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A week in HK ~ Please critique my dining plans [1st draft]

DistendedBelly | Dec 5, 201109:51 PM

It's been a while, but we're heading back to HK this Chinese New Year. I've gleaned some helpful pointers from this forum, but am also including some old favourites in the mix.

We are mainly looking for fabulous (can be either traditional or innovative) dimsum, one non Chinese dinner (Amber seems to fit the bill), and restaurants that are worth the plane ticket (mixture of $-$$$$).

-- Having traveled Italy extensively, I'm not all that interested in any Italian (eg 8 1/2)
-- Have done Yung Kee many times in the past, so am omitting for this itinerary
-- Used to also visit Sun Tung Lok frequently, but saw they dropped a star, so also omitting this time

So far it looks like

* Lung King Heen
* Tin Lung Heen (the room alone looks amazing)
* Cuisine Cuisine at the Mira - is the ayce dimsum in a different league than the dinner? (unless it's a beautiful Asian hotel buffet, we're not normally ayce ppl, but this sounds like fun.. and very cheap @ $198pp) - Would you recommend dinner vs lunch @ Cuisine Cuisine?
* Tim Ho Wan (no reservations?) - Mong Kok - Crispy buns, 正!!!
* Mak's Noodles - (which one though?)
* Australia Dairy (salivating at the thought of cold butter bor lor bao and milk tea)
* Yan Toh Heen @ the Intercon? (Not decided.. perused on openrice, and it looks good)

* DTF - TST branch
* Amber
* Arirang (love Korean bbq)
* Tasty .. IFC, Hung Hom, or Kln Bay? Reservations accepted?

At a standstill at the moment.. still have a few days and a few dinners to fill in.

Some questions Im hoping someone could please help:

* Looking for a good hotel dinner buffet. Can anyone recommend a good one? Used to enjoy the Sheraton, New World Hotel (yes, it's been that long, even the name has changed), Kimberly Hotel, Spice Market etc

* Is Ming Court (Langham) better for lunch or dinner?

* Tim's Kitchen for dinner - I couldn't find on Openrice (maybe I wasn't looking hard enough)..has anyone been recently, and is the clientele mainly locals or tourists?

* Lei Garden for dinner - which one is the most highly recommended location?

* I like what I've read about Yan Toh Heen and Cuisine Cuisine - any other similar recommendations?

* Any recs for tong sui, bakeries (for classics such as bor lor bau, gai may bau, daahn taht), desserts, hole in the walls, etc?

Much thanks in advance for any help/hints/pointers!

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