Philadelphia has a few restaurants which offer some good med range Dim Sum. However, unlike many other cities like San Francisco or New York, Philadelphia does not have a premium quality Dim Sum restaurant. The newly opened Canton 11 (on Arch Street) is supposed to fill in this gap. It is a restaurant which is to offer variety of experience including a high end or med-high end Dim Sum experience. To quote Michael Klein from philly.com, “Want sushi? Sure. Cantonese food? Yes. Bubble tea? Yep. Karaoke? You’re singing their song.”
I went today to try the Dim Sum. I believe it is still in its soft-opening, so please this into account.
Overall, I will just say it is alright, but I am not impressed. I will give it another try considering it is still trying to get its act ready.
The decoration is nice. The staffs are well mannered. The Dim Sum area is very small actually – as far as I can tell it is only a small area on the 2nd floor. In term of foods, I ordered four dishes: (1) Durian crispy rolls, (2) Shumai (steamed pork shrimp dumplings), (3) Fun Guo (Chiu Chow dumpling), (4) Beef Cheong Fun (steamed rice roll with beef filling). I thought the Cheong Fun was very well made, despite a little cold. The durian crispy rolls were good but average. The Shumai and Fun Guo were possibly below average. I can tell the ingredients were good, but somehow they were unable to execute and put the good ingredients together. I also have to say the foods probably suffer because the food turn around was slow. They don’t have many steamed carts, apparently they are no ready yet. That being said, the Shuami and Fun Guo were freshly steamed from the kitchen and served very hot on my table, so whatever negative feeling I had toward them is not due to the lack of the warmth.
I will give this place another try, but overall I am not impressed.