Historical version 8 of New World, W1D 5PA
They even do a smaller selection of dim sum in the evenings now, though without the trollies (about 14 dishes, including pork and prawns in beancurd skin, grilled pork dumplings, rice and pork steamed in lotus leaf, har gao, and prawn or vegetable cheung fun). Kake thinks the portions may also be smaller in the evening —. Most of the things we ordered only had two pieces, and I'm sure I remember the lunchtime portions having three or four pieces per order. This would make sense, since they probably get smaller groups in the evening.
On a June 2008 visit, Ewan found that there was nothing vegetarian available from the dim sum trollies except vegetarian spring roll (or at least, if there was, the waitress wasn't forthcoming, though she suggested shark fin dumplings). We did see some cheung fun go past on a plate, but that looked to be a special order. The dim sum plates all had three pieces on them. In the end, I had vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables (£5.80) from the their noodle/rice menu, and that was fine.
Like many of the restaurants around here, it's very big — seats a few hundred when all the floors are open.
Comment added by Kake: Beef and ginger dumplings disappointing - no ginger flavour and indeed very little flavour at all. Soup dumplings arrived lukewarm and soupless (but this is a silly thing to order off a trolley). Cheung fun just about adequate, but the "sauce" tasted of cheap soy sauce and neither wrapper nor filling was anything special. Fried turnip paste was good, decent flavour and texture. Tea was neither good nor bad. Overall it was fine though, and the stripy jelly was amusing as always. 13/head with service.