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HK: Unimpressed by Maxim's City Hall

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HK: Unimpressed by Maxim's City Hall

Simon | Nov 20, 2007 06:46 PM

On my first ever trip to Hong Kong last weekend, i wanted Saturday dimsum. So i chose Maxim's City Hall based on the NY Times' rec. Went there solo, and i waited one hour for a table (but it was Saturday prime time, so i was stoic about the wait).

But overall, i was really unimpressed. A couple items, especially the hargow and the chive dumplings were very good. But the rice w/ pork/sausage/etc in banana leaves ("tsonse"? sp? -- that might be the Mandarin word, sorry) was inedibly bad: dry and flavorless and awful.

But i was more shocked by the price. 211 HKD for dimsum for one person?? (i ordered maybe 5 items). The chive dumplings were memorable, but I've had better overall dimsum exepriences in NYC and LA and Vancouver for 1/3 the price.

Will seek out somewhere less touristy the next time i'm in HK. Any suggestions on a more local-oriented dimsum experience?

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