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$8 - $20
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Chinese, Asian
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1.6 km from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have not eaten here for many years . A friend reminded me how good it was. They were not mistaken , first time back for Saturday lunch was fantastic , so good that we returned a fortnight later . The food was fab ....The house special with noodles and belly pork with rice , were scrumptious. Hearty flavoursome dishes , full of meat and perfectly cooked vegetables. The portions are huge and actually too large . However the taste just makes you want to keep eating . The chilli oil served as a condiment on the table , packs a mighty punch . Whilst the taste of the food needs no enhancement , the chilli oil makes good dishes even better. This place is a cafe, if you want a refined atmosphere and decor it is not for you . If you want great authentic food then it is for you .More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 19 May 2022

Before the pandemic I was a regular here and rated it highly . After the pandemic I found that it had been taken over by new management. I find that the staff are not as friendly and standards have slipped. The food is generally good...but not as nice as it was for some reason The toilets have been out of order for around 2 weeks now and the nearest toilets are in McDonalds which staff encouraged customers to use. It is around a 5 minute walk away which is not convenient. Last time I went in there was a notice saying there would be a slight increase in price. Today it cost me £10 for S&S chicken, fried rice and a can of coke. That is a £2 increase in my usual order which I would not call a “slight” increase. For those who have not eaten here before I would like to point out that the portions are quite small but perfect for lunch. It is no longer value for money in my opinion. I appreciate that they have had higher costs passed on to them but I will not be dining here anymore at their new prices. .More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 28 February 2022

I’ve been a regular here for years but unfortunately the last few times I’ve visited there’s always been something a bit wrong. The most recent lunch I had here was a lunch menu item, chicken in batter with boiled rice. The chicken was dry and...crumbly, yet greasy. Unpleasant. It’s a favourite meal I’ve had before without issues. Last time was a little dry, this time I couldn’t even finish it. Chicken either stale or fried too long. It’s a shame. I’ll give it some time before returning. Some new faces recently so maybe a change in management?More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 9 February 2022 via mobile

The Hong Kong Teabar is under new ownership and the experience seems to have improved. At first I noticed changes to the dishes and thought that it was going to be a change for the worse but after going back a few times more I...think it's actually better than it was before. The old owners seem to have plenty of issues with environmental health which was always a bit of a downer when the food seemed good. I spoke to the new proprietor soon after he took the business on and he seemed like a decent person. I will be continuing my weekly visit because I love the place. I took my visiting friend there and he used to live in Portsmouth. He said he'd walked past it many times without knowing how good the food was and claimed that his Kung Po Chicken with Singapore noodles was the best chinese food He'd ever eaten.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2021

I’ve been a patron oh HKTB for 20 years, it’s incredibly rare that there is a problem with the food. The ownership recently changed over to new owners, I ordered soft belly pork which tastes nothing like the old chefs, it was overly salty and...not palatable at all. The pork was soft in some areas and dried out in others. I also ordered 3 black bean dishes which arrived without the rice, I called the restaurant to inform them that our rice is missing, the guy on the phone was beyond useless and incompetent, he tried to argue that we didn’t order rice, I pointed out that the dishes ordered come with rice as indicated on their menu, he did not try to resolve the issue, I asked him to resend the rice and he wouldn’t, I asked for a refund and he said he can’t. The new owners need to learn customer service, my family usually love their black bean dishes but you couldn’t taste any black bean at all, it just tasted like soy sauce and black pepper, there was never any black pepper in this dish before. The service was so poor I informed them that in the 20 years we’ve been patrons of HKTB we will never go back and inform our friends and family about the awful experience, ultimately had to raise an incident with PayPal for a partial refund!!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 15 October 2021

An absolute diamond in the rough of landport,best chinese around,plentiful and delicious,beats others hands down

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021

I love Chinese food. I have travelled to China and eaten it there, and also eaten it across the world. The one thing I have to say about the Hong Kong Tea Bar is this. The hot and sour soup I had there was in...the top three, maybe top two That I have ever tasted. It really is that good. Cold Coke, very hot (temperature wise) soup, and a main of beef with ginger and pineapple. The soup was hot, it was spicy, it was thick, it was moreish. It was so hot, I managed to eat my main while waiting for it to cool down. The food and service is excellent. Dont be put off by the exterior, this is a cafe not a restaurant, and if you want great food, give it a go. Please try the soup, you will not be sorry. I aim to go back, many times, just for the soup, and maybe some prawn crackers for dipping.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 23 June 2021

Came here recently on a few occasions with a table of six and today table for 2. Ordered pork hot and spicey and both our meals came out pipping hot and tasting great.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 10 June 2021 via mobile

Only a cafe , not a restaurant, but the most amazing Chinese food around! You can get a decent meal here for £8, they don’t sell alcohol.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021

I ordered from here via Uber eats and it was awful. The sent chips that weren’t cooked properly with the watered down curry sauce already poured over them which made them all soggy, I had to bin the lot they were so bad. The sweet...and sour wasn’t balance properly and was so sour and left a horrid taste in your mouth. All in all it was awful!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 17 May 2021 via mobile

Food isn’t great at all... terribly overpriced. As a 100% HongKongese.... I am sure this is not authentic Hong Kong food...

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2020 via mobile

Just a cafe selling a mixture of Chinese cuisine, but the food is delicious, try the crispy belly pork, or their house noodles with three meat, don’t get dressed and they don’t sell allots all about the food! You can get a fantastic meal for...less than £8More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 10 July 2020

We were looking forward to visiting the Hong Tong Tea Bar again after lock down, the food was the same, nothing exceptional but the prices wow, why the 45% increase? I know times have been difficult (for us all) but seriously is this the way...to get back your old customers? I think not, We won't be eating there again until the prices have dropped to an affordable level, Good luck if people are prepared to pay these prices, we will stick to fish and chips on the sea front.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 22 October 2019 via mobile

It was a while ago now but we had a customer service experience never to be forgotten. I ordered crispy belly pork with chicken and soft noodles. The food came out and the chicken was full of bones and was bloody. I was less than...impressed and took it back to the counter. A sour faced Chinese woman marched over to our table and stood over us shouting. I wasn't having any of it and stood up too. I told her straight that I wasn't going to pay for boney and bloody chicken let alone eat it. She tried to shout me down in front of the whole place but it didn't work. I demanded chicken breast properly cooked and NOW! It came out and she begrudgingly brought it to our table. She then screamed that next time I should say no bone! I think perhaps the Chinese prefer the meal with boned and bloody chicken. I'm not Chinese! Perhaps they need to understand English preferences and I needed to be aware of Chinese preferences. Indeed a clash of cultures. I'd get sacked if I behaved like that towards customers at work.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 25 September 2019

A Chinese cafe next to the Painters pub. Ideal for a few beer then a meal. The Tea Bar is excellent and heavily patronised by Chinese which speak for itself.Food is excellent with a good selection. Very fast and friendly service. The home made chilli...oil sets off your meal perfectly. It doesn’t serve alcohol and is cash only.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Hong Kong Tea Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5