Whenever The Boy is in charge of picking dinner, he wants Chinese food. Although Upper Darby offers a variety of restaurants to satisfy the urge, finding a place for eating out is somewhat a challenge. The HMart is great for lunch and picking up something for at home but I think the proximity to my day gig makes it less appealing. Cue the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s at 3939 Chestnut Street in University City.
The restaurant is close enough to home so no one has low blood sugar waiting for a meal, yet far enough away so I can dine incognito.
This expansive and stylish Old Shanghai inspired restaurant, bar and lounge features 6,000 square foot of space and will seat over 225 people in five unique dining spaces. Three talented chefs will show off their expertise in the kitchen with a menu that focuses on two authentic styles of Chinese dim sum (Shanghai and Cantonese), plus fried rice, noodles, chef specialties and familiar Chinese favorites. At the bar, look for a full line of spirits, 19 beers, 10 signature cocktails, and wine by the glass and bottle. The restaurant is located on the second floor, with the entrance found between 39th and 40th streets on Chestnut.
Dim Sum House is owned by a family familiar to the region’s culinary scene. President Jane Guo also owns Jane G’s two-bell reviewed restaurant at 1930 Chestnut St. Partner/General Manager Jackson Fu has been involved with Jane G’s and his families restaurants for decades. His wife owns Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown.
“Dim Sum House will focus on Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum every day, all day (even late night),” said Fu. “We aim to impress guests with our menu, size and design. We want to provide an A+ experience without the stuffiness of a super high-end restaurant. We also want to surprise guests with fair prices. Our focus will be to push for sharing, affordability, and of course, quality.”
Opening services include lunch, dinner, late night and bar service. Opening hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:30am to 2:00am, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00am to 2:00am. Full kitchen service stops 10:00pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. A starter late night menu is available from 10:00pm to 2:00am nightly, with a full late night menu to launch later in winter. Delivery service and catering will also launch starting in February. Dim Sum House is fully handicap accessible.
Patrons can take advantage of meter parking on the street, or utilize a private lot in the University City District area. Down the road, look for parking discounts and partnerships. Dim Sum House is located near several major SEPTA lines. The restaurant is within striking distance of 30th Street Station, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, International House and many other major institutions in University City.
Reservations are available on OpenTable or by calling (215) 921-5377. Connect on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with user name @DimSumPhilly. The website will launch in February at www.dimsum.house.