Eating Adventures

Don't go solo to China Jade Dim Sum and Seafood

In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on this week's stop...

Eating dim sum should never be a solo experience. It's just too much fun, and there's too much variety to attempt it on your own. Last time I tried, I was full after a couple of steamer baskets of dumplings and still wanted to try at least a dozen other items on the menu. The best dim sum parlors are typically banquet hall-sized Chinese restaurants ringing with the clamor of guests, where cart-pushing wait staff offer treasures of small bowls, steam baskets and plates filled with all manner of little bites. Yes -- the expected dumplings and buns, but also ribs, chicken feet, stir-fried vegetables, the occasional soup and maybe some rolls or crepes. China Jade Dim Sum and Seafood, a smallish version of the standard, lacks the crowds and the carts, opting instead for sushi-style menus and pencils so guests can check off their dim sum and stir-fried plates in Chinese, English or Vietnamese. A standard menu is also available with more of the promised seafood, but I hardly glanced at it; the dim sum menu had more than enough unique and intriguing options.

See also: Saigon Bowl wraps up the Vietnamese experience on Federal

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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