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Apr 11, 2011 05:41 PM

Lei Garden in Hong Kong

Any good for dim sum? I haven't seen it mentioned on any of the recent threads on best dim sum in HK. Are there better places to go? We're already going to Tim Ho Wan. Thanks!

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  1. Lei Garden Wan Chai is one of the best!! Better one is Fook Lam Moon and Yan Toh Heen. Heard good things about the new restaurant inside the new Ritz Carlton too!

    15 Replies
    1. re: Charles Yu

      Went to Lei Garden in Wan Chai on Saturday. It was good but to me it was top of the mid-tier and not in the stellar category like Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz Carlton that said the price reflected this.

      1. re: PhilD

        Agreed, though Lei Garden (especially for dinner) is excellent if you are a VIP customer since the restaurant will actually note "VIP" on your tab in the computer system and let the kitchen know they need to do a good job with your food.

        In fact, this is how it works at most places in Hong Kong and your experience will be vastly different depending on whether you are an ordinary or VIP customer.

        1. re: hong_kong_foodie

          VIP vs ordinary? Disgusting practice. I'd have thought Hong Kong people will do away with elitism after shaking off the shackles of colonialism. Sadly this is not the case. Money rules in this little patch of capitalism, I guess.

          1. re: M_Gomez

            For dim sum luncheon, I think Lei Garden has the best "Siu Yok" (roast pork belly) and the best "daily slow-cooked soup". Don't miss these two dishes there.

            @Gomez: Nothing to do with colonialism. It is just quite common business sense anywhere to take better care of regular guests and those that order $$$ items with higher margin. This is why many airlines and hotels have frequent fliers/guests programs.

            1. re: FourSeasons

              I still don't think serving inferior quality roast goose, or dishes which are not as well cooked, to ordinary diners as opposed to VIP guests is correct, especially if both parties are to pay the same price. Don't you agree?

            2. re: M_Gomez

              Wow, I didn't know they do this VIP deal. I have only eaten there two times in nine years traveling to HK, so I don't think I am anywhere near a VIP. I do remember the food while looks so great, not something I would tell my friends to go there if they only have one meal in HK and they want great food. The trouble with HK is, there are just too many places to eat, and you only have but one stomach.

              1. re: M_Gomez

                M-Gomez - totally agree and as a result I tend to enjoy restaurants that reserve "VIP" status for those they discern to appreciate good food and enjoy the restaurant rather than the wealthy or the regulars. That said I get treating regulars well, but how do they know someone will order high $$$ before they arrive?

                1. re: PhilD

                  with regards to discussing VIP treatment on Chowhound I feel the opposite way. If it is a practice clearly stated as monetary exchange for "higher" service/food then it'd be a valid discussion since it could help determine whether it was worth paying extra $$$ at the restaurant.

                  However true or widespread it may be, the "long time customer" or even good ol' boys network is just simply not relevant imho. I daresay if Hu Jintao were to dine at Lei garden he'd also be given a special menu but how does that help CH'ers?

                  1. re: harryrodgers

                    Harry - agree on differential pricing and lots places do it i.e. proper restaurant versus bistro vs bar (maybe less so in HK but if it is below the line (so to say) I don't agree. Re: regulars, isn'y that simply a rewad for loyalty and possible the fact they know the place better so can extract the best. For instance how often do you sit down to find the dish you want is a pre-order special? Regulars know this and thus pre-order.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      I agree with you. The knowledge that regulars have is certainly relevant and useful information here on CH. Their input is much appreciated!
                      However, special treatment that is ONLY afforded to regulars (ie "ordinary" folks or occasional customers could not hope to get the same service) is less relevant imo.

                      1. re: harryrodgers

                        This knowledge won't help you get better food but it will help you understand why your meal might be far less satisfying than someone else's and highlight how potentially good a place could be if you become VIP or go with someone who is VIP.

                        1. re: hong_kong_foodie

                          Clearly this is a topic that we'll have to agree to disagree on. I personally feel it contradicts CH posting etiquette (and spirit) and I'm having a hard time understanding its relevance but who am I to dictate the direction of discussion? I guess I'll just take it for what it is :)

                          1. re: harryrodgers

                            I fully agree with you harryrodgers. I saw your pre-edited post and also think that we've already had enough foodblogs and websites which promote elitist dining. We need to keep the spirit of Chowhound true to its roots, ie we are a bunch of fervent foodlovers who're not "special" in that we don't need to have fat wallets or membership cards to expensive clubs. We are your ordinary woman (or man) in the street who appreciates good food and want to share it with other like-minded persons.

              2. re: hong_kong_foodie

                The siu yuk is pretty much a must-order imho. I've found Lei Garden to be a solid contender as a decent "mid-tier" restaurant.

                1. re: harryrodgers

                  We weren't VIPs, but the roast pork there was exceptional. As for the dim sum, I don't think it warranted the high price, but maybe it's one of those things that a VIP status would have helped.