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Tsui Wah is Popping Up Everywhere! Sep 23, 2012
Our usual dim sum place was full, so we drove to Wan Chai to see what we could possibly have for lunch. We were planning to go to a kebab place, but it was not opened. I then noticed there was a Tsui Wah right beside the kebab stall. Is it just me or is Tsui Wah popping up everywhere? The outside looked quite classy for a Tsui Wah, and I always love coming to this place for slightly overpriced local food. We entered the restaurant and were ushered upstairs. I must say, the decor was quite impressive, in comparison to the other Tsui Wah Restaurants I have been too. The restaurant chain is really starting to go for a more modern feel, which I appreciate greatly. Once we were seated comfortably in a booth, we proceeded to peruse the menu and then placed our orders.
This dish was served hot. The portion appeared much smaller than in the other Tsui Wah Restaurants. The soup was definitely over-seasoned. The ham was cold and quite fatty. The toast was really small, but the eggs were cooked very well. This dish came within two minutes of placing our order, which is what I call speedy service.
This dish was served hot. Once again the portion was tiny in comparison to the other Tsui Wah Restaurants. The soup was was only a little bit over-seasoned this time. The shredded pork was very fat. This dish took five minutes to come, which I would still consider very speedy service.
This is one of Tsui Wah's all time most popular dishes. The portion was tiny, however the bun was very crispy. My dad commented that it was not up to it usual standard, but liked how they did not douse the bun in condensed milk. The amount was just right.
I always order this, as it is one of my all time favourite dishes. The dish was steaming, and when I put a bite to my mouth, it was too hot. That is a very good sign. There were more ingredients then usual, which I liked very much. The noodles were fried perfectly and the portion although it appeared smaller, was actually larger than at other Tsui Wah Restaurants. My only complaint was that there was too much sauce, and it was more viscous than usual, I prefer it slightly thicker.
This was a huge disappointment. As a classic Tsui Wah dish, I believe the standard of this pineapple bun was appalling to say the least. First, it was not hot. Secondly, the top of the pineapple bun was not crisp at all. With that being said, when I finally proceeded to bite into the bun, it was not warm, or tender, and I felt really disappointed. I think if this branch is to survive, the pineapple bun must be improved to meet the high quality standards set at this restaurants other establishments. Otherwise, the reputation of Tsui Wah in my mind will drop many points.
Luckily, the milk tea was not a disappointment. A classic, and a definite must have. What really added value to this simple local drink was the presentation and the choice of cups to serve it in. Hot, yummy, rich, soothing goodness.
The overall dining experience was pleasant. It was not crowded at all, probably because it was only 11:00am on a Sunday morning. I am delighted that there is now a Tsui Wah in Wan Chai, as it is less crowded then Causeway Bay and Central. However, the quality at this branch is much lower than the other eateries. Maybe, this place still needs a little bit more time to get into the swing of things, but I'm not sure I will be returning here in the near future. I will, however be paying the Tsui Wah in Causeway Bay a visit to restate my confidence in this restaurants pineapple bun.
Supplementary Information:For first time diners, it may be useful to know that it is customary to bring the bill downstairs to pay. I would also recommend going on a Sunday morning as there will be less people, however if you want an authentic Tsui Wah experience, then you have to go at lunch time on a business working day. It is great that there is now a Tsui Wah in Wan Chai near the bars, a good place to sober up after a good night out at the nearby bars and clubs.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Sep 23, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD50(Lunch)
Value for Money4
European breakfast @ Tsui Wah Restaurant Jul 13, 2012
I don't know why, but I always think the food at TW is over priced.
Anyway I tried their breakfast which costs $35.
It was sweetened orange juice and it seems to be the Tropicana brand.
It was tasteless and needed condiments, it tasted like McDonalds scrambled egg.
I was really disappointed with the egg because other places such as fairwood the egg tastes nice without salt.
Just the usual baked beans but definately not the Heinz brand.
The fish was nice and tender however it was slighty over fried.
The pumpkin was not soft enough and sweet.
This was something I liked because the bun was not sweet and it was buttered.
I thought it was salad cream but it turned out to be Japanese mayonnaise which saved the tasteless egg.
English menu: Yes!
Yummy factor: Not really
Value for Money1
Poshed up Tsui Wah Restaurant Jan 17, 2012
Previously this used to be Uno-Mas and Piel de Toro downstairs but now TW has taken over !!!
Sad to see them go!
Anyway it really stands out on this side of Lockhart road especially being a Chinese cuisine amongst the pubs and international restaurants!!
Luckily their usual Chinese corporate appearance has been toned down with dark windows and dark theme to match the glamourity of Lockhart Road.
My only reason for dining here was just curiosity to see how they converted Uno-Mas into TW!!
As the interior is slightly different to their other branches, they should have some exclusive dishes that are only served at this branch.
Since I have not visited TW in ages they now have this barcoded ordering system, not sure if it is new, but the amusing thing is that they still use a pen to write down your table number.
The noodles came with a separate side of chili sauce, overall it tasted ok, the prawns were big and springy and the noodles tasted OK.
The soup accompanying the noodles was their renowned soup cooked with sharks bones.
English menu: yes, and they have pictures!
Yummy factor: OK if you like local food
MSG levels: slight
Value for Money3