Dim Sum: Columbus dim sum restaurants

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Columbus is home to two Chinese restaurants serving real-deal dim sum, served on traditional push carts.

Sunflower Chinese Restaurant

A visit to Sunflower Chinese Restaurant differs from a trip to one of the classic dim sum joints in major cities' Chinatowns in only one way: You usually don't have to wait in an agonizingly long line.

Sunflower offers dim sum as well as a standard Chinese menu on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The strip-mall place is generally busy, with a handful of dim sum carts making their way quickly around the restaurant.

Ohio State scarlet walls create a lively atmosphere, as do the flat-screen TVs showing cheesy Chinese-language dinner theater. The servers are happy to explain each dish, and the proprietors (the Chung family) enjoy chatting with customers.

Don't miss dishes: Steamed barbecue pork buns and lotus leaf rice

Lee Garden Restaurant

The dim sum experience at Lee Garden is calmer than at Sunflower. Only a few blocks away, Lee Garden offers cart service on Saturdays and Sundays. The single large dining room is dark and comfy, and hanging over the tables are large speakers used during late-night karaoke sessions.

Lee has fewer carts than Sunflower, but each dish is generally slightly cheaper (expect to spend $10-$15 per person).

The friendly, helpful servers are obviously proud of the restaurant. You probably won't be able to leave without hearing that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain stopped by while visiting Kihachi, the Japanese eatery next door, and promised to return and eat there.

Don't miss dishes: Siu mai dumplings and stuffed peppers

Sunflower Chinese Restaurant

7370 Sawmill Rd.,Dublin



Dim sum hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Lee Garden Restaurant

2685 Federated Blvd., Dublin


Dim sum hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday