Austin >Food & Dining > T & S Chinese Restaurant
10014 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875330.370191 -97.693245
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2:30pm
Neighborhoods: North Austin Civic Association
T & S Chinese Restaurant – This place wants money desperately using all possible ways. I came to this place a few days ago with another family. There were 4 adults and 3 kids, but the 3 kids didn't eat anything and they just played in the front entry due to they just finished breakfast not long ago and they don't like Dimsum. The waitress brought a tea pot and 4 little tea cups, I told the waitressI don't drink tea due to I have a health issue so I can't drink tea. The waitress wrote down 4 orders of 4 teas in the ticket any way, i didn't notic to this when I checked out. I told the cashier that I don't drink tea, and we should be charge 3 orders of hot tea, the cashier was very very unhappy and and gave me a bad face, then said why I didn't tell the waitress, the way she asked me seems that I was cheating. Then she said the tip was included in the acount which the total was around $60 because we have 6 persons. I told them only 4 adults ate and the kids didn't. they still charged around 20% tip any way no matter how I explained. The total amount we spent on the food less then $50 ( how can 7 persions only ate this amount) and the tip they charged to my ticket is almost $10. I don't mind to pay $10 tip because I worked as waitress before, I know how import the tip amount is, but the tip amount also depends on the quality of the service.
I will definitely not go back to this place in the future.
The Economy May Shut Its Doors. – T&S used to be my favorite place for dim sum, but the quality of its dim sum is going down with the economy. I am not sure how they even stay afloat. Many times we would be the only table in the entire restaurant. It relied on dim sum to support its other 5 days' business, but I don't know whether they changed the chef or just lower the quality of their food, their dim sum is losing its quality. I told the owner if she had to choose between raising the price or lower the quality, she should raise the price, because no one is going to spend 30% less on price but eating something not enjoyable at all.
Very Good Dim Sum – This was my first time eating at the restaurant. I really enjoyed the food. It was hot, fresh, very good seasoning. The staff was very nice and helpful when ever I needed assistance. The building is old but, those are the best places to eat. I will be returning. Now for recommending it to a friend or two I would have to think about it. Don't want to many people taking up all the good places.
really bad place to go – hate everything in this restaurant. bad foods, bad servicer, and bad smell!!!
Good Dim Sum (For Austin...) – It's not San Francisco, LA, Vancouver, or Hong Kong, but I think this is the best you're gonna get in the heart of Texas. A lot of people on here really don't know the first thing about Chinese food, and you can tell from what they order. The dim sum was roundly passable, and at times delicious. The shrimp dishes coming straight from the kitchen were some of the best I've had anywhere, including China. Another highlight was the stuffed taro dish, which I've never had tasting so fresh (read: actually hot!). Most of the standards were... standard. This really spanks Tien Hong, my other Austin Dim Sum experience, where everything seemed old and soggy, without much turnover. If you want dinner, you're probably better of at First Chinese BBQ. By the way, the kids they have manning most of the carts were great. Everyone was friendly, and it could have been the best "service" I've ever seen from Dim Sum carts.
You call this dim sum? Really? Seriously? – I love dim sum. When I moved to Austin, I was lucky enough to discover a place called Marco Pollo, which was in the Clarion Inn right off the Oltorf exict on 35 south. Dim sum could not possibly be better than that. For those of you who never got the chance to try it, I'm so very sorry.
Tragically, Marco Pollo closed about a month ago, and I thought I would never eat dim sum again. However, a well-intentioned friend persuaded me to go to T&S Seafood this afternoon. This was undoubtedly the biggest mistake of my life. If you like good dim sum, and ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE EVER EATED AT MARCO POLLO, do not, I REPEAT DO NOT eat here. It is horrible. We will provide a few examples:
1. Turnip cakes: At their best, turnip cakes are not my favorite. However, at Marco Pollo, they were moist, flavorful, and well-prepared. At T&S, they had the texture of old bread soaked in water, and tasted like that as well.
2. Dumplings: No comparison. They completely lacked flavor, and tasted as though they had been sitting in a vat of oil for 3 days, and had just been warmed up in a sub-par microwave. Horrible.
3. Shimp rounds and Crab puffs: You know those cheap chicken nuggets that come in packages of 100 at Sam's Club? Replace the chicken with shrimp and/or crab, and that's what these are.
4. BBQ Pork Buns: This was one of our favorites at Marco Pollo, so it hurt even more when we were forced to endure these flimsy, overly-sweet, sparsely-filled "buns." If we hadn't been told there was pork in them, we would have guessed they were filled with high fructose corn syrup dyed red; obviously, they use this sweetness to make up for 1) the lack of pork, and 2) the lack of any discernable flavor.
5. Egg Cream Buns: We saved the saddest for last. My favorite of all dim sum, egg cream buns have a special place in my heart as sweet, moist, and fluffy. T&S butchered this. There are no words to describe how inferior they were.
Oh...and it was WAY overpriced.
delicious squid dish!! – definitely get the fried squid dish, i think it's called fresh squid-something. so so good! dimsum was great and the service was superb (go calvin!) :) definitely would recommend
Avoid at all cost – My friends and I were extremely disappointed with this restaurant. Our waitress was extremely rude and not very attentive to the customer. The food was not all that. I was extremely disappointed to the fact that this restaurant was a best restaurant according to the Austin Chronicle. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Save your money. This restaurant is a shame to the Asian/Chinese community with their food and service.
Really great chinese! – This place looks shady from the outside, but had REALLY great food and appeared neat, clean, and tidy on the inside. Everything we ordered was delicious. I will absolutely be going back! A+
not all it should be – the carpet needs replacing. the staff was friendly. the prices were high. the food was disappointing and greasy. I will try somewhere else next time i crave dim sum. like toronto's china town which has the best!
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