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“Delicious Delicious Delicious”

Tim Ho Wan (Central)
Ranked #108 of 9,285 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Not so easy t find as others say but it is one level above the Airport Express check-in area below IFC. This is not pretentious - it's a cafe in many ways but be prepared for it to be busy and to queue.
But it is an experience - worth every penny on not expensive prices. Plus great dim sum - easy to understand why they have 1 Michelin star.
Absolutely delicious.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

The place is a little hard to find as the address is often given as basement of IFC Mall when in fact it is in the basement of the Hong Kong MTR station. It was our first stop off the plane. We arrived after 2pm on a Sunday thinking that we would not have to wait so long. We were very wrong. There were almost 100 people sitting around on the floor of the corridor in front of the little shop waiting for their queue numbers to be called.
They do have an English menu so do ask for it. Being a Chinese Singaporean who can't properly read the old Chinese script, I made the mistake of approaching the lady giving out the queue numbers in Cantonese and was given a Cantonese order sheet which I had a hard time figuring out. That was until I realised the Caucasian faces around me were holding a different coloured order sheet.
We waited almost 1 and a half hours for our table.
You submit the order sheet once your number is called and the food arrives quite quickly, in batches at the same time as everyone else with the same orders.
We enjoyed all their dishes that were highly recommended on most websites: CharSiew polo bao with crumbly top and succulent barbecued pork filling, Sticky rice in lotus leaf, Steamed rice roll with pork liver, Hargow with a whole succulent prawn in it.
They were good but I'm not sure I would wait that long again as we found very good dim sums in other restaurants with shorter waiting times.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Because its the " cheapest Michelin" every tourist wants to stop here. We wanted to go to the original one, but read a Feb article which said it had shut down, so headed to the one at IFC mall. The queue was lengthy, which we were prepared for. Beware- don't leave and wander off if she says its gonna be 40 mins- sometimes they call your number in between, and if ur not there they cancel you off as a no show! Also, they only announce your number in Cantonese, and there's no display system, so either brush up on ur Cantonese or shove up right next to where she keeps her board. The food after the 1.5 hour wait was ok. The pork bun barbecue pastry was good. The pork and shrimp dumpling was excellent, the rest- prawn dumpling, beef roll was very average. Coming from singapore I've had better versions of these at our food court. Maybe this was not the best outlet- this one did not earn a Michelin star. But in a city famous for local dim sum haunts, this was good but not the 1.5 hour wait. You'll be fine elsewhere.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Super crowded and busy eatery, no wonder really due to the hype of it hvg a Michelin star chef tagged to it. Most of the dim sum items were ok (glutinous rice, char siew pao). I loved the siew mai as it seemed to contain many ingredients, but don't order the prawn rice rolls, the texture was weird and it wasn't tasty at all. Ditto for the only veg on the menu - lettuce.

I can imagine the queues once the Spore branch opens....

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Thank Hedgiebunny
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This outlet in the basement of International Finance Centre (IFC), Central is a small sized branch of the Michelin starred HQ outlet (now located at Olympian City 2). We have never tried the HQ before but we know our dim sum and this branch is definitely not shabby.

The place opens at about 9am and it is a good idea to be there at opening time, especially on weekends. We went on a weekday at about 9.30 and did not have to wait for a table (being a group of 2 helps too).

Place is cramped (like everywhere else in HK :D) and you might have to share seats with others. Service is very quick though, about 5-10mins waiting time once your order sheet is collected by the staff.

Food is good... all of them. We did not manage to try everything but BBQ pork bun and the 3 standard dumplings (har kow, siew mai and siew long bao) all should be tried. Serving size per item is just enough for 2 people and for about 8 items, we paid about HKD160/USD20 for two, including ancillary items like tea and napkins. Definitely not the cheapest dim sum in HK but for the younger brother of a Michelin starred outlet, it is also definitely reasonable.

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