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Hong Kong: 飯堂 Fan Tang- any preview

FourSeasons Dec 13, 2009 05:47 AM

A friend recently returned from Hong Kong raving about this small restaurant called 飯堂 Fan Tang in Causeway Bay. Has any hound tried this place and kind enough to provide a preview of this restaurant?

  1. skylineR33 Jan 16, 2010 03:03 PM

    I just had dim sum at Fan Tang yesterday, the dim sum is fantastic ! Classic selection (they have only 20 items in the whole list), no twist, straight forward but very high quality and very refined. I am happy with all the items I ordered there. The environment is a bit weird for dim sum though, so quiet ! Surprisely the service is excellent and very attentive, the server is very helpful too, maybe they have improved ?!

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    1. re: skylineR33
      Charles Yu Jan 17, 2010 12:34 PM

      Having a good time, skylineR33? What a dedicated chowhounder you are! Still posting actively whilst on holiday!!
      In your opinion, is Fan Tang worth a mini luncheon chowmeet for Fourseasons, Klyeoh and myself or there's something new and better like Celebrity Cuisine? We have time for only one Dim Sum gathering!
      Looking forward to your feedback on 'The Chairman'!! Have fun!!!!! And take photos!!

      1. re: Charles Yu
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        mikey8811 Jan 17, 2010 11:10 PM

        I walked past this place on the way to a dessert place on Haven St. I steered clear because of the comments here as I didn't feel up to being snubbed...

        1. re: mikey8811
          skylineR33 Jan 18, 2010 08:12 AM

          That's what I thought too, but the service and food I got there is top notch in my visit. The service there has definitely improved a lot, so I don't think you will be snubbed if you visit it.

          Charles, Celebrity Cuisine's dim sum is only so-so, I guess the dinner there is better. I definitely recommend Fan Tang's food, but I don't think it is a good place to have conversation as the small dining room is dead quiet during lunch time.

        2. re: Charles Yu
          Peech Jan 18, 2010 02:19 PM

          Charles, we can always do dim sum at FLM or even Sun Tung Lok.

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        mikey8811 Dec 13, 2009 10:48 PM

        Do you have the details for it? Am heading over next week and will try it plus Manor based on your rec.

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        1. re: mikey8811
          FourSeasons Dec 14, 2009 12:51 AM

          Hope you read Chinese; the address is : 銅鑼灣禮頓道93-95號地面及1樓

          I will be in Hong Kong next week too!!!

          1. re: FourSeasons
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            mikey8811 Dec 14, 2009 12:54 AM

            Nah mate - don't read Chinese but will google it with the Chinese characters - hopefully its on Openrice.

            Which places are you planning to hit up?

            1. re: mikey8811
              FourSeasons Dec 14, 2009 01:08 AM

              Fan Tang is in openrice but not much response: one positive and one negative: http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr...

              Well, on agenda on this trip includes mostly old favorites like Da Ping Huo, Yung Kee, Pak Loh, Lei Garden Wanchai, Fu Sing. The only new places I may venture include Fan Tang or Tak Lung.

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                mikey8811 Dec 16, 2009 12:16 AM

                Had Tak Lung on my list as well - it seems like a more grass roots type establishment, although I don't know where San Po Kong is...

                Time Out HK's Best Chinese FWIW

                http://www.timeout.com.hk/restaurants...

            2. re: FourSeasons
              skylineR33 Dec 16, 2009 06:28 AM

              Hi FS, I walk pass Fan Tang on my last visit to HK, it looks quite fancy from outside which like a private restaurant for VIP. It grabs my attention but when I look it up on Openice, there is not much about it .......

              1. re: skylineR33
                Peech Dec 17, 2009 07:45 AM

                No interest in going...after the snobby manager practically shooed me away when I walked in w/o a reservation and asked to see the menu. The attitude she showed me tells me she doesn't need my business. And she shall not get any!

                http://chi-he-wan-le.blogspot.com/200...

                1. re: Peech
                  Charles Yu Dec 17, 2009 05:52 PM

                  For them to be so arrogant, they must believe that the global financial slow-down never hits that part of their world?!
                  Anyways, if they are full, I guess their food must be good too?! SkylineR33 and Fourseasons, may be you two can brave the lousy service and give it a try?! Ha!

                  1. re: Charles Yu
                    klyeoh Dec 17, 2009 06:14 PM

                    Remember Wong Kei in London Chinatown? Rudest waiters in the world - yet, people flock there to be abused. They've upgraded their premises when I passed by a couple of months back.

                    1. re: klyeoh
                      Charles Yu Dec 17, 2009 08:01 PM

                      Once again, my friend, you brought back some pretty fond memories! I used to walk all the way from Russell Square with friends ( after our late night bridge games ) to grab a bowl of beef brisket noodles! The roast duck and char siu from nearby Lee How Fook were pretty good too! ( by London's standard a few decades ago! ). Ah! Those were the days!

                      1. re: Charles Yu
                        klyeoh Dec 17, 2009 10:43 PM

                        Good old Lee Ho Fook was still there when I passed by last year. But when I was in London this Oct, it was CLOSED! I think its premises was taken over by a new branch of Queensway's Four Seasons Roast Duck. Hey, we should be discussing this on the UK/Ireland Board.

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                        mikey8811 Dec 18, 2009 12:46 AM

                        Yes, I remember Wong Kei well - very cheap during my student days. I once asked for the menu and the waiter retorted "What's there to see? It's all the same anyway" before doing the dish throwing routine.

                        I was there in August and went past and saw that it was renovated too...

                        There used to be this chain called Poon's or Poon Kei. What's happened to that?

                        1. re: mikey8811
                          klyeoh Dec 19, 2009 03:47 PM

                          You meant Poon's at Woburn Place, short walk from Russell Square? Still there, still as bad from what I read on the Web ;-D

                          Oh yes, I passed Wong Kei in Oct, couldn't believe my eyes - modern decor, tablecloth on tables - it looked so posh, it's a travesty. I want the gritty, tacky Wong Kei of our childhood back!

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                            mikey8811 Dec 20, 2009 12:58 AM

                            There were a few Poon's including a posher version in Queensway. They specialised in lap mei (waxed meats). Is that the same one?

                    2. re: Peech
                      skylineR33 Dec 24, 2009 08:09 AM

                      Heard that the lady in charge there has been working at Victoria City for 20 years and the management team is from there. The kitchen team is from Fook Lam Moon. They only have 12 items for their dim sum menu and it is changed every 2 weeks to ensure high quality .... it is kind of like a private kitchen for the "super rich" of HK. Looks like a interesting place but after 20 years in the industry, the lady captain only learned to keep the business of the VIP ?!

                      1. re: skylineR33
                        Peech Dec 24, 2009 05:05 PM

                        She's trying to make it into the "Chinese Da Domenico"... Maybe her experience from the last 20 years tell her that only VIPs who spend tons of money matter...

                        1. re: Peech
                          Charles Yu Dec 24, 2009 06:20 PM

                          'Chinese DD'!! Great one Peech!!

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