Maxim’s Palace City Hall is a restaurant that shows up in quite a number of results when we searched for best restaurants for dim sum in Hongkong during out recent visit to the Fragrant Harbour. This Chinese restaurant is said to be the place to visit to get a feel of the traditional Cantonese “yum char” experience. Maxim’s Palace City Hall is also one of the few remaining places where they still serve dim sum on trolleys that are wheeled around the restaurant. TripAdvisor ranks it as #185 of 9,926 restaurants in Hong Kong.
The queue to get into Maxim’s Palace City Hall, Hong Kong
Maxim’s Palace City Hall does not accept reservations for lunch. Their lunch hours are from
The situation was made manageable by two things. An efficient queue system and an energetic receptionist. There is a machine that dispenses queue numbers. Once that ticket is secured, we asked the receptionist for an
This is a picture of our ticket. Our wait was about 20 minutes. Because there was a grace period (as long as we do not miss our turn by more than 30 numbers), we did not feel pressured to be there when our number was called.
Here are pictures of the stars of Maxim’s Palace City Hall – the ladies driving the dim sum trolleys. The system was straightforward once we found our table. Just wait for the trolleys to pass by and indicate our interest. The food items are shown in front of each trolley in both Chinese and English. A few trolleys even have a video screen showing pictures of the food. It is quite user-friendly. The food items are recorded on a card that is placed on each table.
Maxim’s Palace City Hall turned out to be what many people had described in various blogs and reviews. It was a massive hall, the size of a hotel ballroom. The large chandeliers and the
We had a few typical dim sum items – char siew bao,
Our simple dim sum lunch at Maxim’s Palace City Hall Hong Kong was certainly an interesting experience. We agree with the reviews indicating that the main attraction of the Maxim lunch is the experience rather than the quality of food.
2/F, Low Block, City Hall
Central, Hong Kong
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm (Mon-Sat)
9:00am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm (Sun/PH)
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