Lin Heung Tea House

One of the food places that came highly recommended to us by Hongkong friends was Lin Heung Tea House. It is touted to be one of the oldest and most well-known Hongkong style Dim Sum restaurants. Some people even say it is the best one.

Since it is situated at Central and a walking distance from the shopping area we were at, we planned a pit-stop there for lunch. We were all prepared to wait in queue to get seats. When we arrived however, we saw this:
There was NO orderly queue at the entrance to the restaurant at all! The place was packed to the brim and waiting customers where hovering around tables, waiting to pounce on the next one that cleared. As we navigated our way around to look for possible target tables, we realised that we were in the way of many waitresses (tough, loud, old women) who were pushing carts filled with Dim Sum around the aisles.
Typically, patrons pick what they want when the carts reached their tables, but because of the tight squeeze of overly packed tables and waiting customers milling around, there was an added frenzy of people walking around ordering their food, or shouting their requests across tables.
After waiting for some time and getting used to dodging people, it became clear to us, two couples with a 4-month-old baby, that we would not get to sit anytime soon. We left, disappointed, to find food elsewhere.


imp said...

ummmmmm.....for this simple reason, i avoid dining 'simple' in HK. i hate the hassle and that deafening din. i think you'll like macau better. they form queues. and the owners of restaurants smile at you.

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

imp: Yeah we learnt the hard way! Come to think of it, we didn't get to eat in any of the recommended places by locals. The only good place was far away from the city at Sai Kung! Seafood was fantastic.

~tif;fany* said...

wah this is madness!! O.o

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

tiff: Yep - I really didn't like just how crowded it was. And it was hot too, so on several occasions I've had sweaty people bump into me.

~tif;fany* said...

eeee thats er xin. ALL THE SWEAT! and DEAD SKIN!! >_>