Jin Wah Restaurant
4021 SW 117th Avenue (across from Fred Meyer; near Beaverton TC)
Beaverton, OR 97005
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (daily dim sum 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Website | Lunch money: $$$
When we hear the text message alert on the iPhone go off before noon on a Saturday it only means one thing: Our pal Matt W. wants to go get food. Sure enough that was the situation over the weekend, so before we knew it we were out of our weekend loungewear (fave bright yellow PJ pants and a boyfriend-sized t-shirt) and headed to the â€˜burbs (Beaverton, to be exact) for some dim sum.
Now this wasnâ€™t our first venture into Cantonese small plate dining, but this was our first visit to Jin Wah Restaurant. We met up with Matt (who had already started digging into some dishes) and our other dining companion during the restaurantâ€™s busy dim sum lunch hours. The place was packed and everyone looked like regularsâ€¦always a good sign!
Now hereâ€™s our very own personal problem when we go for dim sum: We can never figure out what is what on the cart! What kind of dumplings are those? Whatâ€™s in that bun? Are those chicken feet?!?! Yeah, itâ€™s not a world-ending issue, but it does take some time to figure out whatâ€™s what and dive into the tasty stuff.
Of course, with so many options to try itâ€™s hard to pick something wrongâ€¦and if you do someone else at the table will likely happily inhale it.
We started with some turnip cake, a couple plates of various dumplings, some taro dumplings, spare ribs and, of course, the traditional tea. After that we ordered more dumplings, BBQ pork buns, potstickers and Phoenix claws (yep, that would be chicken feet!).
If that sounds like a lot, it WAS! We were stuffed!
Even though we were unbutton-the-top-pants-button full, there were so many other plates we were tempted to try. We missed out on the fried squid, meatballs, rice noodle rolls and (one of our very favorite items) sesame balls.
The dishes we tried were good, not the best Iâ€™ve ever had but definitely not the worst. Just kind of what youâ€™d expect dim sum to be.
The one thing that was a little surprising was the bill. $44! Granted, we did eat quite a bit, but most of the plates we ordered were split between three eaters. Before tip that was almost $15 per person. Yes, it was a delightful and filling meal, but thatâ€™s a little spendy for a casual lunch in Beaverton (no offense, Beavertonians). In retrospect, we wish they had provided a menu of items by price in advance so there wouldnâ€™t be any â€œsticker shockâ€ when the final bill arrived.
Jin Wah is also a full-service Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant, and the regular menu offerings are extensive. The restaurant itself is bright, airy and very, very clean. The table service was quickâ€”almost too quick, as we would barely have new plates on the table before the next food-laden cart wandered up to the table.
Overall, it was a good meal, but would we go again? Ummmmmm. Maybe. There are SO many dim sum places in the Portland area to explore and only so much time, right? If you live in the area, and have a hankering for some dim sum, itâ€™s definitely worth a visit.
They offer a huge variety of dim sum options.
Their regular menu is also extensive.
Clean! Bright! Airy!
Free parking galore!
Almost too many dim sum carts, it can be interruptive during the meal.
A little hard to find because of their strip mall location.
Would like to see the price per plate before ordering.
Can get a little spendy for lunch.