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The Dining Room, Causeway Bay

There’s really not a shortage of restaurant in Hysan Place. It has taken me a while to try this restaurant, Dragon and I were shopping one Friday night and we decided to give this place a go, ‘The Mother’ joined us afterwards as he too wanted to try this restaurant. Thankfully we were there early and was seated immediately, the queues at this place is ridiculously long! It’s good but not sure if I would wait 30 40 mins to be seated – but then again that’s me, I just don’t like to queue.

The menu is very similar to Din Tai Fung I thought, Shanghainese food – xiao long bao, pan fried dumplings and noodles – and that is exactly what we ordered. We started with a very refreshing drink – for the life of me I can’t remember what it’s called, apple soda with apple vinegar jelly. The most unsettling thing is the ice cube that flashes when in glass!

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We had to order 2 servings of the xiao long bao. Dragon absolutely loved them! Not so much the pork but the skin, she ate 4 of them on her own. The skin I thought was a little thick, I still prefer Din Tai Fung’s which is much thinner.

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The noodles Dragon loved, she pretty much ate half of it. It was cooked just the way she liked it and with it was the fried chicken fillet. Unfortunately the chicken fillet was a little dry and tough.

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The pan fried dumplings we all loved! The outside of the bun was crispy and inside was bursting with juice. Definitely one of my favourites

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We didn’t have any dessert at The Dining Room, I have been craving the Uji Matcha Smoothie from via tokyo and believe me it did not disappoint! Perfect for a hot day, the slushy matcha was just perfect, not too sweet and not too creamy. It certainly went down nicely.

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Service and food at The Dining Room was pretty decent, I quite like the layout and the communal dining table. Food was very similar to Din Tai Fung but ‘The Mother’ and I agreed that we both still prefer Din Tai Fung.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

The Dining Room

Shop 1201, 12/F, Hysan Place,

500 Hennessy Road,

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2648 2299

Wang Jia Sha, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

The one thing I love about Taikoo Shing is that there are a lot of restaurants nearby, the bad thing are that most of the restaurants are chains and not all of them are that fantastic! So even though there are a lot of restaurants to choose from, we still tend to go to Tin Hau, Tai Hang, or even Causeway Bay to eat. It was pouring one weekend, and thought we would stay in the area and try one of the restaurants in City Plaza. One of them being Wang Jia Sha, a Shanghainese restaurant.

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The restaurant was quite big and there are four branches across Hong Kong. ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the xiao long bao, it was a decent size, bigger than the ones you get at Din Tai Fung or Crystal Jade. I thought the skin was a bit thick. It’s all about the skin isn’t it? The inside wasn’t too bad but I still prefer the ones at Din Tai Fung, Paradise Dynasty or Crystal Jade.

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The sweet and sour pork glistened. It was surprisingly better than I had anticipated. Crunchy and the pork were quite tender.

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‘The Mother’ also wanted the pan-fried dumplings, explosives and can burn your mouth if you are not careful. I, unfortunately, burnt my mouth with all the soup inside but it was worth it. This was definitely much better than the xiao long bao.

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The smoked duck was a generous serving. I thought the duck meat was too salty, and the duck was a little dry. Had it been tender and less salty, I think it would be a very dish! One of our favourites if it’s done correctly.

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Service was polite and friendly. Most of the waitresses kept Dragon entertained which was nice. She did enjoy the pan-fried dumplings, only the bun not the inside unfortunately – more for us I guess.

Food was ok, I think I prefer Crystal Jade or Din Tai Fung.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Wang Jia Sia

Shop No.101, 1/F, Cityplaza II

18 Taikoo Shing Road

Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2560 3668

Shanghai Lu Yang Cun Restaurant, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I love Shanghainese food, especially xiao long bao’s – I can never get sick of it and can probably eat two dozen on my own in one sitting.

‘The Mother’ and I were catching up with one of our dear friends in Hong Kong and she suggested this place, Shanghai Lu Yang Cun Restaurant which can be found on the 11th floor of the World Trade Centre in Hong Kong in Causeway Bay.

The place was relatively tiny, compare to other Chinese restaurants we’ve been too so reservations is highly recommended. The menu was vast, we left all the ordering to M, but we did want a serve of xiao long bao.

We started with shallots pancakes and they were deliciously thin and crispy. The pastry was flaky and the shallots were subtle so it didn’t leave you with that after taste.

The pork and vegetables dumplings soup were seriously tasty. Plump, juicy dumplings, I wanted more than just three dumplings – I was eyeing ‘The Mother’s’ bowl to see if he had any left, but alas, he ate it all. The soup was light and refreshing and complemented the dumplings well.

The highlight of the evening would have to be the braised pork belly – OH MY GOODNESS! I have not seen or taste anything so divine. I would say this would have to be the BEST braised pork belly I have eaten this year – a big call I know but seriously, these babies were melt in your mouth tender that it just literary fell apart. I think we were all fighting for every single last piece!

Xiao long bao were also good but I found the skin a little too thick, unlike those at din tai fung. I do prefer the ones in din tai fung though.

Last but not least, tofu skins with prawns and vegetables. I have never had this dish, the tofu were delicate and soft, and the prawns and vegetables a wonderful complement – will definitely order this again next time I see it on the menu!

For dessert, ‘donuts’ with red bean and banana – perfectly round fried ‘donuts’ which was light and fluffy and inside filled with red bean and banana. I didn’t think the combo would work but it surprisingly did and was tasty.

M ordered really well, the braised pork belly was simply divine, and I loved both the tofu skins and the pork dumplings. Definitely worth coming back again next time I am in Hong Kong and need a Shanghainese fix.

Service was good, from memory the total bill came to HKD580 which is less than AUD70. Excellent food shared amongst wonderful friends – what more can you ask for?

‘The Mother’ and I are definitely looking forward to moving to Hong Kong and catching up with everyone again!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Shanghai Lu Yang Cun Restaurant

11/F, World Trade Center

280 Gloucester Road

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2881 6669