If local diners have a complaint about dim sum, it seems to be that there isn't enough of it.
Tyler Ma said he found that out last summer when he added dim sum to the menu at his restaurant, Ty Ginger Asian Bistro, 5689 Woerner Temple Road in Dublin.
Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared in small bite-sized portions and served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum means "touch the heart" in Cantonese.
"When we started, people were lining up; people were saying, 'We want to try your dim sum,' " he said.
A year later, the restaurant is serving 600 guests who come exclusively for the dim-sum brunch, offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The weekday menu is scaled back, although some form of dim sum is available during all restaurant hours.
Ma said there is more room for dim sum, a style believed to be hundreds -- some say thousands -- of years old.
"I think it's up and coming," he said. "I think Columbus right now is booming. We have a more diverse population."
In typical Hong Kong fashion, the dim sum is pushed around the dining room on carts, with customers choosing their favorites on the spot, Ma said.
Chef Ken Tseng has adjusted the menu, recently adding dumplings stuffed with pea tips, mushrooms with Chinese XO sauce or crabmeat, plus a seaweed shrimp roll.
Nearly 40 items are available on weekends, including har gow (shrimp dumplings), siu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings), pork spare ribs and chicken feet steamed with black-bean sauce.
"They are the staples of the dim sum," Tseng said.
Dim-sum prices range from $4.15 to $4.95.
Ma said all dim-sum options are made from scratch, not bought frozen and then warmed.
He said with all of the attention the dim sum has received, it does not overshadow the rest of the menu, which includes traditional and Chinese-American, Japanese and Thai fare.
"All of our food is good," he said.
Using shrimp and pork as the base for most choices, the bistro offers deep-fried, fried, pan-fried, steamed and baked dishes, with vegetarian alternatives and sweet options, such as the custard bun.
Many dishes are served hot, but some are served chilled, such as the goji berry gelatin, a recent invention. It is formed into a square and contains the leaves of shiny, edible flowers.
Ty Ginger Asian Bistro was founded six years ago in the Emerald Town Center.
The bistro has a spacious, modern dining room, with a full bar, seating 130.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-889-8885.
Other central Ohio restaurants serving dim sum include Sunflower Chinese Restaurant & Lounge, 7370 Sawmill Road in Columbus, and Fortune Chinese Restaurant, 3635 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus.
Just Love Coffee Cafe soon will provide a breakfast, lunch and dinner option -- with java -- at 330 S. High St. in downtown Columbus.
Based in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the small chain will offer a full line of coffee drinks using beans culled from Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.
Its menu will feature items that are mostly cooked on a waffle iron -- everything from omelets to sandwiches.
The chain has nine stores, with 25 in the works, mostly in the Southeast and Midwest.
Kabob Shack, a new Afghan restaurant, has opened at 4568 Cemetery Road in Hilliard.
Traditional dishes, such as lentil stew, mantu (dumplings), bolani (mini turnovers stuffed with potatoes), braised lamb shank and kebabs, are available.
Most entrees cost $9 to $17, and appetizers start at $5.
Sakeena Bary and Sheereda Hassan own the restaurant.
After nearly nine years in business, Angry Baker in Columbus has closed.
"We want to thank our many regulars, friends and those who patronized us over the past nine years," a post on its Instagram account said.
The vegan and vegetarian restaurant closed its University District shop last year. The location at 891 Oak St. in Olde Towne East closed the weekend of July 27.
Two other locations, at 1962 N. Mallway Drive in Upper Arlington and 1247 N. High St. in Columbus, were rebranded as Happy Little Treats in early July.