Just another pan-asian, snooze
Located on Charlotte Street, Dim T is situated in an area thick with some of my favourite restaurants, but no pressure. This Pan-Asian offering is decorated in the usual way – a black and purple colour scheme scattered with bamboo flourishes and cut out screens, all softly backlit. Tables are rammed in and leave little space for cat swinging, or private conversation. The gentleman at the table next to us, for example, may have been alarmed by our conversations regarding the finer aspects of brain surgery (akin to ice cream scooping, I am told). Slight overshare over a food blog, now imagine it over some bang bang chicken, poor mite.
The menu contains very few inventive items amongst the customary laksa, chow mein, udon, nasi goring and yaki soba. Starters of chicken satay and sesame prawn toast taste as you would expect, but offer nothing noteworthy. The dim sum is better; steamed packets of seabass and miso are subtle in flavour and plump in shape, while the prawn dim sum contains threads of coriander and flecks of crushed peanut, imparting something fresh in the way of texture.
Seabass makes another appearance in the mains; two crispy battered fillets in a restrained (read: not feisty enough) sauce of garlic, chilli, coriander and lime leaf, with a side order of steamed rice. Chicken phad thai is produced in a pretty little bowl containing silky rice noodles, sweet tamarind glazed chicken, peanut, fried egg and crunchy bean sprouts. A lychee and lemongrass cocktail is sweet and fresh and utterly lacking any kick.
Food here is on par with the usual Pan-Asian restaurant chains that litter our city, producing reliable, if unadventurous, dishes. Service starts well but quickly deteriorates; average price per person is £20.
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