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Large numbers of both regulars and tourists come to Luk Yu Tea House for the traditionally prepared and flavoursome dim sum, and its three floors fill ...
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Reviewed 27 April 2022

Used to go to this restaurant a lot when I was small as a senior relative of mine was a shareholder and this restaurant was his canteen. Stopped going there since some 25 years ago when my relative passed away. Began to visit this restaurant...again about a year ago when my daughter was back from UK and had not been to this restaurant. Since then, it had become one of our favourite Chinese restaurants as we are impressed by the quality of the ingredients, the natural flavor of the food, traditional signature dishes and the soups it serves. The dishes we like include deep fried sliced grouper in corn sauce and sweet and sour pork. These are simple dishes but so far, to us, only one or two restaurants cook them really well (Luk Yue included). My daughter says the sliced groper in corn sauce reminded her of her childhood as this was a dish which our first maid would cook for her when she was a little child. Its roasted Yunnan ham is the best in town and is a must try. You can have it with sliced pigeon or chicken or on its own. On my latest visit, I was particularly impressed with its fried pho with shrimp and scrambled egg which is not oily at all. Most Chinese restaurants cooked fried pho dishes with lots of oil even if you had specifically asked them not to. The dessert we had was also yummy, i.e. glutinous rice cake with sesame paste inside. We like their desserts as they are not so sweet, have a lot of variety to choose from and many are quite unique too. The menu is changed every two weeks. The prices this restaurant charges is very reasonable too. Just to give one example, for sliced pork with bitter melon (a dish we like and ordered almost every meal if the restaurant served it), a nearby restaurant well known for its roast goose (which we used to go very often but hardly since last year) charges HK$240 whilst this restaurant charges HK$200 but the portion it serves is almost double the size of the nearby restaurant. More importantly, it tastes better and is less oily than the other restaurant too. Once you have been there a few times so that you are no longer a total stranger, you could also bring your own live seafood for them to cook for you. All it charges is a cooking fee of a few hundred Hong Kong dollars. Many restaurants will not do that as they make money from selling fresh seafood by charging a price easily at three times the cost. If you know a particular waiter well, he would also go down to the Aberdeen market to buy the freshest seafood for you during his afternoon break to cook in the restaurant in the evening so that there is no need for you to go there yourself. Its signature soup, pig’s lungs with Almond, is a very famous traditional soup and is available throughout the year. It is well known for being good for the lungs and is probably the best in town also. You can ask them to serve only the soup without the pig’s lungs if you don’t eat them. In this way, you will get more soup. This was what we were told by the waiters when they saw that they did not eat the ingredients but only the soup. Apart from the signature soup, they have a daily soup which changes daily. In addition, they also have another soup which it serves all year round. This is like a home cooked soup, i.e. fish broth with tomato, potatoes and sliced pork. You could also ask them to cook ‘instant’ soup for you from whatever ingredients they have in their kitchen. Just you name it and if they have it, they will cook it for you. The soup we ordered on last visit was sliced pork, tomato, thousand years egg with coriander. We had wanted to add tofu too but the waiter advised us not to because it would mean HK$20 more but less soup as the serving bowl could only contain extra ingredient at the expense of less soup and the waiter told us it was not worth it. The soup tasted really yummy. Other instant soups we often ordered were (1) mustard leaf, salty egg and sliced pork and (2) sliced goby, thousand year egg with coriander. These are home cooked soups popular for curing sore throat, a problem which I often had. Many people do not like this restaurant because they feel the service is bad and it is so difficult to get a table but the waiters are in fact quite nice and friendly. I remember even during our first few visits last year when we were unfamiliar faces the different waiters who served us on different floors were already quite nice and friendly to us. They took the initiative to talk to us and were concerned that we had ordered too much food that we could not finish and the food would be wasted. Soon they found out their concerns were unnecessary as we enjoyed and finished all the dishes. Somehow, this restaurant has a family feel to us and invariably, we would go there for their soup. It is definitely a place worth visiting but just note that they only serve their regular customers during their rush hours from 12 noon to 2 pm. So the best time to go there is to avoid those hours or try to become a regular customer there.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

Loved the traditional style decorations of this place. Food selections for morning dim sum is limited. No cheung fun. This is a surprise. Service is ok. Pricing of the dim sum is slightly on the expensive side. Pls note although there is 10% service charge...added to the bill, according to the staff they do not get this. So you will need to pay cash in order for the waitress to get the tip.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

Fantastic dim sum and tea experience. This is how it should be I think, lovely small plates of restaurant made dim sum, paired with your individual choice of tea. Served in antique and calm surroundings that is a million miles away from noisy HK streets...or the bling of modern giant dim sum restaurants. This is a spot for calmer conversation over a tea (served the traditional way dependent on the type of tea you want, green, white, red, fermented etc). White table clothes and genteel wait staff add a touch of ‘old HK club’ feel to the Chinese tea and dim sum food experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 8 June 2020 via mobile

When i was just ready for going home from work, my mum inform me that she need to take a rest tonight. Therefore, she told me to prepare my dinner. I just dont wanna cook. So i dated my husband for dinner. We went to...Little Mario's Pizzeria. The decoration there was very stylish and the seats were comfotable. The staffs are friendly. They actively introduce the menu to us. We orderered Mocha, pineapple oolong shaken tea, spicy vegetable samosus, Truffles carbonara and Chicken Tikka Pizza. The pineapple Oonlong tea is fresh and appetizing. The Mocha is amazing and very creamy. The samosus and the Pizza are of indian style which amazed me a lot. I will surely come back for one more Tikka pizza. 臨放工 呀媽打黎話今日休息唔煮飯 叫我食自己咁話 又唔想自己煮啦 咁咪叫埋老公黎接我放工落葵興食野囉, 葵興出名多野食 緊有一間岩食既 我地係openrice 見到Little Mario's Pizzeria D食評都講到幾正咁 於是就行左入去 裝修得幾有意式風格 地方好闊落 先黎兩杯野飲 凍菠蘿烏龍茶同埋熱Mocha 杯烏龍茶茶味好濃郁 加埋酸酸甜甜既菠蘿好醒胃 而杯Mocha拉花都拉得好有心機 咖啡味好重 香濃得黎冇苦澀味 然後我老公好玩野 黎意大利餐廳話想食印度野 真係反眼反到去外太空 佢叫左個印度香料烤雞薄餅 雜菜咖哩角 同埋松露卡邦尼意粉 Waiter哥哥好親切 上菜會主動介紹菜式 抵讚 首先上菜既係咖哩角 有別於一般係香港食到既咖哩角 呢碟大大隻炸到漲卜卜 咁 超吸引 食落真係好有南亞feel 我老公去過印度  佢係印度成日都食到呢種味 佢話應該係落左印度既香料 講唔出係咩味 但食到好上癮 食完一隻會想拿拿聲食下一隻 再黎既係黑松露卡邦尼意粉 一上枱已經聞到好重既黑松露味同芝士既咸香味 配埋香濃既煙肉味 被爽滑既意粉吸收曬 嘴刁既老公都讚好 最後亦係我最期待既 就係Pizza 聽到食印度香料薄餅 我真係有少少卻步 但食落原來係咁過癮 睇返餐牌 原來果種香料味叫Malasa 真係好香好好味 Pizza上邊仲有墨西哥辣椒 雞肉 青紅椒 洋蔥同埋Mozzarella cheese 竟然出奇地夾 但講真有少少辣左d 姐姐老了受唔著 大家有興趣想食可以叫佢少辣 When i was just ready for going home from work, my mum inform me that she need to take a rest tonight. Therefore, she told me to prepare my dinner. I just dont wanna cook. So i dated my husband for dinner. We went to Little Mario's Pizzeria. The decoration there was very stylish and the seats were comfotable. The staffs are friendly. They actively introduce the menu to us. We orderered Mocha, pineapple oolong shaken tea, spicy vegetable samosus, Truffles carbonara and Chicken Tikka Pizza. The pineapple Oonlong tea is fresh and appetizing. The Mocha is amazing and very creamy. The samosus and the Pizza are of indian style which amazed me a lot. I will surely come back for one more Tikka pizza.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 22 March 2020

Decided to eat here for a quick lunch with family after roaming around Hong Kong Island and before making our way to the airport. Got ushered to the upper floor (I think foreigners get herded there?), service was quick and a bit impersonal, English language...menu available, dimsum was delicious but a bit expensive.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 17 March 2020 via mobile

If one wants to experience the very old style of Chinese dim sum restaurant which offers authentic & high standard food, this is a definite choice on top of the list. It’s pig’s lung almond soup is a must try & very rich & yummy....The baked chicken rice in dry scallop sauce was very flavourful while chicken was tender & juicy. The fish maw & pan-fried pepper in shrimp paste were of high standards. The steamed beef ball was a very old style dim sum which I didn’t like as much when I was young but I love it now. What was not as good was the steamed shrimp dumpling since the wrapping was a bit rough in texture. Of course, the overall price tag was not cheap but acceptable.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 20 January 2020

A difficult place to find and came with quite good reviews. However, we found it relatively bland, and very expensive compared to the alternate options. The preserved Duck Pie was the stand out, with great pastry. Dumplings were very “ordinary” though. We had 4 dishes,...one of which was greens, and the bill was $500 HK+. Ridiculous given the choices.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 17 January 2020

This place was recommended in a HK brochure so thought it must be reasonably good. It was terrible. There are 3 floors without windows, music or ambience and we were sent to 2nd floor even though ground floor with windows and some people wasn’t full....It was like eating in a bland cafeteria. Food wasn’t much better and soooo overpriced. Very, very expensive for what it is. Also, had to pay cash for drinks and could pay card for food. What’s the about?! We didn’t even have enough cash! Topped off a crap night (our last in HK) where we were excluded from two bars because guys were wearing shorts! It’s the 21st century and 23 degrees - get with the program HK. There are no tourists around because of the riots and yet we get treated like this. We don’t want to spend our money here now. Glad we’re leaving.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 6 January 2020

We are a big fan of Luk Yu for more than 10 yrs. However, we have not visit for last 2 year as we did not have a chance to come to HK. This time at luk Yu is a must for me. We always...go go dimsum during the morning time. No tourist at all. (always like this). One thing I regcon is the Service improve a lot which is not so familiar to me 😂. YET the food is so yummy. Honestly, before I went this time, I check all the review and luk Yu got only 3.5 stars for service and the price. To me, I still keep coming to luk to for Breakfast Dimsum and local feelings which I would not get from anywhere.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 23 November 2019

Luk Yu Tea House was established in 1933 on Wing Kut Street in Central District where business men meet every morning and over lunch daily.You need to be somebody before you could book a table as most tables are being booked daily. In 1967 the...Tea House moved to the current Stanley Street. The Tea House has four floors with the kitchen located on the fourth floor.The Tea House is decorated with many old Chinese paintings painted by famous artists such as the late Zhang Daqiam and others. Dim sum at Luk Yu Tea House is mediocre while dinner is much better. I like the shark fin fry egg in particular as most restaurants do not have it on their menu.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Response from 356lenniel | Reviewed this property |
Agree with @daviduzbek above. I won’t visit this place ever again either.
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Both of the time i’ve been there it wasn’t so difficult to get a table. They just don’t do a reservation. Well I suggest just don’t go there on a regular meal time a bit before or after is great. When you there go upstairs... More
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Yes, Luk Yu Tea House offers takeaway services.

Luk Yu Tea House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3.5