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“Sunday Dim Sum”

Joy Tsin Lau Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #1,382 of 4,461 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $20 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: City Center East
Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I always pick a Sunday to go to Joy Tsin Lau for dim sum. The food is always excellent and traditional. The food carts come by often enough and always contain the food at the right temperature. The decor is older but the table cloth and services are always clean. The only reason that I'm not giving five starts for Joy Tsin Lau is because of the cleanliness or lack of cleanliness in the bathrooms. This past Sunday was not apparently a good day for the bathrooms. Everything else was fine.

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Thank Susan B
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Dinner was the best!!! Seafood birdnest is to die for....the shark fin soup was the best...The Dim Sum was wonderful.....the Cherry chicken (spicy) a must have! Service was excellant.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Been coming here every so often as a kid.

The decor is what you would imagine a stereotypical Chinese restaurant would look like. It has pretty decent size room upstairs for parties.

Food has always been good. Dim sum is worth it.

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Having eaten here several years ago after they hosted the President of the People's Republic of China when he made a visit to his alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, I was looking forward to their usually fabulous meal. I was worse than disappointed. We ordered two appetizers Fried Dumplings and Barbecue Scallops to be followed by two entrees, Peking Duck and Spicy Shrimp Szechwan style. To start off with the entrees came out before the appetizers and the server would not reserve them until the appetizers came and were eaten. The Peking Duck was ice cold and we had to ask for buns with it, through that is part of the normal order. The Spicy Shrimp were under-cooked and most had not been fully cleaned - with parts of shell still attached, and not having been deveined. When the appetizers did appear, the Scallops were almost raw. The Dumplings were the only redeeming grace; but the pork filling in two of the order of 6 had so much grissle that they were inedible.Not in any way what I had recalled. I attempted to speak to the manager and was told that no one was available to speak to me. As Edgar Allen Poe's Raven said "Nevermore!"

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

I have dined here many, many times over the years and have always had a great meal. Last couple of times I wasn't thrilled with the service and the place seems to be a little shabby, but the food is excellent! It is always super crowded when we go. The portions they give you are more than enough to share with everyone at your table. We've gone with just the two of us, or as many as 12. The restaurant hasn't been updated, it seems, since they opened it, but the food is always good. The poo poo platter is awesome to start out with, so you get a little taste of what's to come. They have such a varied menu that you can always find something good. Beef is so tender, pork fried rice is mmmmmmmm, lo mein of any kind is juicy and a giant portion, and no matter what you get, there is plenty to go around. They pack everyone in so that when it's crowded, you can't move between tables. I'm quite certain it's a fire hazard. There are so many people that the service really isn't one on one, it's whoever is passing by. We've been going to this restaurant for about 15 years and have only been disappointed about 2 times. Great Chinese food.

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