900 7th St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000138.901168 -77.022036
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northwest, Northwest Washington
Delicious Dim Sum – I came here on a whim on a Friday evening for dinner with a friend. We ordered a variety of items on the menu and I can't say that anything tasted bad. My favorite dish had to have been the duck confit spring rolls, the perfect amount of crispiness with delicious duck inside. Don't forget to try the pickled carrots, crunchy and tangy, but there's really nothing on the menu that isn't tasty.
Horrible Service, not bad food, but Not Worth It. – We went there for lunch and the hostess wanted to seat us at a cramped table in the back when there were empty tables in the nice middle section. We asked to be seated at one of these tables and she kept making faces and discussed it with other staff while we were left standing. Finally, after we asked her again what the problem was in seating us at a free unreserved table, she shrugged and sighed and ungraciously seated us there. It was a few minutes before someone came by to take our order for drinks. It took our server even longer to get us glasses of water.
They don't have the traditional dim sum carts, you have to order off the menu. They recommend ordering 3-4 plates per person. We were a party of 3 and ordered about 7 things to start. Steamed dumplings dominate their menu, so we ordered about 5 of those. Half an hour later, we had only been served a plate of 3 little fried shrimp and a plate of 3 chicken puffs. Other tables around us had got all their orders of steamed dumplings and we hadn't even got one small plate. When we finally caught the attention of our server, she tried to rush our orders out. When she eventually brought out our order, it was obvious it had been rushed (even after waiting for more than 30 minutes!!!) Some of the dumplings just hadn't cooked all the way through and stuck to the sheet below. It was unappetizing and we left hungry.
It also took forever to get the standard dipping sauces. Why they can't leave some on the table like other asian restaurants is beyond me. They were very stingy with their sauces too and we had to ask for more. The entire experience was beyond ridiculous.
Although some of the dishes had good flavors, the abysmal service makes Ping Pong unworthy of your time and money.
Modern Twist on Dim Sum Restaurant – Ping Pong Dim Sum is definitely a must try in the Chinatown neighborhood. Having been the new kid on the block for only a few months their name is definitely spreading around town very quickly. If you are looking for fresh, modern, exotic drinks you cannot go wrong with any of the cocktails on their menu. However, don't spend too much time at the bar, because you won't want to miss out on the savory and sweet food items as well. Their pork puffs and crispy prawn balls are simply delectable. I am already looking forward to my next visit so I can sample some more of their menu choices.
RIP-OFF, FAKE, and HORRIBLE. – To call this "DIM SUM" is like calling a Toyota a Ferrari. The owner and executive chef needs to reconsider the flavor palette( If you are reading this, please go to a REAL DIM SUM PLACE and reinvent your menu). The ordering menu process is ridiculous. They could have been amazing with the westernization...but missed it by a long shot.
Should've call it Ping Bong Failed DIM SUM ISH (no carts).
I like their tea and drink selection (not the greatest). However, where is the Chrysanthemum tea?? Where are the CARTS?
ADVICE: GO SOMEWHERE ELSE
Great for a dim sum craving – I like Ping Pong Dim Sum because they offer something that I haven't been able to find within the District. I normally have to venture out to VA or MD for dim sum, which is a huge hassle w/o a car.
Their dumplings are actually quite tasty - I've had their vegetable set menu, and for only $10, it was a great deal. It consists of about 8 pieces of vegetarian dim sum, none of which were lacking in flavor. But Ping Pong doesn't offer many usual dim sum dishes like shrimp crepes or chicken feet, and $5 or $6 or $7 for a dish is absurd to many people used to the dim sum you get at authentic, Chinese dim sum spots, where a plate of shu mai goes for $2.
I do think their drinks contribute to their worthiness as a good, local spot (although it is a chain based in London). Their Raspberry and black pepper bubble tea is nice and tangy with a kick.
If you have a car or plenty of friends with cars, going outside of DC for dim sum may be a better option. I'm perfectly fine with using my own two legs to get my dumpling fix at Ping Pong.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Chinatown's Ping Pong Dim Sum adds a modern twist to the ancient tradition of Chinese tea houses in which Silk Road travelers would stop for a rest, a snack and a soothing cup of tea. The legacy of the food served there lives on; dim sum meals--small portions of sweat and savory bites that are steamed, baked or fried--are handmade daily and served alongside exotic cocktails, such as the Black Lava Margarita rimmed with black Hawaiian salt. Non-alcoholic beverages, such as honey and cardamom lemonade, can be had, in addition to a large selection of rare and gourmet teas. The food might be an ancient tradition, but the space is decidedly modern--chocolate brown walls contrast with mod white lamps over large round tables perfect for group dining.
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