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1-min walk from Exit B1, Hong Kong MTR Station
All Branches (10)
Telephone
2295 0238
Introduction
Lei Garden offer Chinese cuisine, the chef's choice and seasonal dish.To meet changing time and expectations of customers, the Lei Garden Group has consistently pushed for innovation.It is to maintain standard and make improvements on the existing menu based on customer's feedbacks, and more importantly to demand each chef to create new dishes. Over the last 30 years, more than a thousand new dishes have been perfected that way. continue reading
Awards and Titles
Michelin 1 Starred Restaurant (2015)
Good For
Business Dining
Group Dining
Opening Hours
星期一至星期日:11:30-15:00,18:00-23:30
Payment Method
Visa Master AE Cash UnionPay JCB Diners
Other Info
May Bring Your Own Wine
Parking
Phone Reservation
10% Service Charge
Signature Dishes
Pan-fried Shark-Fin with Fresh Crab Meat Crispy Roasted Pork Grilled Lobster Steak Braised Abalone with Fresh Goose Liver Double-Boiled Sea-Whelk Soup
Featured Reviews (78)
Novice Gourmet 2016-06-07
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新搬咗屋,所以班friend都話要去慶祝下,睇完戲之後就覺得好肚餓喇,成班人又懶喔,就就近去咗利苑度食dinner喇,我地等咗一陣就有位坐喇,感謝主!首先系絕對唔會少嘅蝦餃喇,去邊都要食,大家岩岩好一人一隻,皮薄,餡料比較鹹,但系其他幾個都話味道岩岩好,可能系我問題吧。鴿肉就好好味,覺得絕對系上等,食起身嘅時候好嫩,新甜美味,果然系鴿,肉質好嫩,牛仔骨又一般般喇,價錢仲要高翻小小,入嘴之後都唔見左牛仔骨嘅原味,唔推薦。環境都好舒適嘅,不過食下食下發覺好多人,睇嚟下一次都要提前啲book位喇 continue reading
Rising Gourmet 2016-01-12
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今日又同FRD去了中環的利苑酒家,其實利苑都去過幾間嘅喇,今日決定試下呢間。海鮮龍蝦泡飯就不夠之前好吃,沒其他利苑的入味,感覺龍蝦也沒有別的店多,但是很是很新鮮的,就麻麻。蟲草花膠燉水鴨湯很正宗,很用心煲,火候非常足,裡面的材料也是可以看得到很豐富,這碗湯真的很好喝,不比自己家裡熬得老火靚湯差,而且這個湯很多,夠幾個人一起喝了。蝦腸都還是很好吃,皮薄都可以看到裡面的餡了,感覺更好吃一些,鮮蝦也是新鮮出爐的,調味料不是很夠味,可能我比較重口味。一開始的時候可能人多,我們都等了20度分鐘,侍應偶讀沒空閒理我們。 continue reading
Veteran Gourmet 2015-05-25
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When thinking about Michelin Starred restaurants, I have a picture in my mind of unique little and sometimes large restaurants with a mad chef toiling in the kitchen striving for perfection. Sure, there are some exceptions, such as the global phenomenon Joel Robuchon and his chain of L'Atelier Joel Robuchon restaurants. But those restaurants are spread across the globe, and until recently, I thought an exception.Lei Garden is a bit of a local success story in Hong Kong, starting from humble beginnings in 1973 with a lone outlet in Sham Shui Po to a restaurant empire with twenty four branches across Hong Kong, Macau, China and Singapore. Most impressively, in Hong Kong along, there are six outlets that have acquired coveted Michelin Stars. While that sounds impressive, the business hit its peak in 2012 when it held eight individual stars and even more impressively, a two star restaurant at Mong Kok.We'd walked past a number of the Lei Gardens in our time exploring Hong Kong, with many of them being located in some of the larger shopping complexes. It wasn't until one Sunday evening, wandering around ICF in Central that we'd decided to give the restaurant a try. There is a fun game I play at times, trying to get into Michelin Starred restaurants without a booking, something that would be impossible in Europe, but quite achievable in HK. As luck would have it, we managed to score a table.... With the proviso that we would be finished within an hour, so we didn't have too much time to waste.As we took our seats, I took my first decent look around a Lei Garden restaurant and was reasonably impressed with what I saw. Very clean lines and a modern take on a traditional Chinese restaurant, but instead of large open spaces with round tables, the dining room was sectioned off with loads of smaller personal spaces. It actually felt quite intimate. However, there was one small problem, with such private spaces, we initially found it difficult to get the attention of the wait staff to take our order.. We were on the clock and didn't have much time to spare.It didn't take us too long to decide on our Sunday evening meal, there were a number of items that jumped out of the menu that were 'must haves'. I was a little disappointed though. When finally catching the attention of our waiter and ordering, the one item that I most wanted was no longer available! I was a little crushed, mainly because it was the BBQ honey pork and looked incredible. Listed as one of the Lei Garden signature dishes, I was also a little perplexed...Anyway, disappointment aside, we placed our orders and were presented with our ubiquitous pot of Jasmine tea and some curious little bites to eat. We didn't realise it at the time, but the wrapped scallion and cucumber with a sweet bean sauce was actually for our first course of Peking Duck (one of the several signature dishes we ordered). Instead, we ate them like little amuse bouche and wondered at the oddity of the dish.It wasn't until the bamboo basket with beautifully thin pancakes were delivered, along with a viewing of the Peking Duck that we'd ordered that we had one of those 'Oh Yeah!' moments. Feeling a little embarrassed, our plate of thinly sliced duck breast with incredibly crispy skin was delivered and we set about making our first course of duck pancakes.... Unfortunately, missing one of the main ingredients, the scallion and cucumber. It was not the last lesson we would learn that evening! Onto the pancakes, the succulent and sweet-gamey duck was wonderful with the even sweeter bean sauce, the only thing missing was the scallions (oops).Up next was another of the signature dishes, the beautiful looking crispy roasted pork. The little squares of perfectly roasted pork belly had just the right level of golden pork crackling on top of soft and jube like pork. The little squares were completely melt-in-your-mouth but with a satisfying crunch from the crackling. The sweetness from the pork was just right, with the flesh retaining enough moisture that you never felt that you needed a sauce (there was a sauce) in fact a sauce would have detracted from the delicate flavour, so I used it only sparingly.We followed the beautifully presented pork with a very rustic looking dish of sautéed beef fillet with onion scallion. Look, there was nothing wrong with the beef, it was well presented and expertly cooked, it just lacked a little flavour and punch. I'm not sure if it was a seasoning issue or something missing from the sauce, but whatever the case, it was a reasonably forgettable dish.Our second major faux pas of the evening, and one that also involved the Peking Duck, really had us rattled. After finishing the beef, we were left sitting around, wondering what was happening as no staff were coming near us but were positive that we'd ordered the half duck, but were equally positive that the duck from the pancakes was not anywhere near what we'd ordered. We even sent a WeChat to a blogger buddy to check on our expectations. We were just about to complain when the rest of our duck was finally presented on a huge plate. Phew, you can imagine our embarrassment on that one and we learned a lesson about ordering Peking Duck!The plate of expertly roasted duck was quite lovely. We'd been told that ordering a half a Peking duck can result in a slightly dry duck, but not the case. The roasted duck was dark and luxurious, with a strong flavour that really sets the palate alight (especially if you like gamey flavours). We realise that the rest of the duck gets sliced up, bones and all and we always struggle with getting the duck flesh off the tiny little bones. It was a struggle, but we managed to get most of the duck - success!There was no time left to order dessert, our ploy of rocking up without a reservation had only been partly successful, so we had to leave without sampling any of the Lei Garden sweet stuff. We'd had a moderately successful introduction to Lei Garden, but there were a couple of issues that detracted from our experience, which you'd expect more from a Michelin starred restaurant. Firstly, we'd only been given a short time to order and leave before the table was to be used again, but our wait staff pretty much ignored us for the first fifteen minutes. That really put us back a bit. Also, we'd ordered a side of steamed rice each, which didn't turn up until we'd just about finished the last of the duck. Not cool, it should have come with our beef dish, which may have been the difference with that slight fail.Lie Garden prides itself on it's service and we didn't really think that it was up to standard, which was a shame. The food was quite good overall too, but I didn't think it was any better than a heap of other Chinese restaurants we'd been to that didn't have Michelin stars. I guess, I was expecting a little more from our visit. I was also pretty disappointed that I was told one of the signature dishes was no long on the menu, when it's still online... Not sure what's up with that?However, I have to give Lei Garden the benefit of the doubt, they managed to squeeze us in when they could have just as easily turned us away. Given that there are six restaurants with a Michelin star, my plan is to check out one of the others, next time, I'll make a reservation.We loved the place settings at Lei GardensOops, not an amuse bouche but part of the Peking duck!Lots of segmented seats gives a real private dining feel at Lei GardenYeah, I loved the pork bellyUltra thin pancakes and lots of crispy skin. I think we needed more duck flesh though.Rice, better late than never?Our neighbours also enjoyed the pork belly, but they left some!?Lei Gardens is located in IFC Central continue reading