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“Authentic dim sum in a beautiful setting”
Review of Minghin Cuisine

Minghin Cuisine
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

We have been eating dim sum for more than thirty years, always in Chinatown, first at Hong Min of blessed memory, then at several others that also are no longer in business, and more recently at Triple Crown. We discovered Hong Min's two-story restaurant a couple of years ago, and it became our go-to dim sum place. So one can imagine how happy we were to hear that they have opened a suburban location, since we live a long way from Chinatown.

We've been to the new place six or seven times. The restaurant is beautiful; the owners spent a fortune on Chinese porcelain and sculpture. It's a big, bright room, with handsome dividers that create private spaces for families and cut down on the noise. Tableware is stylish, and they even have their own ceramic chopsticks! On weekends, the place is full of multi-generational Chinese families enjoying the food and each others' company. During the week it's not as busy.

To the food: We have only had dim sum here, but they do, as in Chicago, have live seafood to serve family-style at the table. Our favorites have been the shrimp dumplings, with fresh, sweet shrimp and delicate translucent dumpling skin, and sweet, slightly chewy water chestnut cake. We usually order jellyfish from the menu on the back of the paper dim sum menu, and it is cool, spicy, toothsome, and fresh. Tonight we had two items we hadn't had before- vegetable crepes in tofu skin and steamed oysters with black beans or ginger and green onions. The oysters were obviously cooked to order, since the meat was still attached to the bottom shell. I had the black bean variety. The oyster was huge, salty, and plump, and you could taste it over the delicious black beans and shredded greens. I like tofu skin, and it gave a chewy/crispy wrapper for fresh Chinese vegetables.

Be sure to have something sweet, like the red bean or coconut pudding, and the sesame balls, while typically on the greasy side, are a guilty pleasure.

Ming Hin is making some stabs at fancy service, such as swapping out fresh plates mid-meal, but most of the service is efficient and well-intentioned but a little awkward. Sometimes there is a language barrier, but if one is polite and patient there's no problem for non-Chinese people. All in all, this is a terrific addition to the food options in the Northwest suburbs, and I recommend it highly, especially for those who are familiar enough with authentic Chinese food to appreciate what they do here.

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Thank Mark E
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

The food is good. Although I didn’t like the dumpling. Waiter was not informative and accommodating. Very limited of words. They could have just told us that they have menu in the iPad and the paper instead of just handing it out to u. The menu in paper are not all in the iPad / computer . Also, when we want to box our food, they did not box the food in front of us and brought the food to the back where u can find dirty dishes around. After spending around $100 of food for 2 people, u would expect a nicer friendly and accommodating experience instead of what I experienced. Will not be back to eat here.

Thank Jill D
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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

The environment was great, filled with traditional Chinese decor. The dim sum was some of the best I've had in the Chicago land area. The crab we had could've use a bit more flavor and texture, but overall, it was a worthwhile experience. Now you don't have to go to Chinatown for real dim sum.

Thank Dong La L
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

On Easter Sunday we went for lunch as full family after reserving a table. It was heavily crowded and nobody attended our table even after we having seated. Our order was not properly taken and they were serving food in the most unprofessional way serving main course in the beginning starters (chicken on sticks) at the end especially meant for kids. One other starter was never served and we had to represent to remove it from billing. Dishes were literally thrown into our table. I never had experienced such a poor service in a fine dining restaurant. I will not recommend this restsurant for non Chinese.

Thank chettiyappan
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is a beautifully appointed and large restaurant. Unusually, the menu is on a tablet computer on which you select your menu items and add them to a cart. The waiter then comes and confirms your order. Very nice - no waiter hovering over you waiting for your order! We stared out with soup. My hot and sour soup was good but not exceptional. My wife's veggie and tofu soup was just average. For entrees we shared the veggie egg foo young that was among the best I've eaten. We also shared an exceptional Japanese tofu with golden mushrooms. The mushrooms look like soba noodles. The soft tofu was delicately fried into tasty balls. For a drink we had a mango smoothie that we asked to have the sugar left out. It came as ordered.

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Thank John M
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