Bigger is better in O.C., and even by the standards of the huge open-air shopping mall that surrounds it, this dim sum palace is quite simply massive. Decked out with tablecloths, traditional artwork and a plethora of chandeliers, it’s a cart-free favorite for luxurious daily lunches—perhaps with a bottle or two from the high-end wine cellar.
Choosing the best items from the equally oversized menu can be tough. Plump, glistening dumplings in varieties like shrimp and chive or crispy seaweed are a must, and may be accompanied by the “golden scallion pie,” a sesame-studded bun stuffed with scallions and pork. If you’re still not sure what the fuss is about with congee, J. Zhou’s, packed with tender shrimp and flaky fish, will make you a convert.- MICHELIN guide inspectors