Yum Cha

Yum Cha

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yumchachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3129468885x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am

    Dinner: Sunday: 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Rodelio Aglibot, Eddie Chi Ping, Henry Wong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Info@yumchachicago.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upper Columbus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Village Market parking garage or valet parking off Randolph Street.
A word from Yum Cha
A Cantonese term for “drink tea,” Yum Cha also has a cultural meaning to “go eat dim sum,” and that’s exactly what guests will do. By restauranteurs, Paul Lee and Aeron Lancero, diners can expect to see an array of homemade dim sum dishes representative of the past, present and future of Chinese fare. Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot envisions a menu that highlights traditional Chinese dishes such as Peking Duck, Hong Kong Style Sweet and Sour Pork and House Steamed Tofu, alongside modern dishes that showcase a playful take on the cuisine.

The restaurant will be situated in the Village East complex, between Randolph Street and Benton Place, offering stunning views of the neighborhood and Chicago’s architectural gems. The 150-seat restaurant will feature a full service bar, seasonal patio dining and valet parking.
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Yum Cha reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)great for lunch (51)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (49)scenic view (22)great for brunch (22)special occasion (19)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (16)romantic (15)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Good service
    desipanchhi
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The waitress was very helpful in giving us vegetarian recommendations. The service was quick and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Bland food at relatively high cost
    alm1chicago
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    There was nothing that either my friend or I particularly liked. When we were having things boxed up, neither of us were particularly enthusiastic. I hated to waste and nothing was inedible, but they need a new chef. Service was also so-so. Some things were prompt and others took a long time. Dessert took a very long time, and we were more than ready to leave by then. It was a disappointing celebration of my friend's birthday. It was reasonably quiet (on Thursday), which did allow us to talk. The restaurant did have an interesting view among the skyscrapers and was conveniently located near the Harris theater. I doubt I will be back.
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    scenic view
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  • Dim sum exceptional
    ArchangelVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great variety of dim sum (also regular Chinese dishes for the non-dim sum fans) - bit pricey (two of us cost $60 but we had a pretty good variety of items for lunch including the more expensive oxtail pot stickers and the oxtail and bone marrow bao - both fantastic BTW) - heading about, now my daughter can't wait to go there 😊
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum Delilghts
    Weenie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Yum Cha offers Asian fare in an upscale setting. Dim Sum is available all day, unlike many Chicago Chinatown restaurants. Creative Asian entrees are also available at moderate prices. Service is brisk and friendly, with wait staff knowledgeable about the knowledgeble
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At last, dimsum downtown
    bethuVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Chicago finally has accessible & very good dim sum downtown & in a very nice setting. Loved the selections. But stick to the dim sum. The noodle dishes are unspectacular & (surprisingly) on the greasy side.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    window
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Some of the ladies at our table had very limited experience with Chinese food. C.C. Ferguson, our waiter, did a wonderful job helping us with choices and with portions. He continued to interact with our group well after we ordered. His attentions plus the food created a delightful experience for all of us.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dim-sum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great dim-sum. Not traditional Chinese dim-sum as no carts but a great menu and fair prices. Peking duck was delicious and well served.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Good food...
    Travelgirl27
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first Dim Sum and I liked it...I thought it was a bit pricey though, but I guess you could expect that given the neighborhood that it is in. The service was good, we could barely hear our server, not because of the noise, but because he was such a low talker. We ordered variouos small plates, LOVED the octupus the pork dumplings with the soup inside. My son got chicken broccoli, he said it was good. I would go back here for the octupus and to try some other dishes. I think you just have to watch with the small plates and not get carried away, which I don't think that we did. We still had an $85 bill plus tip...a bit steep for lunch with no alcohol in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • northshorefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything from the service, quality, presentation and taste of the food, to the decor is wonderful and top notch! If you love dim sum and Asian food, Yum Cha is the best in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum just like Hong Kong
    ProvoVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We ordered six items, each one better than the last. Sticky rice in lotus paper, shrimp dumplings, soup dumplings, pot stickers, pork buns all really great. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum
    momoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was tasty, disappointed they were out of tea soaked sea bass (at 7 pm). Otherwise we like to dim sum choices, especially the dumplings.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food in this restaurant is very good, we especially enjoyed eating the Peking Duck dish. We've had it twice now and both times the meat was lean (not fatty) but still juicy and tasty. The dim sum dishes are also quite good. Good atmosphere and service, my only complaint is that the chairs are too low...not at a comfortable height.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Best brussels sprouts!
    Scuby
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bar b q Brussels sprouts are terrific, as are kale dumplings. Friendly, accommodating. Good for vegetarians.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs significant improveme
    RTYU
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Terrible service. Waiter had no idea what he was doing and forgot about our petitions several times
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  • Our 6th time, &won't be returning
    ChicagoBigEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our 6th time eating there and we won't be returning. The selection of dim sum is about 1/3 of it's original menu. They also forgot to send out a dish we ordered.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Great food, Poor Service
    corecoreVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was delicious, but the waitress was not very attentive. The air conditioning wasn't working that night, so it was extremely hot and we complained, but the waitress just said they know and are working on it. Overall, really unique and delicious dishes and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum And Then Some
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Recommended. Had several dim sum and was very pleased. Will be back soon to check out the rest of the menu! Excellent in all respects.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Unique neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Yum Cha is a great Neareast neighborhood restaurant. The dim sum menu is my favorite, with many different good choices. Some tables have a wonderful view of the park. Staff are friendly a and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • MameVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were surprised at the wonderful food here. Not because we don't like Asian fare, not to hot on Dim Sum. We were delighted to find that there were many choices in addition to Dim Sum. We ordered the crab ragoon, honey/walnut shrimp and fried rice. All of it was delicious! We will make this our regular place for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Dim Sum
    Wilt
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The dim sum is delicious and one doesn't have to go to Chinatown for it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • The Loop's Dim Sum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had heard great reviews about the chef and his fusion of tradition foods with Americanized Chinese food. The dim sum was exactly what I expected and more on the tradition side. I was a little sad they didn't offer card service but the food was ready promptly. The servers were helpful and regularly stopped by the table. The ambience was a little strange; Daft Punk playing overhead with Asian feeling decor. But overall, it was an easy returant to get to and the food was pretty good. No complaints. However if you are looking for an authentic dim sum experience you will need to look elsewhere.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • FeedbackVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love the convenience of having this beautiful Chinese restaurant with such a varied menu in my neighborhood. The food is yummy, but a little greecy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Cha a game of waiting!
    Alwayslooking4gooddining
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My daughter and I showed up on time. Took ten minutes to get our table. Restaurant half filled. Twenty minutes later still no wait staff just water. Call the manager who comes over, takes a drink & appetizer order, which is brought to table by bus boys, another 25 minutes still no wait staff has come over. Really 45 minutes without a waiter or waitress!! My neighbors had warned me about the bad service, but that was incredible. Oh yeah, no apology or discount, NOTHING! If you want to wait for food, come here!
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  • Great addition to Lake Shore East
    camachoric
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I enjoyed the ala cart delivered Dim Sum which allowed us to see what was available and ask questions and get it right there to start eating. The Filipino pancit with chicken was very good. Overall the food was very good as well as the service. The server helped us to pick the Dim Sum dishes and the jasmine tea. The styling of the restaurant is neat and modern.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Finally--Elegant Dim Sum
    pamela
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Yum Cha is situated on Upper Randolph, it is small and cosmopolitan. Other than those two items it was a very pleasant experience. Service was excellent, food was superior to most Dim Sum and it seemed elegant. I was disappointed that there were no carts, which made it seem less like Dim Sum, also Valet parking is NOT available on Monday nights and the only parking is Millennium Garage.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Great dim sum
    Jankijul
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've been waiting for dim sum in the Loop. So glad for Yum Cha. Power Hour is the best bargain around.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there
    OldFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We know the neighborhood; a little hard to find otherwise. (Off e. Randolph a little.) Had dinner; the whole dim sum menu was also available. We had several dim sum items which were excellent. We tried the hot and sour soup which was just OK; somewhat different taste. Both that and our entree were not served totally hot. White rice came late, a little small serving. Over all a good meal. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Strike Two
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a bad experience our first time, but the food was good enough to try again. No better. 5 of about 25 tables were filled when we arrived, but we got the, "Oh, that's reserved," runaround when we asked for a window table. Finally, the hostess relented, but did the same thing to another party 20 minutes later. Clearly, she was saving them for more important diners than the ones who showed up. (One window table was still empty when we got our check.) Once seated, we were told our server would not arrive for 5 more minutes, tho we found another server to take our order. Soup came after the entree, we had to ask for napkins, dipping sauces, water...yikes. The food is good, and priced accordingly, but the experience is very substandard.
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  • Dim Sum Diamond
    LallybrochLass
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were very excited when we heard that a dim sum restaurant would be opening close to our offices. ChinaTown is too far to manage on a regular work day. We decided to try the restaurant about a week after it first opened, for a birthday lunch. We were very pleased with the restaurant, the waitstaff, and especially, the food. It was wonderfully delicious - each item having it's own flavor but not overpowering or fighting the taste we had from the previous selection. The tea selection was also exciting and a nice counterpoint to the flavors of the dim sum. We just went back a few days ago, and the food is still wonderful, the restaurant is beautiful and tasteful. A great place. Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Treasure
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    There are not enough superlatives to describe our meals and service (thanks, Matt) at Yum Cha. This was the first visit since they moved into the neighborhood. We will return again and again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the Peking Duck for Dim Sum
    AmberVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our server was excellent, incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. However, the food was hit-or-miss. The Szechuan green beans weren't flash fried like I expected, but simply sauteed and didn't have a particularly bold or spicy flavor. The Peking duck ($48 for two courses) left much to be desire. I've had crispier skin, juicier and more flavorful meat elsewhere in Chinatown. We should have ordered more dim sum! The best thing we tried was the wok braised Szechuan octopus. Pickled cabbage was a great starter too. I'd come back if I were in the area but try different menu items, sticking to the dim sum side of the menu.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Too oily
    Kavita
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I was happy to have a dimsum place open up in the East Loop but was greatly disappointed . There are maybe 2 steamed dishes on the many everything else is sautéed in oil and lots of it, at that. In this day and age When everybody is so health conscious, I don't see this place being open for long if they don't work on their menu and get it healthier .
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  • Great Food, Not so Great Service
    Talisa
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was my third time at Yum Cha. I am so excited to have a dim sum restaurant in this area! The dim sum is fantastic, and there are even basic Chinese food entrees for those who don't like dim sum. I was very disappointed by the service, however. We were waiting for a while, and had to wave down a random employee to place our order. Our waiter hardly stopped by. As our food began to arrive, there were two or three occassions where extra food was placed on our table and we had to inform them that wasn't our order. Toward the end of the meal, I had to flag down two different people to request more water and the check. We got the check but not the water. I hope to see an improvement in service in the future.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Overall
    taxproVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The atmosphere is pleasing, and the service excellent. The food was tasty, and nicely presented. However, the prices are high for this type of food. It is in the neighborhood, which is a great advantage.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a bit more time
    Shopgirl312VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The atmosphere and location is great. The shrimp potsticker appe was great and I was glad they had gluten free soy sauce. We had the kung pao chicken and the gluten free fried rice with shrimp and pork. Both main dishes were fine but not great. Our server was nice but not yet polished. There was a table next to us with food left on long after their occupants had left. Not sure why since restaurant wasn't busy at all (we were there at 5:30). Restaurant has promise and I would go again before a show at Harris Theater. But hopefully they will step up their game in both taste of food and service .
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Really good.
    ChiDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Didn't get to try the dim sum, but I will next trip!
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    great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Excellent dim sum, great service and nice views. Will definitely go back!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Keep the carts for Sunday brunch! They are a welcome addition to ordering off the menu and make the experience more dim sum authentic.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Jojo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time at Yum Cha and it won't be the last. Delicious food. I recommend the pork belly and the Malay style fried rice. The shrimp dumplings were great too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New gem in the hood
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Our service was top notch. The food was excellent. We were four and shared everything. The duck was succulent and well worth ordering. The buns that are served with the duck are light and very good for you! They have specialty cocktails that one of us tried and found it yummy. Keep up the good food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.