Who said that chains can’t deliver? Dim T Victoria offers quality dishes at low prices.
Dim T is a beautiful setting for a meal and has clearly been well thought out. A colour scheme dominated by dark woods is broken up with flashes of red light, large lamps and pretty dome-shaped overhead light fittings. Foliage, ubiquitous Buddha statues and plenty of simple wooden tables set the scene for a laid back evening. The piece de resistance has to be the large outdoor area with additional seating looking out onto a quiet, pleasant road. Definitely one for al fresco summer dining.
The staff here are friendly and service is pleasant with smiles and happy greetings when you arrive. When the restaurant is busy it may be difficult to get their attention when it comes to paying the bill but that’s more to do with the layout of the space rather than any negligence on the part of the waiters. The clientele are a mix of after workers, groups of friends, families and couples, dressed smartly or casually. There’s also a post-theatre contingent that arrives late after the nearby theatre showing Wicked closes so expect another mini dinnertime rush after 10pm.
A basket of crisp, non-greasy prawn crackers or hot, fresh edamame beans start you off nicely, both priced just over £3. If you’re a fan of dim sum, the selection here features traditional offerings with each basket of three priced at £3.50 (slightly more for the buns). The staff get into the theatre of the dishes, bringing you a trolley beforehand to show you what to expect before you order – a nice touch. You can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options.
The main courses are also very good with a choice of noodles, specials, salads and soup dishes. The Singapore fried noodles (£8.45) are delicious with tender chunks of chicken, generously portioned, with egg adding a depth of flavour and substance to the dish and fine noodles that don’t tend towards sloppy. There’s a pleasant heat to the dish that balances the flavours well. The Thai green curry (£8.25) with a side of rice is excellent, again with a generous helping of tender, well cooked chicken. The initial sweetness of the coconut and creaminess disappears at the back of the throat with a strong heat that balances each mouthful. Delicious. Desserts fare well with a creamy, rich white chocolate cheesecake or frozen berries balanced by a hot white chocolate sauce.
Asahi and other bottled beers, a handful of red, white and rose wines and even a few cocktails make up the drink menu. The lychee and lemon cocktail is a pleasant dinner accompaniment with a sweetness that isn’t overpowering and a pleasant citrus hit. Where Dim T particularly excels is their selection of tea, an ideal after-dinner drink to settle the stomach. Highly recommended is the white tea option Organic Peony for a mild drink or the stronger, more perfumed Organic Gunpowder green tea.
The Last Word
Dim T is a great example of a chain getting it right and delivering consistently good quality dishes at very reasonable prices. A definite must visit if the economic downturn has dented your wallet.