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“Average food, good view, sneaky prices”

Serenade Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #266 of 8,564 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Price range: $15 - $20
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Los Angeles
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Average food, good view, sneaky prices”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

The food is average. They have a decent selection of dim sum dishes and is worth checking out if you're in the area and hungry. Be sure you're specifically in the mood for dim sum though because if you're not you might find more options at the large mall down the street.

Here are some random helpful points about the restaurant:

1. Be aware they will add these costs to your meal without telling you: (a) starter plate of nuts and tofu. It doesn't really taste good and they bring it out the second you sit down thereby charging you immediately for it without telling you. I'm not sure if this is a common thing in HK but I'm not used to this in the US; (b) you will get charged for tea whether you drink it or not so you might as well pick one you will drink; (c) it ends up almost being a double charge for tea because they charge you for tea AND again for hot water that comes with it. Again something I've never seen in the US or other countries.

2. Try to get a seat as close to the window overlooking the harbor. This will enhance the experience.

3. The wait staff isn't too friendly. Depending on who you get they might be mildly friendly but most likely won't go out of their way to be nice. Out of the 3 or 4 wait staff we dealt with, only 1 was friendly. The rest kind of acted like they don't want you there (but that's sort of a common thing in local HK restaurants that we found).

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank MaximusLA
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Decent fare and good view”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

The most attractive part of the restaurant is that virtually all tables get a good view of the victoria harbour. The environment is also non-threatening if this is a first time for you having dim sum - at least the managers speak not only cantonese but also mandarin and english. It is also unlike the typical dimsum restaurants where you probably have to share tables with others during peak hours, giving you more privacy (sharing tables is commonplace in many restaurants and cafes and an nice opportunity to rub shoulders with locals :) ). There was quite an international crowd when i visited - clearly its a favorite of tourists.

The fare is decent and reasonably priced for food with a slightly different spin on usual dimsum dishes one finds in a regular restaurant with a more local clientele. Depends what kind of experience youre looking for - but overall very good for the ambience, service and decent fare.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank zpphie
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Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“a decent dimsum place”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

I brought my in-laws on an HK tour and asked that we do a nice dim sum lunch. The tour operator fixed us up at Serenade on the second floor of the film arts center on Star Ave beside the harbour. We had a decent view of the harbour since we were given the corner table.

Food was standard Maxim fare, which meant "decent" but not outstanding - siomai, spring rolls, dumplings, crab claws, sio pao. They do charge for the house tea though. Everything is efficient though the waitresses seem too few for the crowd so getting their attention was difficult. And as you'd expect, the waitresses seem to be under orders to be curt and to never smile at customers.

But the price was quite reasonable by HK standards.

Visited November 2013
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Thank JGR001
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Exellent Restaurant”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The restaurant is beautiful with great views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.

Everything we ordered was delicious. Yes, it is a busy restaurant that is understaffed, but the staff are very pleasant and efficient. The food is worth the wait.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank BeachNut
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Singapore
1 review
“Nice food & scenery”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

While look out for a nice restaurant with good scenery. I came to know this restaurant at Hongkong, along Star Avenue. The food are pretty good looking and the taste is awesome. The foods that i ate, thumb up. Quality is there and moreover is not that expensive too. Give a hit to try. I am sure u will like it.

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Thank BabyJPL
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