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Posted by Anonymous on 06/02/2012
I haven't been to the Pearl in a couple of years. At that time, I thought the food wasn't as great as it had been in the past, but still fine. This time was a total disappointment. Expensive, too. Dim sum for 2 was $50 (no drinks other than tea), and we didn't have a whole lot to eat, as we weren't really enjoying our selections. Won't be back.
Posted by chinese on 09/23/2011
this restaurant is going down quickly. it was busy and served good food. A recent visit, at 7:30PM, on Sunday, the whole restaurant was almost empty, the food was cold and tastless. I heard it has changed hand. Maybe that is why.
Posted by anonymous on 08/05/2011
This was one of the worst chinese meals I think I have ever had. Never going back.
Posted by DrKnowze on 11/21/2010
Wow. I thought I'd take advantage of having some free time last Friday afternoon, and searched for recommendations. I went with my friend at an off-peak hour, so the huge dining room was empty. Our service was prompt, but the waitress slammed everything down onto the table as if she was mad we showed up. The first few things we ordered were not available. What we did order looked so nice... but nothing had any flavor! The won ton soup was like nothing at all, the wontons were blah and flavorless. We ordered an assortment of dumplings and buns, but none of them had any flavors. I've had bad chinese food before, but have never had any so completely devoid of flavor. Does Boston have ANY good Chinese restaurants? I tried a different one a few years ago and it was a joke also. Is this a Boston thing?
Posted by Kim M. on 10/20/2008
My husband and I have eaten dim sum all over the globe and are frequent travelers to Chinatown in NYC. We have always been big fans of the China Pearl in Boston and I agree with all the reviews in that it's a great experience and authentic dim sum with the fun of the hustle and bustle, but the quality and selection of food is definitely not what it was even a couple years ago. If you're with a big group, especially with those who haven't had a lot of dim sum experience, then I would definitely recommend the China Pearl (their staff is super busy on weekends so be prepared to have to hunt them down for drinks, water refills, etc). But if you are real dim sum aficionados and don't mind ordering dim sum from a menu as opposed to selecting it off of a cart, you may want to search out some place else once you have given the China Pearl a try.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2008
I've had dim sum many times and I love China Pearl. It's priced well, the food is good, the service can be a bit sparse during busy times (but that feels even more authentic in a weird way) and its just good overall. Definitely recommended. Go on Sunday around 10-11am.
Posted by jsygrl on 01/06/2008
I have been going to this resturant for dim sum for about five years- it is GREAT- everyone I bring or send just loves it. The dim sum is fun with the servers coming around with their carts loaded with all tyoes of delicious morsels - the price is extremely reasonable -you can't go wrong