Tuesday, June 23, 2009

City Hall Maxim's Palace @ City Hall, Central Hong Kong

One can survive for probably years if you strictly listen to recommendations on what to eat in Hong Kong.

Needless to say City Hall Maxim's Palace was only one of the many on the long list.

The instructions were clear, be there early or forget it.

So we did just that, waking up and getting ready by 10am (the usual time for dim sum). There were no signs of heavy human traffic which was a blessing in disguise after days of hectic life. The only people to be found were all the maids spending their day out. One can only be surprised how many maids they are in Hong Kong, they are littered everywhere!

Maids aside, back to dim sum.

Indeed our definition of early was not early enough for the local standards. Twenty odd numbers to wait before our turn to enter. Oh dear me, is this like the favourite past time for Hongkies? To queue and queue?

After what seemed like ages, the magical number was called out and we rushed in to be greeted with trolleys, just like the good old days.

Efficient i must say, as they travel at a neck breaking speed, serving table after table. Thankfully, we weren't seated to starve.

Their version of Braised Eggplan doesn't look appetising, all dark, murky and looking like mash. Put a piece in your mouth and you shall be converted. Oh so flavourful.

Their Goon Tong Gau ("shark fin dumpling soup") was also flawless, full of ingredients and a well boiled soup.

Their polo char siew bun was freshly baked with a crust on top and a melt in your mouth filling.

Wu Kok ("yam puff") was not overly soggy with oil like some that i have seen.

Probably my only taste of egg tart in the whole trip (surprise, surprise). There is just so much to eat in Hong Kong which is awfully terrible because imagining coming back and saying er i didn't get to eat ______ (any of the hundreds of hong kong delights around).

Prawn cheong fun that was well the standard affair.

Squid tentacles which is rarer to get in Malaysia. Pity it was not fried with salt and pepper.

A vegetable dumpling which is my girlfriend's favourite since dont know when.

Ending with siu mai, we didn't even have har gau! Or either that the picture went missing somewhere.

The second ending with a tau foo fah. Smooth and Silky.

Short and sweet.

Address and contact details:

2/F Lower Block, City Hall,
5-7 Edinburgh Place
Central, Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 2521 1303

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The usual Hong Kong dim sum with the additional entertainment of seeing the trolleys back in action. Did i mention the view of the harbour? Although with the long queue and the expensive prices (came up to around HKD 180) per person, i don't think i will be back unless someone queues for me.


Timothy Low said...

Nothing beats having the real stuff directly in Hong Kong eh? How was the service?

Life for Beginners said...

Man, I can't wait for my HK trip now! Dim sum galore here I come! :D

J2Kfm said...

yeah, this was HAWT! Qs non stop, cannot tahan lah.
maybe next trip, if there ever is a chance!

genuiness said...

I've actually visited maxim's place but can't say that it impressed me much. I think Langham place has more impressive dim sum albeit at premium prices.

Another tip: go there for afternoon tea - you will get food at discounted prices too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

genuiness: yeah i heard abt afternoon tea prices at another place.. i cant understand the hype either

j2kfm: haha sure got la..airasia boleh..

lob: hahah dim sum for breakfast, lunch, tea and maybe dinner?

tim: typical hk..rushed and efficient..

CUMI & CIKI said...

waaaa.. so happening ar? queue like hell didnt make u lose ur appetite eh?

the siew mai looks like it's about to burst with stuffings!

and the TTF looks smooth as silk!

thule a.k.a leo said...

somehow I just don't like queueing... but in HK, it seems a norm for everyone if they want to eat good food...

Nic (KHKL) said...

yeah, maxim is like hk's verson of foh san liddat...really packed. there's one at the airport too, i think. much less crowded..hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: airport? too huge..not sure i spotted it..

leo: me neither..

c&c: the prob was..the nxt place to eat was a distance away..wat to do..feet pain that time (from too much walking)..

jason said...

The queue is unbelievable O_o

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: haha nothing is unbelievable when it comes to hk..