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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

City Hall Maxim’s Palace
3/F., Low Block, City Hall
1 Edinburgh Pl, Central, Hong Kong
2521 1303

Having read that there is always a queue at this award winning dim sum restaurant, I made it a point to reach here early. Even though it was not even noon, we had to wait for a table for about 15 minutes.

Dim sum ladies walk around with trolleys of food ready to be served so we just took any items we wanted. As we didn’t order from the menu, I don’t know the price of each item. Total bill rang up to be HKD$334.40 (SGD$60.80) for 8 dishes.

Of course, we had to take the Siew Mai which is the most common dish at any dim sum places. The skin is not sticky and the meat and prawn filling is very fresh.

I had my favourite Har Gao. The skin is very thin and more than 2 prawns are generously stuffed in each dumpling.

The Chive Dumplings also have very thin skin. Those who don’t like the strong taste of chives probably wouldn’t like this dish.

The waitress pushing the trolley recommended the Prawn Balls and Tofu. The prawn balls taste like those frozen octopus balls from the supermarket but I like the tofu—very soft yet firm.

Since my parents cannot do without their daily serving of rice, they had the Lotus Leaf Rice. It’s quite fragrant but not my cup of tea.

The Prawn Rolls with Chestnuts are good! The crunchy chestnuts provide a very nice texture. There are a lot of prawns stuffed in each roll too.

My mom said that the Salty Fried Dumplings are a popular dish in Cantonese dim sum restaurants. The fillings are actually minced meat and mushrooms. Even though they are deep fried, these are not oily at all.

For desserts, we tried the Mango Pudding which is one of their most famous items on the menu. It’s very nice! The pudding is so smooth and can just slide down the throat. They use fresh mango puree to make the pudding which makes it really fragrant and sweet in a non artificial way.

For many years, HK Magazine readers voted this place as the best dim sum restaurant in town and it’s also featured in the dining section of the tourist guide provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

I have to agree that this establishment does offer food of solid quality and the ambience is civilized but not snobbish. The food here is certainly pricey but the quality justifies the price tag.

P/S: Don’t confuse this with Maxim’s Restaurant on the 2nd floor!


12:17 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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