Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Chinese Restaurant 凱悅軒, Hong Kong


When my family first started raving about The Chinese Restaurant, it was rather confusing. I mean, eating at a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong sounds pretty common. However, the place is actually called "The Chinese Restaurant." And according to my brother, they have the best roast pork/ char siu/ 叉燒. When I got to the restaurant, my family members all immediately said we were doing the all you can eat lunch special. Let me ask you this: have you ever had all you can eat dim sum? 

There are several possible reactions to signing up for all you can eat dim sum:
1. Unlimited har gows (shrimp dumplings)? Count me in.
2. I will be full after two greasy shu mais (pork and shrimp dumplings)
However, let me assure you that The Chinese Restaurant is a classy establishment in the Hyatt Regency with a Michelin Star and will provide you with as much as you want. The magic of this place is that you can go dine with 5 people and they will provide you with 5 individual pieces of each dim sum. Why is this magic? Because when you usually go for dim sum, aka yum cha, orders come in 4 pieces. Therefore, though you may be paying more than usual (198HKD/person), you will be able to try a lot more delicacies because you will be eating less duplicates, that is unless you purposely order duplicates for yourself. 

This is what an all you can eat dim sum experience with 8 people looks like: 


The amazing char siu and drunken chicken
Fried tofu skin rolls
Various fried and steamed meat filled dumplings

Leek and shrimp filled pan seared dumplings

Stuffed eggplant
Steamed tofu sheet rolls

Roast pork bun/ char siu bao

Sweet sesame soup

Custard buns 流沙饱

So will I go back again? Definitely. This was probably the all around strongest dim sum meal I have had in a very long time. Or even ever. It is very easy to go wrong when eating dim sum because even a slight off consistency in a dumpling wrap or texture of filling can decrease the quality of the meal. The Chinese Restaurant definitely holds true to their ratings and price value for dim sum. 

The Chinese Restaurant 凱悅軒  
Hyatt Regency
18 Hanoi Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

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