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Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Posted by Jon on 01/16/2015
After the first time that I went to Nom Wah, I enjoyed the food a lot and have recommended it to my friends and have even taken them there a few times. However, I keep learning that every time I go there, I become more and more upset with the service. In short, the food is good but the service is horrible. I will begin to take friends and my recommendations somewhere else. One time I went, the man would not accept my 50 dollar bill because '' it doesn't look normal'' even though he checked to see if it was real. It was just a fresh dollar from the older design (before they added colours other than green and black). Luckily my friend had extra cash on hand. Also, every time I go there, they always point out the ''suggested'' tip. That is exactly what it is, ''suggested.'' However, it is to the point of harassment. Today, I had enough with the rude service. My friend and I left the tip on the table, following restaurant etiquette, and paid for the meal with cash. The man did not even take the money to the register. He asked if I saw the suggested tip and before I could even tell him that it was on the table, he walked away. Needless to say, I already gave more than what I thought was worth for the service already. Then I had to walk up to the register and give him the money that he quickly rejected. The waitress came up to him and spoke in Chinese, which was followed by the man asking if I left a tip. I had to tell him again, that the tip was on the table. Perhaps she didn't see it because I used a few extra dollar coins that I had. He took the money and said ''Okay.'' He didn't even want to give me change. I had to ask if he could do it... Anyways, before I was leaving, he asked yet again, if I gave the suggested tip. If I ever go back, I will no tip because tip is given with the amount of satisfaction with service. Since the service was no good, they deserve no tip. Especially when they are very pushy about it. I have been a patron and now I am completely dissatisfied with the place. Very disappointed and very offended. Would not recommended in general.
Posted by Rexem on 07/17/2013
I have been to a lot of the Chinatown restaurants and I really like this one. The vibe is very cool - very nostalgic. Sure, not everyone will appreciate the fact that it hasn't changed since since the 30's but I personally love it. Its like something out of a cool movie. Now for the food - I got a dim sum sampler because I was alone and the dim sum was very fresh and tasty - some of the best I have had. Tea was very good. Service just ok. I will return!
Posted by anonymous on 01/07/2013
Nom Wah was total disappointment and most unappetizing dim sum experience for us. We came on Friday around 11am. Except of one other table the place was empty, but in spite of this the waiter gave us the most uncomfortable drafty and weirdly leaning to one side table by the window. When we asked to switch to another table he acted like we've hurt his personal feelings. From that point the service was just poor. Food wise we tasted nothing we would consider to be good. Taste range was from EH to inedible. In the end the same waiter was trying to cheat by adding one dish we didn't order. When it was pointed out there was no apology or even surprise on his face. Needless to say we are not going to be back and highly DO NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone who is familiar with good quality dim sum.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2012
My favorite dim sum place. I come here almost every week! Food is amazing!
Posted by Tony Picco on 05/07/2012
I have been going to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor since 1966, when I was 12 years old & my Dad took me there. The past decade had not been kind to the place, and it was closed for awhile, but I ate there this past Saturday and the food is better than ever. Gone is the old system of trays of food being carried around, with the diner picking dishes off the tray... but other than that, the place is unchanged. It has a new coat of paint but still has the funky casual feel. But the food is great. Truly better than ever... Nom Wah has been reborn.
Posted by yumyum on 04/06/2012
This place is a dim sum gem! The owners are friendly, the food is inventive and delicious (try the crab claw), there is a nice tea selection and wine list, and they even cater to people with food allergies (most of the dim sum can be made gluten/egg/nut/sesame-free). In short, I LOVE this place and can't wait until my next meal.
Posted by Nick K. on 06/23/2011
I don't think visitors or city residents will be fooled by this place. The food is really poor. Nam Wah pretends to be a serious dim sum parlor. The extraordinarily dumpy walls and furniture are reminders that this is a genuinely old establishment, but the food has been downgraded and homogenized. The result is utterly bland (at best), and outright poor (like the scallion pancakes and pork-chive dumplings). A customer at a nearby table asked for chili paste. The waiter pointed to a bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce on the table. When the knowledgeable customer persisted, the server brought a small dish of chili paste. There is little doubt that the management knows real from fake, but there's a sense of trying to get away with everything from the quality of the dim sum to the tiny, inexpensive condiments, and pricey optional teas. How Nom Wah can survive is beyond me. It's unlikely that fans of dim sum (I am one of those) will return, and visitors who know enough to bring themselves to a dim sum restaurant are not likely to be pleased either. We ordered a good deal of food because we wanted to give the place a chance. Here's a rundown of what we had: The "original" egg roll is battered and deep-fried; it's worth having. scallion pancakes: I have never had worse. cilantro and scallion rice roll; also shrimp rice roll: bland shrimp with unusually greasy rice noodles. The shrimp paste in ALL of the following dishes seems to be the same: 1) shrimp sui mai 2) fried shrimp ball 3) shrimp & snow peal leaf dumpling 4) tofu skin roll. Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings are surprisingly poor. The filling is dry and under-seasoned; the wrappers are as thick and tough as any I've ever had. Nom Wah is no longer cheap. It's no longer authentic--and, worst of all, the food leaves a lot to be desired. I'd turn back if I were you.