Don’t be intimidated by the lavish menu of shark fin, abalone and bird’s nest offered at Lei Garden.
There are plenty of typical and reasonably priced Cantonese dishes to choose from, and a selection of dim sum offered from 11.30am until 3pm.The baked soft-shell crab with egg yolk created by the restaurant’s innovative chef, which quickly became a hit, is impressive.A little sweet, a little spicy, just enough to wake your taste buds, and light, crispy and crunchy in texture, it’s a delight.
There’s no question about who is best in town for dim sum, so wise up and reserve for Saturday or Sunday. While still pricey, weekends are a cheaper way to have a Lei Garden experience, and your money goes far. If you stick with the dumplings and the restaurant’s magical steamed roast pork buns (order some char siu on the side), you’ll be rewarded with made-to-order treats worth the wait. Reserve your egg tarts when seated (it’s not uncommon to do so upon making your reservation), and don’t be surprised if you get a phone call from your ‘personal manager’ to reserve portions of dishes likely to sell out. Service varies from excellent to sheer panic. There’s no English dim sum menu, but helpful staff and minimal Chinese will get you well fed.
Dim sum available 11.30am-2pm daily. Around 200RMB per person. Lillian Chou