When my cousins Abby and Jason lived here in Dallas, our weekend tradition was a Sunday morning visit to Maxim's Restaurant for Dim Sum and conversation. Abby and Jason moved to New Hampshire in 2006, so my visits with them to Maxim's are less frequent, but I can always count on two things... my cousins will find their way back to Texas for the holidays and the Dim Sum at Maxims will always be just as good as the last time we were there together.
For those unfamiliar with Dim Sum, it is a style of Chinese cuisine that features smaller portions of light dishes. Sort of a the Chinese equivalent of Tapas. The dishes are a variety of primarily steamed or fried items along with some meat dishes and sweet desserts.
Dim Sum is typically served with hot tea and unlike a typical restaurant experience, Dim Sum is usually served from small carts wheeled around the restaurant where dining patrons can see the food and choose which items they want by sight.
Being a fan of dumplings, Dim Sum is a personal favorite because there are always several selections of both the steamed and fried varieties. Today we had Shaomai (steamed dumplings with with ground pork and shrimp), steamed and fried shrimp dumplings, shark fin dumplings (a pork dumpling that resembles a shark fin in appearance) griddled fried noodles, BBQ pork buns, roasted duck and two varieties of fried squid. Everything was exceptionally good, as it always is.
Located at 310 Terrace Drive in Richardson, a visit to Maxim's Restaurant for Dim Sum is a genuine treat. On weekends they do get crowded, so if you see people waiting, don't worry... just get in line, it's worth the wait!