This is my final post ending a week of dim sim and it is time for the place you will probably go if you visit Hong Kong or will have definitely been if you live here – Maxim’s Palace in City Hall.
The reason you will go or have been is that it is has dim sum trolleys. Simple. It also has all of those other things which somehow mean character when you apply them to dim sum restaurants – putrid carpet, epic chandeliers and the appearance of entrenched chaos. Maxim’s has all of them in spades. I want to mention two things in this review. The first, given that you normally go to dim sum on a weekend relatively early after an inappropriate amount of alcohol is particularly important. The coke they served is the best I have had for ages. Cold, in nice bulbous crystal glasses. Fresh and fizzy. Not the normal cheap made it Turkey in 1923 stuff you sometimes find.
Second, despite the fact that some of the trolleys have TVs in them (seriously) it is an above par experience. It is even, on occassion good. But most of all it is fun. It is like that dim sum experience you loved as a child where you delve in trolleys not knowing what you might find. Lids lift up, steam escapes. People fetch and bustle. You glimpse around the room trying to catch the trolley containing your favourites before it escapes. There were also a couple of very good dishes. Neither of which I have pictures of so I am left trying to explain them. One was a type of octopus jerky where there was chewy octopus, cold, which you slowly munched on. The other was a baked BBQ pork bun with custard inside. Sounds terrible. Was delicious.
Whenever a friend comes to visit in future I’ll take them to Maxim’s as it is a little microcosm of Hong Kong where you can just sit back and enjoy the chaos.
Price – 300hkd (£26) if you are very hungover. 200hkd (£17) if you are less so.
1/F, City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
PS make sure you get there early as when we left at 11:30am the queue must have been over an hour