A trip to Hong Kong without Dim Sum is like going to Texas and not getting a steak, Japan and sushi, New York and a bagel/hot dog, and… well you get my point. We knew we needed to find and cover dim sum on our last Hong Kong trip, but which place would be best? After studying various options we settled on City Hall or Maxim’s Place on the 2nd floor of City Hall, Central.
We decided on this one because it’s not as trendy as the others…. we’ll do that next time. According to most sources this is the last of the traditional dim sum locations and very worthy of a top in city ranking.
I don’t know what we expected in terms of ambiance, but I think it’s fair to say that we weren’t expecting a hotel conference room type vibe… which is pretty much what this place feels like. But that’s OK, we were there for the food and not to look at a pretty room. The place is massive and was already packed. After about a 20 minute wait we took our seats.Check out the guy behind the cart eyeing the dim sum! :)
Besides the glowing recommendations from many articles, the main reason we chose this location was that they serve the dim sum on passing carts. I learned dim sum in Bangkok. Learning dim sum there is great, but unfortunately I learned things in Thai…not super helpful outside of Thailand. So when I read a menu with English descriptions of the offerings I’m lost. It’s so much easier to have carts roll by and all you have to do is point and eat.
I won’t try to match up the names and the pieces. They moved too quickly for us to appropriately name all the dishes we tried. I will say that all were good quality and well made. It’s amazing to me that they can pump out good quality dim sum to such large numbers of guests.
Some of the items that caught our attention on the menu included:
Deep Fried Dumpling w/ Shrimp
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling
BBQ Pork Bun (one of my all time favorites…and breakfast in Bangkok)
Baked BBQ Pork Puff
Steamed Sponge Cake
Rice Roulade w/ Shrimp
Fried Cuttlefish w/ Spicy Salt
Deep Fried Taro Puff
It was a nice meal at our own leisurely pace. It’s nice sitting and having tons of different “waiters” passing the table from time to time with various goods. Can eat, digest, get ready for more…with no pressure. The place is a bit packed out, but the noise wasn’t bad at all.
I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to try dim sum in Hong Kong, unless you’re wanting ultra modern/clean/new interpretation kind of stuff. Also this isn’t a cheap, road-side stand kind of place with plates averaging between 25-44 HKD per dish.
City Hall Maxim’s Place
Low Block, City Hall, Central, Hong Kong