Having dim sum in Hong Kong was on the top of our to-do list. I was overwhelmed looking online for the "best" dimsum place recommendations. We decided to come to Lin Heung because of its location, as it allowed us to walk, explore, and enjoy the streets and neighborhood as we got there.
We got there around 10:30am and it was very busy. We went up the stairs and found a room filled with tables, mostly large round tables, encouraging communal seating. My husband and I seated ourselves at a table with three other people, locals, as we found out. After an amusingly rough start (my husband asked for a paper napkin and was told, go down the street to the Hilton) both the waiter and our tablemates warmed up to us and we enjoyed very pleasant conversations with them, eager to share about our respective countries and travel experiences.
The dimsum carts did not come around as often as we had hoped and we ended up learning that the best way to get our food was to mob the dim sum cart when it came out. The food was tasty, nothing fancy at all, but felt very special to us...dim sum eaten where it originated, made according to original recipes, by everyday people in their daily routine, relaxing, reading the paper, or catching up with family and friends.
As our tablemates left, their spaces at the table were cleaned up and more people showed up. A family of three vacationing from South Korea and a long-time patron who knows the family that has run the restaurant. She told us about how the neighborhood was gentrifying and in crowded Hong Kong that meant places like Lin Heung was not profitable and dying away. Sad but guess that is a struggle for restaurants no matter where in the world you are.
This truly was a meal and experience we will not soon forget. If you are not picky about delicious and well-priced food, accepting of brusque but efficient waiter service, give this restaurant a shot. Smile and be ready to share conversation with those around you
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