Luk Yu Tea House

Price guide: Mid-range

24-26 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price guide: Mid-range

Luk Yu
#28 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Foodies, History, People watching

Expert review of Luk Yu Tea House

A classic slice of old Hong Kong, with a touch of skulduggery too.

Founded in 1933, the Luk Yu takes its name from a Tang Dynasty poet who wrote The Classic of Tea. Drop by to immerse yourself in this very traditional joint - a covert scan of the other customers is part of the fun. The triad assassin who carried out the hit on tycoon Harry Lam Hon-lit here in 2002 - riddling him with bullets over breakfast - is still at large.

Food and drink: 

It's more a restaurant than a tea house, though there is a large selection of tea. Dim sum is the best choice, though Cantonese fare is served throughout the day.

Ambience: 

You could shoot a movie set in pre-war Hong Kong here without having to make many adjustments to the set.

Service: 

Service is tolerant, if slightly supercilious. Rumour has it that the staff have all grown rich on racing tips from horse-owning regular clients, and only come here as it gives them something to do during the day.

Location: 

It's a little down the hill from Lan Kwai Fong, although poles apart culturally. The MTR is a short walk away.

Price advice: 

A couple of hundred dollars should see two people through dim sum. A longer meal will naturally cost more. Don't hesitate to hold back on the tip if you feel service has not been good - and count your change.

Other useful branches: 

Thankfully, nobody has thought to try and franchise Luk Yu.

More information on Luk Yu Tea House:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tearoom
Food:
Chinese
Address:
24-26 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone:
2523 1970
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 7am-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
traditional

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