Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tim Ho Wan

Hong Kong's dumpling house Tim Ho Wan is one of the world's cheapest Michelin Star restaurants. So you can just imagine Melbournites excitement when we found out that a Tim Ho Wan (well several) were coming to our shores.

Unfortunately the CBD restaurant didn't quite live up to the hype and high expectations, with only two dishes being worthy enough to claim the title of worth going back for. 

In terms of the venue, cleaner and shinier then it's China Town counterparts (mainly to do with it being new), the venue consists of a large beige room full of cheap plastic tables and chairs crammed in close together. Service is quick (mainly because you are made to complete your order whilst waiting outside in the shivering cold) but don't expect your drinks to come until you've almost finished all of your dishes. 

But onto the world famous food, the highlights of the night were the pork buns ($7.80 for 3) - deliciously sweet and sticky on outside, rich and flavoursome on the inside - best pork bun I've ever had, and the wasabi prawn dumplings ($7.80 for 3) - an interesting but successful fusion of Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

Pork Buns

Wasabi Prawn Dumplings

The prawn dumplings (4 for $8.20), pork dumplings (4 for $7.80) and egg white Spring rolls (3 for $6.00) were nice, but I've had better dumplings from China town for less than half the price. 

Prawn Dumplings

Pork Dumplings

Egg White Spring Rolls

In terms of the low lights, the vermicelli roll with BBQ pork (3 for $7.50) and the turnip cake (3 for $6.00) had no flavour, and the spinach dumplings with shrimp (3 for $7.80) mainly tasted of raw garlic. 

Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork

Turnip cakes

Spinach dumplings with shrimp

Whilst offering the best pork buns I've ever had, for the wait, expense and otherwise mediocre food, sorry Tim Ho Wan but I will not be back. 

Food: 2/5
Decor: 2/5
Service: 2/5
Total: 6/15
Verdict: don't bother.
Tim Ho Wan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato