by April Watts
Ping Pong Dim Sum
900 7th St NW
Dim Sum purists, abandon all you know about the centuries old Cantonese cuisine. Ping Pong Dim Sum, located in the heart of Chinatown, serves up a traditional Chinese dish with a modern twist. Instead of selecting tasty items from a wheeled cart, diners make their choices from a paper menu; similar in fashion to ordering tapas or sushi. While dim sum is traditionally eaten during the morning and early afternoon, Ping Pong’s atmosphere peaks during the evening.
The décor, comprised mainly of cherry wood, fuses Western contemporary and traditional Chinese styles. The restaurant is sleek and spacious; very feng shui. Dim lights are the final touch to the uber attractive atmosphere.
The menu has an array of delicious offerings—from fried and steamed dumplings to exotic fruits. The dim sum is served in bamboo baskets and on contemporary plates. While the wait staff suggests ordering four to five dishes, at three pieces per dish, you may comfortably settle on three. The cocktail menu is as exotic and diverse as the dim sum.
If you enter Ping Pong as a dim sum aficionado, the restaurant probably won’t stand up your expectations. But if you free your mind, your taste buds will undoubtedly follow.
Spinach and Mushroom Dumpling
Selection of Exotic Sliced Fruits (Papaya, Asian Pear, Mango, Dragon Fruit, Lychee Sorbet)
Ping Pong Cocktail (Martini Bianco, White Wine, Yokaichi Shochu and Lychee juice)