Dim T, Victoria, London
I had been to Dim T, once before, and it’s an alright pan-Asian fusion chain. Nothing spectacular, but nothing disappointing. I spied an excellent start of week offer on the Dim T website and promptly headed to the Victoria store for my lunch visit. It would be a special occasion, my final meal before starting a new job.
Not as dim
It was quite quiet at Dim T Victoria. So much so that you could practically hear the breaths of the staff as they linger over you making sure you’re happy. A predicament, of sorts. The food is okay. The lemon chicken I ordered wasn’t what I was expecting but it wasn’t offensive either. I’ve heard a few people remark Dim T is a cheap and cheerful option. But I don’t really see it this way; there’s countless places in Chinatown that do it a few pounds cheaper.
Time for tea
There is a market for Dim T. It’s a lovely venue and it’s a place you don’t feel like exiting in a hurry. The ridiculously large teas are good for this. I wasn’t expecting such a giant pot. It’s purpose was to tickle my palate, not waterboard myself. The brew is light and delicate. It matches well with the dim sum that I had to start with. That’s a westernised version by a mile, but nice enough.
In all complete honestly I was hoping for a more classic takeaway lemon chicken. The type that’s all fried and crappy but served with a lemon sauce that gives it some illusion of a culinary delight. The Dim T version is modern and refined, that can’t be disputed. I just couldn’t care for the sprinkle of raw carrots and onions. It doesn’t do anything for me. It helps me get my ‘greens’ in, of course.
Dim, the staff were not. They’re very attentive (especially in this kind of a crowd) and you are looked after very well during your time here. So a mixed bag: I like Dim T enough but not so much for the food reasons. A good option.