Me and my wife spent a day exploring the Central District on 10th Dec 2012. We took the train from the MTR Tsuen Wan Station (Red Line) to the MTR Central Station and started our walk from Peddar Street, Queen’s Road Central, Li Yuan Street East and West, Pottinger Street, Stanley Street, D’agullar Street and Wellington Street.
Central District has a good mix of old and new buildings next to one and other and the people moving around Central is also very diverse – there are casual local folks from the old buildings, well dressed office workers from the new skyscrapers of the financial district and tourists from different countries browsing through the shops, restaurants, local eateries and the very colorful street market stalls at Li Yuan Street East and West.
We planned our walk to end at Wellington Street so that we can have our Dim Sum Lunch at the Lin Heung Tea House as many travel blogs have recommended that travelers visit the Lin Heung Tea House to taste their delicious dim sum and to experience the Tea House atmosphere of the past era.
When we step into Lin Heung Tea House, there was no customer service staff to show us to the table and no one in the restaurant seems to take notice of our arrival. After some observation, we noted that customers have to look for empty seats at any tables for themselves and only when you are seated then the waiter on duty would clear away the empty dishes on the table and set up the utensils for you i.e. a pot of tea, tea cup, a pair of chopsticks, a spoon and a piece of dim sum order form. Thereafter, customers are expected to DIY i.e. to order your dim sum from the push-cart, get your order form stamped and bring your dim sum back to your table and eat it. The process of ordering dim sum is very challenging and comical i.e. whenever the push-cart appears from the kitchen, a big mob would rush to the push-cart lady to place their dim sum order and within minutes, many would be walking away disappointed as the dim sums on the push-cart had all been taken up. This process would be repeated over and over again until everyone in the restaurant gets their share of the dim sum. At the end of your meal, you are expected to pass the dim sum order form to the cashier counter and make your payment before leaving the restaurant.
Personally, I find Lin Heung Tea House to be too overly casual. Dim sums are OK but nothing to shout about. Customer service is zero and not a good place to have meal if you are rushing for time or you have more than two persons with you as empty seats are hard to find.
We enjoyed our day at Central very much as Central is a very interesting place with many surprises waiting for the tourists to discover.
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