We just returned from the Dim Sum and then Some Sunday Brunch at The Carriage House, Chef Janos Wilder’s newest addition to Tucson’s culinary scene.
I’ve been meaning to go since they opened a few weeks back. Dim sum is new to Tucson and as is his usual way of bringing great food to us, Janos goes above and beyond at this fun brunch experience.
Dim sum tea houses originated in Hong Kong and during a dim sum meal, servers travel through the dining room pushing wheeled carts filled with all manner of shareable plates. You pay by the plate – prices here range from $5 to $16. All the plates are big enough to share
Traditionally the food is Chinese, but Executive Chef Devon Sanner and Janos have added the “and then some” that includes dishes from all over the world. (PS Some of these photos are Devon’s. ie the before and after below of lo mai gai.)
You’ll find a cart that has at least a half dozen kinds of steamed dumplings; another has salads, both warm and cold.
Egg rolls and spring rolls with duck are often on the menu. Then there are papusas from El Salvador and banana fritters from Jamaica. Birria tacos with goat meat also make their way around the dining room, as well as Korean bo saam with kimchee, dipping sauces and bibb lettuce for wrapping.
Cocktails, wine and beer are also a part of the picture all being served from a repurposed airplane cart. Very clever. We loved the special mimosas.
Today it was just the two of us but the lovely dining room is set up for large parties. The dining room is a lovely mix of modern chic and rustic industrial. The crowd noise is minimal so conversation is doable.
We loved every plate we had. Wonderful mixes of tastes and textures came together nicely: savory and sweet; creamy and crispy; hot and cold. Truly a great way to eat and to spend a leisurely hour or so.
We will certainly return and we’ll bring lots of friends. I suggest you do the same.
Dim Sum and Then Some Sunday Brunch is held on Sundays between 10:00am and 2:00pm at The Carriage House located behind Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails.
Feature photo thanks to Circle of Food