Nobody likes the new Tim Ho Wan

Nobody likes the new Tim Ho Wan

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but there have been surprisingly many negative reviews of the famous dim sum hut's new branch

We rejoiced at the news of Tim Ho Wan finally opening a second branch. The hole-in-the-wall dim sum joint served such consistently impressive food that even Michelin judges took notice and awarded the Mongkok restaurant one star last year. Since then, it has been virtually impossible to get a table there. A wait for a table can last up to three hours, and many heads have been scratched while pondering the lack of expansion in the face of such ridiculously good business.

No surprise then that a new branch of Tim Ho Wan has opened in Sham Shui Po. The waiting time there is a reasonable five to 15 minutes, but alas, it is not receiving the rave reviews one might expect. It's a classic case of 'be careful what you wish for,' as food bloggers blast the new joint for disappointing food, cramped surroundings, and rude service, and many snide comments towards Michelin's judgement:

On Openrice: After opening a few weeks, the Sham Shui Po Tim Ho Wan has garnered five smiley faces vs. 11 sad faces on Openrice. Reviewer 燒賣+龍蝦 says she finds it regrettable that the new branch cannot keep up the standards of the original.

Blogger 井底之蛙 says that if this place is still worth a Michelin star, then he knows of a joint worth two stars -- down a small alley in an industrial district where you can get lo mai gai and ha gau for twenty bucks.

Blogger 一切還好 quotes a restaurant owner who observes the irony that even street side vendors of beef innards and fish balls have to become listed companies in order to be seen as successful in Hong Kong's finance-centric culture.

Been to the new Tim Ho Wan and want to share your opinion on it? Do so in the comments box below:


Tim Ho Wan

1) Shop no. 8, Tsoi Yuen Mansion Phase 2, 2-20 Kwong Wah Street, Mongkok, tel +852 2332 2896
2) 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po

After traveling around the world on a fistful of dollars, Zoe returns to Hong Kong, where she grew up, to discover and write about all the inspiring stuff that happens here on a daily basis.

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