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The Chinese Restaurant, located on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, provides a welcome respite for weary shoppers. The restaurant attracts patrons of all manners, from families and business people to tourists and couples enjoying a romantic evening out. Seating is comfortably spaced with various options available depending on your party size, although we would recommend the plus banquettes in the dining room. Private dining rooms are available for larger groups, and although the overall experience is enjoyable, it can get loud in the evening with live music streaming from the adjacent Chin Chin Bar.
The menu features enough variety to cater to all diners’ needs, consisting of both Cantonese classics and modern reinterpretations by head chef Lo Kwai-kai. To get a comprehensive taste of some of chef Lo’s offerings, the appetiser selection allows guests to choose either four or six options from the appetisers (priced at HK$98 each)—we enjoyed the marinated cucumber that was unusually dressed with a dried plus sauce, adding a sour note that helped to whet the appetite. The steamed aubergine with a soy glaze and minced garlic was also solid, while the marinated pork neck had a bit of a kick with its spicy chilli sauce. The crispy bean curd cubes are always a crowd pleaser, lightly dusted with a spicy salt. The double-boiled crab meat soup is served in a sweet young papaya, and is a hearty soup with warming ingredients. The clay pot lobster with ginger and vermicelli arrives extremely hot and fragrant, with the vermicelli absorbing the sweetness of the crustacean, although we found the batter encasing the chunks of lobster to be slightly thick and dense for our liking. For dessert, the chilled black sesame pudding is passable, although we would have liked a more pronounced sesame flavour.
The wine list contains a good variety of both old world and new world producers, with most selections available between HK$100-$200 per glass, and HK$500-$800 per bottle. Chinese spirits such as mao tai and hua diao may also be ordered, with premium Chinese teas also on the menu for something non-alcoholic.
The wait staff are knowledgeable of the menu, and able to provide recommendations and introductions to each dish. Overall, the service is consistent with that of a hotel restaurant, with servers always polite and unobtrusive.
A dinner for two will cost approximately HK$1,600, which is reasonable considering the location, quality of food, and good level of service.