Trey Yuen Chinese Restaurant quietly closes after 27 years in Orlando, FL

by Julius Mayo Jr | January 9th, 2013 -

One of my favorite restaurants in Orlando has closed. After 27 years of serving the Orlando market and many tourists from around the world, Trey Yuen has quietly closed it’s doors. The owners decided it was time for their retirement, leaving behind many good memories with customers, family, and friends.

 
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When I found out this past Sunday that Trey Yuen had closed, I was in shock. I felt like a part of me was lost. Trey Yuen was my “go to” restaurant for Chinese cuisine and dim sum, and it was the place I always recommended out-of-towners to eat at. I’ve had many meals here and probably started dining here around the late 1990’s. It was the place to bring everyone together, especially when we had large groups of friends from out of town or event weekends. Sunday dim sum with the family, lunch meetings, groups of friends for dinner, birthday parties, and even a wedding reception. The Chinese wedding reception for my friends featured probably 10 courses, a meal I will never forget. I have many great food memories here and looking back I can say that this restaurant helped me develope my culinary palate, tasting many different flavors and textures in so many dishes.

I never got a chance to feature Trey Yuen in a blog post, but I always added photos on Foodspotting, and even hosted a Foodspotting Dim Sum Eatup in August of 2011. So in honor of their closing, I’m sharing a few photos of some of my favorite dishes…

 
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The plethora of dim sum and a couple of Chinese dishes, this was a normal lunch/brunch for our group.

 
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More dim sum. One of my favorites, Fried Taro Puff, is in the center of the photo.

 
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Steamed pork buns, Steamed ribs in black bean sauce, and Stuffed Egg Plant were common on every visit, with the occasional order of Chicken Feet for those who wanted to share.

 
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The Roast Duck, made in-house everyday, was one of the best dishes. Crispy skin, tender meat, and the savory sauce was a treat every time we ordered this dish.

 
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Egg custard was the one thing I had to order each time I went to Trey Yuen for dim sum. The challenge was they were offered only on the weekends and usually sold out early. I have to admit, I would call ahead sometimes to save a plate or two.

 
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Trey Yuen will be truly missed and I’m glad I got to enjoy the food and share the experience with so many friends and family over the years. The only thing I can do now is reminisce of the great dishes I’ve eaten and be happy that the Trey Yuen family and staff was able to give Orlando a taste of their culture and Chinese cuisine. Where will I go now for quality Chinese food and dim sum?

Trey Yuen
6800 Visitors Circle
Orlando, FL 32819

 
Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
Content and photos © Droolius.com 2013

 

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  • Brian

    This is a total bummer. This was one of my favorite Dim Sum joints in Orlando. I guess I’ll have to hit up Golden Lotus and Ming Court when I’m that side of town for dim sum now.

  • http://forkful.net/ Marilyn @ Forkful.net

    This a gigantic loss for the International Drive area as well as Orlando; Trey Yuen has been an amazing dim sum staple restaurant for so long! I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance visit Trey Yuen again before they said their final good-bye.

    Thank you for this tribute. <3

  • http://rcsprouljr.com/ RC Sproul Jr.

    Dropped by last Sunday and was crushed to find it closed. Been eating there since 1991. For 14 years I lived out of state and every visit to Orlando included Trey Yuen for dim sum. Since I cam back to town in 2010 I went about once a month. Dim sum is my favorite food, Trey Yuen my favorite source.

  • Vivienne

    This has been really sad, my late grandparents loved this restaurant – we’ve had so many birthday parties and traditional chinese family events on the balcony level seating. As a child, I grew up looking within their fully stocked aquarium and over-the-top chinese decor. With our family, we were continuing the tradition. I planned to bring my future children here too. So many good food and family memories were shared here. I am deeply saddened by this loss for Orlando.

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    This made me sad to read, Julius! We celebrated Mother’s Day and many birthdays there!

  • http://twitter.com/layniemichelle Laynie Michelle

    Omg, wow. I had no idea until I saw this on your site! I told my dad and he was in shock too.

  • Ja-Mich

    Very sad its gone. Had some amazing dim sum there. Does anyone know what is replacing it? On tge bright side, we do have an alternate “go to” place for Dim Sum. You should try Lams Garden, on Colonial they have started serving dim sum, with the carts and all the good, authentic stuff…chicken feet and all. Tell them their Jamaican-Chinese customer recommended them! :) Food there is awesome, as Trey Yuen’s was. Yum.

  • Chris L

    I went with the family to Disney in the summer of 2012 and researched where to get great chinese food. Trey Yuen kept popping up and they had a great menu. The food was so good we went back twice for both dinner and dim sum. This was going to be my go to place when I retired down to Florida so was very happy. MUCH TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT I went back to check on them in December 2012 and saw they were closed. Shocked and extremely disappointed.

  • barry

    sad to see it go what happen to SILVIA SHE WAS THE BEST WAITRESS .I qUESS ILL HAVE TO MAKE MY OWN NOW AN I CAN BUT THE POINT WAS TO ENJOY SOMEONE ELSES,OH WELL THERE IS NO DIM SUM PLACE LEFT IN ORLANDO. THIS WAS THE BEST IN THE STATES