West Lake, Matawan (NJ) -- Another Set of Opinions

After the HO Down at West Lake last month, we moved our monthly dim sum group from Crown Palace to West Lake this month. They were not as taken by it, and I also saw some drawbacks.

West Lake has no fry cart; the items one would get off the fry cart are made in the kitchen and put on carts, meaning they are not as piping hot as one might want them. They also have only hot peppers stuffed with shrimp, not mild, and several of our group prefer the mild.

The Salt & Pepper Squid are tentacles only.

The Clams in Black Bean Sauce seems to have fewer clams, and the plate we got had what I considered an excess of empty shells.

There are some items not available at Crown Palace (what is the name for that fried thing that has “crispy ribbons” all around it?), but apparently the people in our monthly group want whatever Crown Palace has, so we will be returning there for the future.

(We can go on our own to West lake, but dim sum for two is not nearly as good.)

Crown Palace had its detractors on CH at least some of whom are transplants here. We go every month or so for Dim Sum only and are generally pleased with the offerings. Some visits are better than others, but on the whole we find the offerings quite good.

Hey to each his own! That’s what makes the world go 'round. I remember going to a very highly acclaimed dim sum spot in Brooklyn once and my honest response was “eh, they’re not materially better than Crown Palace,” so clearly it’s not like they’re doing anything poorly.

Just curious, what do you guys usually get from the fry cart? I had eggplant for the first time the other day and it was great! It’s crazy how you can go to a restaurant and eat their food for a decade+ and still never have tried basic things like that. :slight_smile:

We usually get hot peppers stuffed with shrimp, mild peppers stuffed with shrimp, lo bak go (turnip cake), and sometimes eggplant stuffed with shrimp. We tend to skip the water chestnut cake, since it’s a dessert-type thing and we always get Mexican bun. (We are usually about 8 people, give or take.)

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
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