Whether you're in the mood for dim sum or traditional Chinese fare, Jumbo is probably the most popular option for it in the west end. Located just off of 170th street, it's a fairly large restaurant, occupying the lower floor of an office building.
It's not fancy by any means, and the decor is slightly outdated, but the food is generally consistent. If we're not at Wok N Roll (our go-to for dim sum and banquet dinners), we typically find ourselves here.
For a Monday, it was surprisingly busy. I'd expect a wait if you were to go on the weekend or a holiday.
Jumbo operates on a push-cart system for dim sum, and they were pretty frequent with coming around. Waiters were also on standby to refill teapots and clear away finished dishes. With any Chinese restaurant though, just don't come to expect impeccable service.
Along with the usual fare, Jumbo also caters to a more Western clientele by adding "safe" and recognizable items such as chicken wings and BBQ skewers to their rotation. Whatever gets them business I guess.
Har gow ($5.25), or steamed shrimp dumplings, is a dim sum staple. A ball of shrimp mousse is wrapped in a tender, translucent skin. It came lukewarm, but otherwise no complaints here.
Pictures can be deceiving since the sui mai ($4.75) look quite big. The steamer is actually smaller than usual so I'd say they're pretty average in size. The sui mai could have used more shrimp in the mix but they were nice and meaty.
The deep fried shrimp dumplings ($5.25) have small flecks of carrot interspersed with the shrimp filling. Served with a side of sweet mayo, the wrapper is thick and crunchy, crackling with every bite. A touch oily but that's to be expected.
The steamed rice roll with shrimp ($5.75) was okay. The rice roll is smooth and firm, but a touch doughy which makes for a gummy bite.
The wor tip ($4.75) is my sister's favourite item at Jumbo. The meat is plump and the dumpling skin develops a nice crust from being pan-fried. I'm not as partial to it since I find the pork and cabbage mixture to be overly gingery.
Overall, I find the dim sum at Jumbo to be so-so. Some items are good, but their food does seem to be more oily and sit a little heavier than most. If you do come to Jumbo, go for dinner since they offer a free dessert buffet at the end of the meal. Unlimited almond cookies? Yes please.