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Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Ming Bistro in Causeway Bay’s trendy dim sum

Yum cha for younger Hongkongers with an eclectic menu and contemporary decor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 12:00am

For those who like yum cha but not the noise in traditional Chinese restaurants, there’s a new place that serves dim sum in a trendy but quiet setting.

Located in Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Ming Bistro is run by the second generation of the family behind Chinesechain, Ming Garden Restaurant.

Reflecting the style of the youthful management, Ming Bistro has avoided the traditional decoration of Chinese restaurants; the green wood panelling lends a strong café ambience. Diners can watch the chefs prepare dim sum in the open kitchen.

The wide-ranging menu includes dim sum, Shanghainese and Sichuan food and Western-influenced baked rice.

Sichuan-style fish (HK$128) comes in a big bowl and is enough for three people. The fresh, crunchy fish is served in a broth made with more than 10 spices including green pepper and vine pepper.We also like the house-made noodles with a rich satay pork (HK$52) full of peanut.

A cold dish of jellyfish with aged vinegar (HK$58) was refreshing, the jellyfish came in large pieces rather than the usual small slivers.

We also enjoyed two seafood dishes – tiger prawn and chips with Carbanni sauce (HK$58) and Hong Kong-style wok-fried mantis shrimps (HK$68), which were reasonably priced.

The restaurant offers four Western-style desserts, a good option is the crème caramel (HK$28).

Ming Bistro, shop 1401, 14/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2180 6578.

Open: 11.30am-11pm