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Posted by anonymous on 09/05/2011
I thought thus resteraunt was incredible, COMPLETELY worth the wait. All, I've tried was the dim sum but I can tell u right now, I fell in love. And it's much better than Ocean Harbor across the street. No offense Ocean Harbor, but your food and service sucks. Anyway, though the owner is kind of scary, the service is polite and helpful. Trust me, you'll be happy with what you experience.
Posted by Asian Dan on 07/13/2011
The food was only mediocre, service rude, and atmosphere tacky.
Posted by Mr. Satisfied on 01/19/2011
I am a 47 year old Male who eats out almost everyday in small to large and classy restaurants. I have had my "first experience" i am talking about "Dim Sum". The right place with the right atmosphere. I love variety and they offered plenty. The owner is cute, too! She was once a model and plenty of pictures posted throughout the restaurant to prove it. It is a great experience that I wish all to enjoy!
Posted by Tamiz on 11/12/2010
The food is hit or miss, Hunan lamb was good, the moo shoo pork was not. The thing that got me was the service..lazy, slow, clumsy, rude, and unattentive. Go to Sang Kee, lee how fook, or new harmony!
Posted by Ricky with Asian Influence on 02/08/2009
My wife is Chinese, and we visited for the first time her members of her family from Beijing. They said the dim sum was the best they have had outside of China (my Occidental taste thought it was great too, albeit I have never learned to love chicken feet or curdled blood). As for the comment about lack of attention, everyone has to be assertive to get service, but that seems to be common to this genre of restaurant. Once we snagged someone, they did our bidding efficiently.
Posted by Mel on 06/28/2008
Joy Stin Lau is in Chinatown Philadelphia, and it's no secret that this place is one of the best. Sure the service is a little off due to the language barrier but thats kinda the point of Chinatown after all. I want my Chinese food as authentic as it can come and these people are always SOOO nice too. Its a large restaurant's and a lot of its patrons are not just well spoken Americans at all but local Chinese speaking residents who live in the area. You need to keep this in mind when you go. If your having trouble telling them what you want, point it out on the menu, if there is still a question or problem go to the front counter, someone there is usually always well versed in English and will be more than happy to help. They are open late, they are directly beside a great lot and they offer validation savings for this lot as well. Durring lunch you can park there for 5 dollars with Joy Tsin Lau validation! How sweet is that?! Their dim sum is to die for and the family style meals are always a good way to go for a small crowed of friends. Anything they make that they call "house" style TRY it! You will be glad you did! I have never had anything I didn't like here. I have always come home with left overs which never made it to the next day and I highly recommend you try a drink from the bar. They make a fantastic Mellon Ball and they have a house drink called a Suffering Bastard that will knock you on your rear for sure! They have many specials which are posted around the establishment but in Chinese, if you are feeling rather adventurous all you have to do is ask. There will usually be someone there who can explain and get you a fabulous meal! When it comes down to it, there is way more pro's to con's in this place. And when your eating you tend to forget you had to wait 5 more minutes for your food because the waiter wasn't sure what you were saying. Top Picks for Joy Stin Lau: House Fried Rice Dim Sum House Wor Saw dinner for 2 or more Peking Duck Lo Mein Shu Mai Crab Rangoon House Pan Fried Noodles Shrimp Rolls House Wonton for 2 and so much more...
Posted by pyatachok on 02/20/2008
We are from Maryland and for many years traveled to Philly for good quality dim sum at Lakeside Deli Cafe, which unfortunatly closed lately. After many attempts to get a tea pot on the table we had to nearly raise our voice to get their attention at Joy Tsin Lau. All the cart rollres were doing a "huge favours" to not asian looking customers when finally after a long chat bitween each other and food being chilled complitly apeared by their tables. We decided next time to spend our money in Wheaton and Silver Spring MD, where the quality of the food and attitude is uncomperable with Philly's dim sum places.