Hong Kong's best... Dim sum
City Chiuchow Restaurant
Though known for its Chiu Chow specialities, by day the dining room is packed out with dim sum goers enjoying their tea and newspapers. Lingering is expected here, so get in early to grab a spot. East Ocean Centre, 98 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2723 6226. $200.
Renowned for its Chinese ‘tit bits’ and colonial decor, Dim Sum is for those who romanticise about days gone by, and want to experiment with luxury yum cha items such as shark’s fin har gow and abalone siu mai. Known as a tourist haven, menus are available in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean (with pictures). G/F, 63 Sing Woo Rd, Happy Valley, 2834 8893. $450.
Luk Yu Tea House
Often so busy with regulars tourists have a hard time getting a table; this is perhaps the most sought after teahouse in town. However, its authenticity and atmosphere make it well worth the effort. While it’s a bit pricier than your average dim sum house, you’re really paying for the atmosphere. 24-26 Stanley St, Central, 2523 5464. $250.
Noisy and buzzing, this hugely popular restaurant with harbour views offers dim sum from trolleys daily between 11am and 3pm (9am-3pm Sundays and holidays). It’s also listed in every guide book, so you get lots of tourists – good thing the menu comes in several languages. Low Block, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, 2526 9931. $250.
This Michelin starred restaurant goes full on dim sum menu on weekends. Be sure to make a reservation as their tables, not to mention their famous shrimp and asparagus spring rolls, are snatched up quickly. 1/F Exchange Square II, Central, 2525 1163. $300.
Serenade Chinese Restaurant
The comprehensive menu includes ‘figurine’ dim sum, (it comes in the shape of animals and fruits) and desserts served from trolleys. A top choice for cheap dim sum, it’s more relaxed than most of its contemporaries, with the added bonus of harbour views. 1/F Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2722 0932. $200.
Super Star Seafood Restaurant
The Super Star chain really knows how to do dim sum. On any given weekend, at any of their outlets, you’ll see a packed house. This is mostly because of their central locations around town, not to mention their fantastic rice rolls. Citywide, but the one we like is 83-97 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366 0878. $300.
Tsui Hang Village Restaurant
You can usually find a table no problem in this Canton restaurant, tucked away in a Central office tower. That’s why although it’s packed out for business lunch; it’s quiet on the weekends for dim sum. Classic pork buns, har gow and egg tarts are just some of the excellent fare on offer. 1/F, 16-18 Queen's Rd, Central, 2524 2012. $300.