As someone who's grown up on authentic chinese food, including dim sum, my family and I generally look for good chinese food when we're travelling. I'd read the reviews and was eager to try Ming Bistro while on our vacation.
We dined at Ming Bistro for dinner, so I really was expecting to get anything but dim sum given the hour (dim sum is traditionally served and eaten during brunch hours - late morning til early or mid-afternoon). However, when we stepped in, I immediately noticed that EVERY table ordered and was dining on dim sum! So, we did what the locals did, we ordered dim sum, much to my family's delight.
Generally, the dim sum was hot, fresh and very tasty, with the exception of 1 steamer basket of seafood dumpling. Given that we ordered over 10 orders, the 1 being not as good was really not a big deal. For those used to having NYC dim sum, if you order the turnip cakes (lo bak go), don't expect or even ask for oyster sauce - they have none. The shrimp dumplings (ha gau) was truly excellent, as were the shrimp cheung fun and chicken feet (fung zhao).
The place itself is not that large and is pretty basic in appearance. The worst part is that when you walk in, there's a funny smell (kinda reminds me a little of your typical NYC chinese restaurant bathroom cleaner smell), but we just ignored the smell and ate the delicious food.
Service is typical, if you're used to and know about typical service at cantonese restaurants (pretty much what you'd find at most chinese restaurants in NYC Chinatown). Speaking in cantonese to them didn't really make a difference (not that I'd expect it to), but it's part of the deal and so we're ok with it.
Next time we're back in Orlando, we'll be sure to take another drive out to Ming Bistro.
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