We just came back after dim sum with some friends at the newly re-opened Pink Pearl on Hastings. What a pleasure to be back. The place has been closed for about 2 years, since the fire, and they have rebuilt the interior almost exactly the way it was. The floor is new, and their “special orders” serving table is gone, but everything else was so — familiar. One of the servers we recognized, Sandy, ran up and hugged my wife.
There were still a few trolleys being pushed around, but the Pearl seems to have gone over almost completely to a list service, where you mark your selection on a menu form and hand it in. I miss the trolley service, to be honest; it is the best way to discover new things that look good. But the food was as good as ever I remember. Smaller portions, still, than Western Lake, but wonderfully tasty.
The problem now is that I have two favourite dim sum places that I have to choose from. I guess we’ll keep going to both.