Eating & Drinking

Hung Sum to close its doors on Nov. 30

Dim Sum lovers were disappointed to hear the news that popular restaurant Hung Sum plans to close its doors on Nov. 30.

The Somerset Street restaurant announced the news via its Facebook page on Sunday evening.

“We are truly sad for this announcement but we would like to let everyone know that Monday November 30th, 2015 will be our last day,” read the statement. “Doors are officially closed at 3 p.m. on that day. We want to give a big thank you to everyone who was involved and supported us throughout the last five years.”

Hung Sum Restaurant on Somerset Street was known for its excellent dim sum. Photo by Kelsey Kromodimoeljo, OTTAWA magazine.
Hung Sum Restaurant on Somerset Street was known for its excellent dim sum. Photo by Kelsey Kromodimoeljo, OTTAWA magazine.

Readers were quick to react to the post and share their disappointment.

“Devastated. We were so looking forward to coming back when we were in Ottawa next. Best dim sum I’ve ever had,” wrote one.

“This is a terrible loss for our city — you served the best dim sum in town, always hot, fresh and delicious, with friendly service. Hung Sum will definitely be missed,” said another.

“They worked so hard!” said OTTAWA magazine restaurant critic Anne DesBrisay of the owners. “Nobody deserves a break more than this family. They will be very missed as will their dim sum treats! (I) will now be in a desperate hunt to find their equal.”

The restaurant, a tiny establishment known for its dim sum and modest décor, was packed at lunch time on Monday. The restaurant’s staff confirmed the news to OTTAWA magazine, explaining that the lease was up at the end of the month and the decision was made to take a break. They added that no plans have been made for reopening at a later date in a new location, but added that the future has been left open.

DesBrisay had previously given the restaurant rave reviews, praising it for the quality and freshness of the menu.

“Hung Sum is a small, plain room that bears the bumps and bruises of a hard-working space,” she wrote. “But we aren’t here for the ambience, we’re here for dim sum, and nobody does it better.  At least not in this town.”