Dim sum at Last!

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.carriage house
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.)

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You’ll find a cart that has at least a half dozen kinds of steamed dumplings; another has salads, both warm and cold.

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spicy eggpalnt salad

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.bosaamcarriagehouse
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.mimosacarriagehouse
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.DSCN2087
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.saladgreenpapayajanos
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

6 comments

  1. Joseph · April 4, 2016

    “Dim sum is new to Tucson….” Seriously?

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    • ritaconnelly · April 7, 2016

      it’s been here but only scattered. at one time years back there was a Chinese restaurant that served dim sum but it closed after the husband shot and killed his wife and then set the place on fire to cover the murder.

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  2. Erich · April 7, 2016

    Please do some fact checking it can be fun!

    Janos his self was making/offering Dim Sum at the original JANOS@ the museum
    and added a few recipes to his first cookbook.

    The Origins of Dim Sum is not Hong Kong. I have heard the experience is wonderful. Then so is Dim Sum in San Francisco, New York City, Madrid . . . And now thanks to JANOS’ & Co it may be called Dim Sum (I have yet to experience so this is totally subjective) but that is just the tip of the iceberg. I would venture a guess that what is coming out of the coach house like wild mustangs and stretches the essence of Dim Sum to the point where only a smooth fusion of cultures is what holds name to creation.

    Did you guess? I’ll bet Har Gow to Shao Mai that Dim Sum Was a favorite of the farming & rural peeps and popularized at the Forbidden City which begins in the 15th century when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912. It has been a museum since the 1920s.

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    • ritaconnelly · April 7, 2016

      there haven’t been any dim Sum places in Tucson in years and years.

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      • Joseph · April 11, 2016

        Do you even live here? If you do, what rock have you been living under? There have been dim sum locations all over Tucson for ages. Gee’s Garden has been steadily serving it for so long I can’t remember when they didn’t (and I’ve lived here for almost 29 years.) Golden Dragon’s been serving it for years as well. You even used to be able to get it at G & L Import Exchange. Such irresponsible reporting.

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      • ritaconnelly · April 11, 2016

        but they aren’t exclusively dim sum are they?

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