Went to the Saturday dim sum brunch this weekend and ordered an EPIC 14 plates with my dining companion. I think we went in with a good attitude: to not expect what we think everything should taste like and just to go in with the mindset of good food. We were both pretty impressed. There were some duds, but most of the dishes we tried were pretty damn good. Sure, it's expensive, but it's a treat, and you can see the care and attention to detail that went into most of the plates.
Not gonna list everything we had, but the duds seemed to be their dumplings (most were just bland and flavorless, nothing really spectacular at all). The Chinese sausage fried rice was also SUPER salty. I mean, so salty that you couldn't taste anything else but the soy sauce. You can tell there was too much soy sauce because the rice was too wet. That was the biggest dud, for my sister and me, but we aren't really into salty salty foods. Your salt preference may vary, as I know salt sensitivity is different for everyone.
The hits were their noodle plates, especially the Shanghai Noodles and chow feung. Shanghai noodles is just so complex, umami-rich, perfectly balanced with sweet/salty/spicy, but you could still taste every individual component. The braised oxtail in it was great, and not too much/not too little. We were definitely sad to see the bottom of that bowl.
Chow feung was great and perfectly balanced as well, if not as complex as the Shanghai noodles. They added brussels sprouts and these wonderfully fried, glazed shrimp. Familiar and comforting for me, but also surprising and flavorful.
Wok fired shrimp dumplings stood out as well because of the surely house-made XO sauce. It was so good and garlicy that my dining companion and I were trying to get the last bits of it out of the bowl with our chopsticks.
There were lots of other hits, but about ten hours after this feast, I am STILL full and groggy, so I won't get too into it. Needless to say, I'm really impressed with the dim sum brunch. It really shows that Drewno learned a lot in China, and that his staff is great at executing the lessons he learned. It's rare that I've tasted something so familiar to me, yet with something different and new. On a lot of the plates, you can really tell that Drewno learned the main lesson of Chinese cuisine is balance of many strong flavors, and I'd definitely go back to try some of the in-tried plates and to also re-try the stand-outs.
It's a bit pricey, I won't delude anyone about that. But as a treat, I think it's a good value with 2 people for an extravagent, varied brunch. 8 plates for $40, 5 plates for $30. And quite frankly, it's not that much more per person (or the same) as some of the other brunches/lunches in the area. I don't pretend to be a professional food critic or even to have a sophisticated palate, but I did like it and would go back, and I'm really glad I gave it a chance and kept an open mind. Definitely made a fan out of me.