Restaurant: Rol San Restaurant
Address: 323 Spadina Ave
Price Range: ~$10
4: Very Good
*Heart of Chinatown
*All day DimSum
*Visa only over $20 order and up
Rol San Restaurant is in heart of Chinatown and they serve Dim Sum all day (perfect for those who wants Dim Sum but can't wake up early!). They get very busy even after peak lunch hour and the line can get really long. The restaurant is quite big but there is no waiting area so everyone is squished together.
Each table is covered in plastic sheets and once people are done eating, they just wrap up everything (including the plates and cultleries) into a bag and take it away. This makes cleaning so quick and efficient for everyone.
Condiments that are already provided on the table are, Hot sauce, Red Vinegar and Soy sauce. I only ended up using Hot sauce from here.
Once you sit down, they give you this sheet and a pencil. Basically you write in how many of you want in the box beside that specific dimsum dish. I find this system to be quite convenient since I can order at my own pace. There were 4 of us and we ended up ordering around 8 dishes.
Ordered: Siu Mai, 4 pieces ($3.98)
This is standard when you go for DimSum, it's always safe and usually yummy. This Siu Mai was big and plump with pork bits inside. There put bit of cod roe on top and this was delicious with the hot sauce.
Ordered: Har Gow, 4 pieces ($4.28)
This is my sister's favorite DimSum. Sadly, this specific HarGow had really thick and dry skin and it felt tough in my mouth. It was probably one of the worst HarGows I've ever tasted and I would not get this again.
Ordered: Stir fried Snowpea Leaf (Regular menu, $10.99)
We just ordered this off of a regular menu because we wanted some veggies. This dish is pretty big and it had lots of garlic in it which is always good! This was good without any extra sauce.
Ordered: Fried Eggplant with Shrimp paste, 3 pieces ($2.88)
This wasn't very good, there wasn't much shrimp paste inside and the eggplant was really tough. The sweet soy sauce poured over the eggplant was good but that's about it.
Ordered: Deep fried Shrimp Dumpling with Salad sauce, 4 pieces ($4.28)
This came so hot and fresh out of the fryer. The wonton skin is very thin and it's filled with lots of shrimp. This was really good with the salad sauce (sweet mayo) that comes with the dish. I would def get this again.
Ordered: Deep fried Squid Tentacle ($4.28)
If you eat squid tentacles (just like calamari!), this is a must get dish. For $4.28, you get lots of deep fried squid and this was good with the salad sauce that came with my shrimp dumpling.
Ordered: Chinese Donut in Rice Roll ($4.28)
I wanted to order this last time when I went to Spadina Garden but didn't get to so I jumped at the chance that I could. This dish was really big compared to other DimSum dishes. The donut was fresh and chewy and the rice roll was tasty with the sweet soy sauce and peanut sauce. I love this dish!
Ordered: Deep fried Shrimp Roll, 4 pieces ($4.28)
I didn't eat this because I was so stuffed by the time this came, but everyone who did told me it was really good. It's basically a shrimp spring roll. They told me the skin was really crispy and it was good with the sweet&sour sauce that came with the dish.
The bill came to $62.77 for 4 people. Everyone was so stuffed and couldn't eat another bite.
Summary:Their service is quick and efficient and I really enjoyed their food. I recommend going a little early or later in the afternoon to beat the crazy lineups. Also, most of the dishes are served with 4 pieces so it would be better if you can find group of 4 to visit this place.