Monday, August 16, 2010

Lunch Liaisons: Ping Pong Dim Sum

(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as cloak-and-dagger as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme).  

I'll tip-toe back in from hiatus with an easy-does-it lunch liaison post...

As DC-Wrapped Dates would put it, our experiences are often defined by our expectations. Both C and I had rather low expectations of Ping Pong Dim Sum going in, so were pleasantly surprised by our most recent lunch liaison. We sampled the bubble teas - C enjoyed his mango version; I didn't love the raspberry-black pepper version. Then, we ordered set lunches, served as a series of bento box-like courses. Most of the dumplings were quite good; we especially liked the crab & coriander, shu mei, and scallop & shitake. The chive was not great, nor was the lotus leaf sticky rice. I did enjoy the prawn toast. Not the most authentic dim sum to be found, but really, there's not a whole lot of that around anyway. I'm thinking I need to hear bad things about restaurants more often so that I can be pleasantly surprised when I try them out.

4 comments:

iEatDC said...

Welcome back! We haven't been to PPDS yet, but I agree wholeheartedly on expectations. They can be hard to manage, of course.

Angela said...

Heh, I am craving dim sum SO BADLY right now (but I'm talking authentic dim sum). Mark and I felt very similar to you, we went in with low expectations, which were met. It's a fun place.

lindelle said...

I also love their cocktails! You'll have to go back for their drinks :)

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

Happy hour would be optimal timing for PPDS. Just think of the fare as Asian tapas, not dim sum.