I hadn't thought to come here at all. Their Wanchai branch (actually the original location) has a much higher profile. But on a weekday, who would have thought that a simple reservation for 4 people for a relatively early lunch spot at noon would NOT be available at the now elusive 3-Michelin starred Sun Tung Lok.
Literally, a stone's throw from Sun Tung Lok, Fook Lam Moon turned out to be a not-too-shabby second choice. This Michelin one-starred Chinese restaurant was more spruced up than I thought it would be. The street level entrance was understated but as the doors swing open, a smiley host took us up one level by the elevator, landing us at a swanky bar area. Swanky by Chinese restaurant standards, that is. It's not your hip, chill-out lounge type place. As we were led to our table, smiles and greetings descended upon us. Highly unusual for a Chinese restaurant but a big round of applause to whoever manages and trains their staff.
Despite the modern decor, what we got was actually good quality old-fashioned Dim-Sum. This long-time established restaurant showed its commitment to using good produce and letting them speak for themselves, with simple yet traditional preparation methods which enhance rather than overwhelm.
|Deep Fried Spring Rolls 春卷|
|Shrimp Dumplings 蝦餃|
|Crispy Roast Pork 燒腩仔|
|Steamed Shrimp Rice Rolls 鮮蝦腸粉|
|Radish and Fish Patties 蘿蔔鯪魚餅|
|Fu Yong Omelet on Vermicelli 芙蓉蛋煎米|
|Steamed "Malay" Cake 馬拉糕|
While pricey for dim sum in a land where every other shop offers dim sum, Fook Lam Moon's offering is positioned for those who appreciate the old world goodness and perhaps this explained the average age of the customer (excluding our table and the group of young Koreans next to us) was about 65 and up. Don't write them off, 'cos they obviously know a thing or 2 about real food.
Shop 8, 1/F
53 Kimberley Road
Tsim Sha Tsui