Usually, I hear two places mentioned. One is Hei La Moon, a huge, bustling two-story restaurant in Chinatown that serves dim sum the tradition way, where servers roll carts full of dim sum to all the tables, tempting diners with visual displays of all the enticing dishes. It’s a place that’s popular for weddings as well as large group functions.
The other place, which I only heard about more recently, is Winsor Dim Sum Cafe. Winsor is completely the opposite of Hei La Moon. It is a tiny, unassuming restaurant in the middle of Chinatown. There are no carts. Instead, you order dim sum items individually, and the kitchen makes each item to-order. Furthermore, dim sum is available anytime of the day, every day of the week (not just weekend brunch!). Imagine, you can stop by on any random weeknight to get your dim sum fix.
After hearing more and more people declare that Winsor had the best dim sum in Boston, I knew that I had to go try it. This past year, I finally had a chance to visit while my mom was in town, and subsequently went back several times….