Landmark Seafood

Landmark Seafood

Landmark Seafood is a Chinese restaurant on McNicoll and Vic Park. The place looks more like a dingier banquet hall with the rather outdated decor and lighting. Despite that, this place is absolutely rammed for their dim sum because of their all-day low price special. (Pretty much around $2.50 per plate on weekends and $2.35 on weekdays.) I come here for one thing and one thing. Cheap ass dim sum.

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When you walk in, be sure to throw elbows and make your way to the front and grab a server's attention in order to get a number (or if you're lucky...a table right away). The classic pencil and paper are provided and off you go. I went during Easter time, so it seemed particularly busy compared to the other times I've gone.

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They have all the classics and though none are too memorable, the satisfaction is always there. Their har gow (shrimp dumplings) are surprisingly good here. They aren't the golf ball sized dumplings that you'll find at some more ornate restaurants, but you'll still be left appeased. The fried dough in rice roll is so good. It's actually better here than most dim sum places I've been. Not sure if it was a good time or something, but the dough was crisp and not greasy and the rice roll perfectly envelops that bite. Plus, the addictive sweet soy sauce. The siu mai is big and chunky, whilst the beef tripe is a stable dish to order.

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Now, it's not all positives. A place like this also has its flaws for their dishes, and despite low expectations, some dishes are damn disappointing. The chicken feet were gross. They were overly gelatinous and just swimming in the sauce. Maybe some enjoy that. I am not in that company. The steamed ribs are a waste of money as well. Mainly chunks of fat and surprisingly bland despite being absolutely doused in their overly starch sauce.

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Service here is hit or miss, but its understandable if people could be turned off by the service. Servers are overworked and are pretty much running around constantly. Patrons could get impatient because of the long wait, so just set the right expectations and you'll be fine. Don't be so damn whiny (I'm looking at some of you). The prices are dirt cheap and the dim sum is not bad at all! Worth coming to if you don't wake up (or can't wake up) early enough for cheaper dim sum. 

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