Luk Yu Tea House

Address: 24-26 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
Telephone: 2523 1970

- Mid-range

4

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
4.1
90%
Service
3
90%
Food and drink
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
4.1
90%

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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • People watching
  • History

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