Dragon-i restaurant in Central offers a superb selection of dim sum

Spacious restaurant offers dim sum lovers a superb selection

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:48am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 7:48am

FARE Chinese. AMBIENCE The spacious interior is noted for its big circular banquette booths, carved wood screens of geometric Chinese patterns and hanging cylindrical red lanterns with dragon shadows. And, after 15 years, it still feels as good as new. There is also seating outside on the podium, some looking out to Hollywood. COST All-you-can-eat dim sum for HK$238 per person, and à la carte Chinese menu. WHO TO BRING Choose one of the more tucked away small tables for a cosy lunch with a loved one, or the big circular booth with a group of friends.

The dim sum selection is superb. Everything was presented elegantly, even the pickled vegetables served as amuse bouches. The steamed shrimp dumplings (har gao) had a delicate skin, and the crustacean inside was plump and crisp. The deep-fried crab claws with shrimp paste had a golden crust and the meat was firm, soothing and sweet. The individually portioned steamed conpoy and crab meat with bamboo pith dumpling in supreme broth was smooth and full of umami flavour. Pan-fried turnip cake is lightly browned outside and cottony inside - just as it should be. TURN-OFFS The spinach dumplings were bland, so much so we gave up on them after half a bite. DRINKS There is a range of premium teas, including fine oolong tea, presented in a porcelain tea pot with a vibrant floral pattern and a wicker-wrapped handle. At weekends, you pay HK$550 for all-you-can-eat dim sum and free-flowing Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial. Reggie Ho