Food and drink
From ethereally fluffy pork buns to dainty egg custard tarts, the dim sum will doubtless delight – unless you’ve sampled it in Hong Kong or Guangzhou, of course. That said, I’ve eaten at Lei Garden in Hong Kong too (at a branch that once garnered a Michelin star) and I’m happy to report there’s no great gulf in quality, especially when it comes to excellent mains like the braised spareribs, lobster clay pot noodle or stir-fried oysters with XO sauce.
Buzzy and bustling, especially for lunch when it fills up with local families gorging on dim sum. Evenings are a little more refined, though still packed on weekends.
At busy times you’d better abandon any English pretensions of 'not causing a fuss' if you want your server’s attention. Generally slick and attentive.
Close to Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) on glitzy Jinbao Street. Practically next door if you’re staying in the Regent or Park Plaza.
Much pricier than most other Chinese restaurants in town, though lunching on dim sum will be cheaper than going for dinner. Book ahead.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Special occasions