Dim sum was a favorite weekend treat where I grew up in New York. On Sundays, we would head over to Chinatown and feast on tiny steamed dumplings, egg rolls, meat-filled buns, fried shrimp, and the occasional chicken foot.
Little steamers on carts would be wheeled around the dining room, allowing you to take whatever you wanted -- most of the time you had no idea what was inside that red bun or that green dumpling until you took a bite. It didn't matter, however, because it was all good.
Bloom in Wynwood has introduced Dim Sum-Days. Served every Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., it's part brunch, part dim sum. Dishes are less traditional, with flavor influences from Korea, Japan, and China. The vibe is laid back -- in fact we were there about two hours.
But that's part of the fun. A small clipboard on the table is
accompanied by golf pencils. Check off the items you want to try and
give it to your server. We did this a few times, taking our time with the food as we sipped sake and Scottish beer aged in rum casks. Added bonus: there plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.
Not a bad way to start the laziest day of the week.
Chai Kuih (veggie dumplings), served with three different sauces ($8 for three).
Har Gow (shrimp, spinach, and black garlic dumplings) ($11 for three).
Korean scallion pancake ($5).
Okonomiyaki (Japanese "pizza" with cabbage, soba noodles, mushroom, carrots, nori, katsuobushi, and pickled ginger), available with octopus, bacon, Chinese sausage, or veggie (shown, $13).
Duck & Bull (Szechuan brisket over white truffle rice congee, topped with egg) ($18).
Bloom veggie spring roll ($3).
Adzuki and strawberry cake ($7).