as we were seated, two carts appeared with dim sum. We were a little overwhelmed but everything we tried was great. I told my wife that I had no idea how much this was costing us, but it was the best Chinese food I had had since we went to Hong Kong. When we checked out, the bill for the two of us was less than $25! We have since gone back and gotten more adventuresome and tried the chicken feet (interesting, very gelatinous) shark fin rolls, and next time the tripe soup. The sticky rice is fantastic. We will keep going back, particularly since it is less than a mile from Total Wine!

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