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“Good food, cheap food, and fresh food but not the absolute best” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
Ranked #65 of 7,682 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Mong Kok
Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food, cheap food, and fresh food but not the absolute best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

Location:
Really not what I expected. I expected a massive restaurant with people pulling around dim sum (yum cha) carts but it is a tiny restaurant on a side street next to a shop that sells bikes and weapons...lol (good to know as the shop had no English signs so we weren't even sure if we were at the right place!)

Food:
Dont have high hopes, and you'll be impressed.
There are two dishes that are a must, my husband and I regret not getting more servings.
1. Baked BBQ Pork Bun (3pc)
2. Fried Dumpling with meat (3pc)
Everything else is fresh and delicious but not "to die for" like the above two dishes.

Line up, give them the number of ppl u are with and they will give u a menu with the number in line. Make sure you ask for an English menu which is a different coloured paper and have your order ready for when your number is called. You can always add to your order during your meal - just fill out another order form and give it to them.

We had to regularly ask someone else in line what number they were up to as they only call out the number in Chinese.

Go at around 2:30pm, you will only wait for about 20 mins, and not the usual 1.5 hours in peak time.

  • Visited June 2012
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“How they get Michellin”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012 via mobile

The food didn't taste good at all. Not fresh, small portion. Even under average quality in HonKong.

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Second Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

We went here two years ago for the first time and waited outside with our number for about 90 minutes. This time by luck we turned up and were able to get a seat straight away. Like last time were were on a table of six, which is good as we were able to socialise with the people sitting next to us. They were Canadian/ Chinese which was handy as they were able to communicate with the waiting staff on our behalf.
The food was just as good but unfortunately we over ordered and felt a bit stuffed after. The pork buns are sensational as is all the other Dim Sum delicacies.
Amazing value as our 8 courses cost around $150 HKD about $20 AUD

Visited May 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“not worth the hype”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

was Anthony Bourdain wrong or did i just order the wrong dishes??? ironically enough, the dish i liked the most was one that i didn't even order - the woman i was sharing the table with couldn't finish it. my expectations were high given the wait time and the reputation it had from reviews and by Anthony Bourdain's visit on The Layover. the reality was that i would never have found the place if it weren't for the line. there's no English anywhere to tell you you have arrived at Tim Ho Wan. you will however be greeted by a line, even if you arrive at 9:30am (though they open at 10)

when they tell you how long to wait for your table, stick around as you might get in sooner like it did.

the price is right but honestly, i had better dim sum in China...

Visited May 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Crowded and small restaurant at Mongkok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

We queued for a while for our turn to be seated in an extremely small restaurant. Taste of the dim sum were generally ok. I was told that I must try the Cha Siew Bao, which I had ordered 2 servings. Sadly, the fillings were very little when it came.

Visited June 2012
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