One Harbour Road – Exquisite Hong Kong Dim Sum with a View to Beat
[Hong Kong] One Harbour Road is ranked No 15 in the Miele Guide 2003 that celebrates Asia’s finest restaurants, selected after four rounds of judging. Perhaps this restaurant has been out of the radar for many, but its reputation is enough for me to want to check it out.
Located at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong at Wan Chai, it has a view of all views to beat, facing the famous Victoria Harbour where you can see both Hong Kong island and Kowloon if you get the best spots.
You may feel that you entered a film set upon entering the duplex restaurant, with a grandeur Shanghainese mansion feel, complete with the fully carpeted floors and plates each with a different floral design. I can just imagine this is where the rich and famous have their classic Cantonese cuisine.
Service is also unparalleled – very attentive, individualized, and staff makes excellent suggestions based on your preference. I did notice all staff were male with the exception of a female manager, interestingly.
I had the One Harbour Road Dim Sum Garden meant for two persons (HK$208, $33.14), one of the most gorgeous dim sum basket combination with eight pieces of delicate dim sum including Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling with Crab Coral, Steamed Dumpling with Truffle, and Steamed Pork Dumpling with Baby Abalone.
The presentation was flawless, and taste somewhere exquisite as it was piping-hot, fresh and tightly packed, though I did expect a more life-changing experience.
One Harbour Road’s dim sum quality is definitely above average, perhaps one of the top ranked in Hong Kong itself, just that you get the feeling that this may not be the best of it all yet.
The Baked Puff Pastry with Barbecued Pork and Sesame (HK$56, $8.90) would have been good enough if we had not had Tim Ho Wan the day before where the skin was much more crumbly thin, and the Pan-fried Rice Flour Rolls with Shredded Pork in Spicy Sauce ($95, $15.14) was highly satisfying for the first few bites with its insatiable fragrance till it got too oily to finish.
Some of its other signature dishes include the Stir Fried Shredded Wagyu Beeg with Vegetables, Fried Rice with Abalone in Stone Bowl and Deep-fried black Mushrooms tossed with Cinnamon Blossoms. I also ordered a Stir Fried Egg Noodles with Beef which I heard about (but not available in its menu so I had the pork version), and proves to be a note-worthy choice.
One Harbour Road impresses with its picturesque view and thoughtful service, while perhaps I came with a larger than large expectations for its food. I need to remind myself that this is the land of dim sum and roads to other choices are aplenty.
One Harbour Road 港灣壹號
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2584 7722
Opening Hours: 12:00-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm (Mon-Sat), 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm (Sun)