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“Wonderful tea and vegetarian dim sum”
Review of Lock Cha Tea Shop

Lock Cha Tea Shop
Ranked #17 of 224 Coffee & Tea in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central
Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful tea and vegetarian dim sum”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is one of the few places that specializes in vegetarian dim sum which are very good quality. The teas are also very good. If you order the regular tea (i.e. not the blooming teas), it is served in a modified gung-fu style table-side which is a real treat. Because of the location, the prices are a bit high but the ambiance is relaxing and elegant. A great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Macabebe
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Hong Kong
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Excellent Tea but ....”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We went with two expatriate friends for lunch. Deciding on a decent place for dim sum is never easy in Central or Admiralty, especially when one wants to entertain friends from afar. The setting, the location and even the comments given here prompted me to give it a try.

Yes, the decor is very impressive for foreign friends but a bit of an over-kill for locals. We didn't actually mind as we had not gone for the ambience.

The tea is good, especially when the hot water sits next to one's table and can be replenished at ease. Tea needs to be served at the right temperature, and drinking it in the traditional cup in the traditional way is a rare find in HK.

The dim sum dishes are limited in choice, and they are small. For the four of us, we had to double-order a few of them to get a bite each. Taste-wise, there are definitely better ones in town. Despite the fact that a lot of them are vegetarian, some of them came soaked in oil which was a big turn off for health-conscious customers. Some of them were even too salty to swallow.

To impress foreign friends who want to experience a bit of culture, there are more local ones. To have decent dim sum in nice surroundings, hotels are better bet. To have traditional dim sum dishes, this place is not even up to par. To have a healthy meal, the dishes here are both too salty and oily to my liking.

For tea, there are simply too many tea houses to choose from.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank DDD999
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chiang mai
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“a few refreshing cups.....”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

on our way to the famous cat st. market we stopped for a few cups of oolong, very friendly staff, nice selection of tea utensils and a great selection of var. teas, a must for the tea lover !

Visited July 2012
1 Thank foodpure
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
307 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Most foreign visitors don't know this place, so I will "out them" - it is wonderful”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

This is the type of place you only ever hear about from "expats" living in HKG. As I am "outing them", I better tell you how to get there. It is in HKG Park (above Pacific Place). Take MTR to Queensway exit (Admiralty), walk over pedestrian bridge to Pacific Place, thru mall, up escalators to Supreme Court Road. The park entrance is across the road. It is only a 2min walk to the Tea House. You MUST book..
The atmosphere is fabulous, a variety of tea served (ones I have never tried before), so interesting! The dim sum lunch was wonderful. I love the dumplings in red chili oil and fried wasabi grean pea cake. They do also dinner.
Again, this is a place where, in particular, western visitors can experience some of the real old 1950's HKG atmosphere, with a distinct Chinese flavour.

  • Visited June 2012
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3 Thank gro05
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Varese, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Perfect place for a tea break and a vegeterian dim sum and great athosphere”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

Lock Cha Tea shop has two locations - one in Admiralty and another one in Sheung Wan.

The first one is a tea room where you can enjoy a fantastic cup of tea (I had white tea rose) and vegeterian dim sum - the variety of teas, the athmosphere make this place perfect for a break, this is the place where you would like to go back every day, in fact we went back a few times.

The one in Sheung Wan does not have a tea room, therefore you can have tea tasting, this is a very good shop where you can buy all kind of white, black, green, yellow and red teas.

The very kind hostesses give you all the explanations and tips for making a perfect cup of tea, the prices are absolutely reasonable - I spent over an hour in the shop and bought many different kind of teas,

As a tip if you are visiting Man Mo temple - Lock Cha - Sheoung Wan is less than five minutes walking.

A stop at Lock Cha is a must.. enjoy it !!


  • Visited March 2012
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