I seldom go to Hong Kong side but I’ve been wanting to see Hysan Place. There were so many restaurants to choose from but the warm and inviting interiors of The Dining Room really drew me in.
There were so many small details in the restaurant’s interiors that made it really feel so comfortable and inviting.
I just adored their house tea which the server said was buckwheat tea but I’m not really sure since we had a language problem. It had a totally different taste from any other tea made from grain like barley. It tasted and smelled like toasted sesame seeds.
The restaurant served Shanghai cuisine to our delight. The food was good and the prices were very reasonable. Shanghainese cuisine is unique for specializing in cold appetizers like cured ham and drunken chicken.
Gluten-free food is the fad nowadays but here we ordered gluten! This kind of gluten is often used in vegetarian dishes since it has a texture that can resemble meat and it soaks up sauce really well. Needless to say it was my favorite among the four appetizers.
A well browned and crispy bottom is always welcome.
I don’t like rice cakes but my mom loves them so we ordered it for her. Surprisingly their version was pretty good and tasted very ‘green’.
Simply fried fish topped with garlic was another good choice.
I was a bit wary to order the jasmine pudding with the word floral in the description. Luckily it didn’t taste flowery at all. I loved the potent tea flavor of the super creamy pudding which was just like panna cotta.
Their version of eight treasures sticky rice was not too sweet and the rice was soft but not mushy.
I will definitely go back to The Dining Room since their menu has so many, many delicious looking items that I want to try. I wish they would open a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui soon.
The Dining Room’s menu
The Dining Room
Shop 1201, 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay