A few posts ago I was just talking about how Dimsum Diner was one of my favorite fast food joints.
The reason for this is that the food they serve doesn’t really have that fast food kind of quality most chains have. It is actually more of a restaurant than a fast food place, especially the ambience. But unlike restaurants, Dimsum Diner serves their customers impressively quickly. So whenever I want to eat restaurant food but only have an hour to spare, I go to Dimsum Diner and order a combination of any of my affordable favorites: chicken/pork steamed rice, beef/asado/kingdao rice, beef/asado/shin noodles, mango pandan/sago, black samba, buchi, oh and more yummy treats. (Mmm, my tummy’s rumbling at the thought of all this delectable delights!)
Gim and I were driving by Nuñez Extension this afternoon, and we passed by Dimsum Diner. To our shock, it was closed! But why?!! Dimsum is supposed to be open 24/7.
Upon closer inspection, we noticed that the area around the restaurant looked kinda shabby, as if it had been closed for some time already and nobody was bothering to clean up the dust that was building up on its walls and shutters. All the lights were closed and you could barely make out the large signboard in the dimming sunlight. Also, on the front door was a sign that said: “For Rent”.
I could only speculate why they had decided to shut down. Perhaps they were getting too much competition from the other restaurants or fast food chains. Remember, Dimsum is surrounded by Greenwich, Jollibee, KFC and the newly opened Pizzito, not to mention the many family restaurants in the area (Alejandras, Carlito’s Grille, etc). Perhaps, due to it being summer, their customers had dwindled down and they weren’t making any profits anymore. (KFC and Pizzito seem to be suffering the same fate, but Greenwich and Jollibee seem to be faring well.) Who knows?
It’s really unfortunate, because most people I know like Dimsum Diner. And usually, whenever I go there, the place is packed with people. For sure, this joint will be sorely missed. Especially come the new schoolyear. We can only hope they realize they’ve made a mistake and reopen after summer.
But if they don’t, hasta la vista Dimsum Diner! Donnel and Carmi and Gim and I will miss you!! ;-)